Archive - Feb 2012
Area churches will host Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday services this week as the Lenten season begins.
Young professionals in the Hickory Metro are invited to a Wednesday forum to share ways community leaders can attract and retain young adults in the coming years.
Catawba Valley citizens are also invited to support groups for sleep apnea and epilepsy.
For more information on these and other events this week, read on. For information about events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout Catawba County.
Cayla Miller picked the perfect time to have one of the biggest nights of her career.
The Newton-Conover senior guard scored 11 points â€” all in the second half â€” to guide the Lady Red Devils to the Catawba Valley 2A tournament title Friday in a 64-53 win over Bandys.
â€śI canâ€™t say enough about her,â€ť N-C coach Ike Williams said. â€śThatâ€™s the Cayla Miller weâ€™ve been waiting all year for to have a big game. She really stepped up. She hit a big three, made some putbacks and made some free throws. Thatâ€™s what you expect from a senior. Iâ€™m very proud of her.â€ť
Bandys sophomore Madi Story was named the Catawba Valley 2A player of the year Friday, while the Trojansâ€™ Beth Queen is the top coach in the conference.
Story joins her sister, Jesse, as back-to-back CVAC players of the year.
The Trojans had a league-leading four players named all-conference, including Chelsey Queen, Taylor Sigmon and both Story sisters.
Newton-Conover had the second-most selections in the Catawba Valley 2A, including Taylor Petty, Shynese Whitener and Kadesha Gibbs.
Maidenâ€™s lone selection in the conference was Sabrien Gaither.
TORONTO â€” Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night.
D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.
Millard Williams Jr., 77, of Hickory, died Feb. 16, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Williams family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory.
Loye Hefner, 86, of Conover, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum's Funeral Home in Hickory.
A host of defendants were convicted during the Feb. 6 week of Catawba County Criminal Superior Court, according to information provided by the District 25 Attorneyâ€™s Office.
The following area defendants were convicted.
â€˘ Phillip Owen Lail Jr. was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and was sentenced to no less than 25 months and no more than 30 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.
The city of Claremont is inviting citizens ages 60 and older to three free luncheons in the coming weeks.
The lunches, which will be held at the Oâ€™Cup Bean and Bakery in downtown Claremont, will give seniors a chance to socialize and give feedback to city officials, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.
â€śWe are trying to get their input on what Claremont is doing right and wrong as far as senior programs,â€ť Barrick said. â€śItâ€™s just trying to get some input on activities they would like to see in Claremont.â€ť
Tucked away inside a cornered room at the Catawba Rosenwald School, a handful of students are testing in silence. Itâ€™s almost quiet.
Skyler Jarvis slides the tips of his fingers along a clean sheet of Braille paper and moves down the page, line by line.
He is reading a story as part of a Braille Challenge, a national literacy competition that attracts hundreds of visually impaired students to qualifying centers across the nation each year. The N.C. Western Region qualifier was held in Catawba on Friday.
â€śHmm.â€ť Jarvis moves his fingers along a reading comprehension question.
When the Rev. Scott Johnson was a boy, a couple women at his Wisconsin church told him he'd make a good pastor.
Johnson tucked that thought away until his junior year in college. In the middle of nuclear engineering studies, he says he decided maybe those women were right.
"I got to thinking about what I wanted to do in my life," Johnson said.
"I thought 'maybe this course isn't God's plan for me.' They planted the seed."
The seed grew into a 25-year ministry career that led him to Conover.
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its High Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester.
The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for a GPA of 3.8 or better: