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Hannah Callahan, Lady Blue Devils off to hot start

March 15, 2012

With a perfect game and a no-hitter under her belt, Maiden’s Hannah Callahan has helped position the Lady Blue Devils for a successful season.

The junior pitcher is 5-1 this season, including a season-opening no-hitter against Lincolnton and a perfect game Tuesday against Newton-Conover.

Callahan said the two performances are a product of her hard work.
“My pitching means a lot to me,” Callahan said. “ I work on spins on my pitches, locations and different pitches. I work on my infield, too, because I struggle with that. I work hard at it so I can help my team out.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C golf team wins again

March 15, 2012

For the second time in three days, the Newton-Conover golf team won a non-conference match.

The Red Devils notched a 148 to win by 12 strokes over Maiden in a nine-hole match held at Catawba Country Club.

Newton-Conover’s Alex Hefner earned medalist, carding a 33 in his nine holes.

Teammate Lee Mitchell wasn’t far behind on the scoreboard with a 35, while Chris Ziogas (39) and Perry Davis (41) also had solid rounds.

Bunker Hill’s Tyler Lail and Maiden’s Thomas Lilly finished tied for third with a 36.

Austin Shuford was the leading golfer for Bandys with a 52.

TOURNEY WRAP-UP: UNC-Asheville upset falls short

March 15, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reserve forward James Southerland had 15 points and a season-high eight rebounds, and Syracuse avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 when it rallied for a 72-65 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday in the East Regional.

The Orange entered the tournament without starting center Fab Melo, who was declared ineligible for academic reasons, and they almost left early with a piece of history no team wants. Instead, Syracuse (32-2) will play eighth-seeded Kansas State in the third round Saturday.

READER POLL: Pick the ideal school superintendent

March 15, 2012

Catawba County Schools will employ a new superintendent in the next several months. What trait would you most like the new administrative leader to possess?

Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

The CCS Board of Education met this week to review and discuss the results of a community survey that solicited input about the system's next superintendent.

For more about the surveys:
http://observernewsonline.com/content/county-seeks-communicator-lead-sch...

Open the Hatch

March 15, 2012

The small sandwich shop on a busy corner in downtown Hickory opened inauspiciously two weeks ago. The lights went on and the door was unlocked, and Hatch Sandwich Bar opened without fanfare ... yet.

For owners Zach Harkins and Colin Makin, Hatch is their first venture as owners of a restaurant, but it’s a dream both have had for years.

Harkins attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University. He graduated from ASU in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Makin, originally from Boonsboro, Md., graduated from ASU in 2008 with degrees in philosophy and religion.

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 15, 2012

Joyce Brown Carpenter, 76, of Vale, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Carpenter family.

Thomas Kenny Edwards, 60, of Conover, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at his residence. The Edwards family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Forum reveals mixed economic outlook

March 15, 2012

After a gloomy economic climate has prevailed in the Hickory Metro during the past several years, glimmers of hope are emerging in the region's outlook.

"How do you get ranked eighth worst metro in America to find a job," Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President Danny Hearn said of a recent list published by U.S. News and World Report, "and we wake up this morning and we are ranked the ninth best metro in America for economic development announcements."

Hickory murderer sentenced

March 15, 2012

A Hickory man will spend at least 15 years in prison for the 2009 bludgeoning murder of a 70-year-old man at an assisted living center.

On Thursday, Dennis Edward Scherzer pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Roland Simmons at Hickory's Walden Assisted Living Center.

The murder occurred in July 2009, when Hickory Police Department investigators found Simmons unconscious with severe head trauma.

Hickory police said Scherzer, another Walden House resident, beat Simmons in the head with a steel pipe.

Church burglar captured

March 15, 2012

A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a local church, several vehicles and leading police on a foot chase.

Police say a citizen called police about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after seeing a suspicious man checking for unlocked car doors near 11th Street and North Gaither Avenue in Newton.

When police arrived moments later, the suspect fled. Newton Police Chief Don Brown said a chase ended when the suspect fell down a large drainage ditch, injuring himself.

Hickory region a national leader in economic development

March 15, 2012

After being ranked as one of the worst places to find a job two months ago, the Greater Hickory area has notched another top 10 ranking.

This time, it’s good news.

The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the nation for economic development in a recent report in Site Selection magazine.

The region ranked as the No. 9 performing metro area in the nation in announced economic development projects in the category of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 1 million people, according to the report.

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