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March 17th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Bears shut out Vikings

March 17, 2012

Surviving a bases loaded situation with eight straight fouled-off pitches, Bunker Hill’s Kadi O’Shell made her ninth toss count.

The junior pitcher managed to get the final out on the ninth pitch of a long at-bat in Friday’s game against South Iredell, preserving a shutout against the Lady Vikings (2-6, 1-1) and a perfect 2-0 record in the CVAC for Bunker Hill.

Conferences stay same after third draft

March 17, 2012

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s (NCHSAA) realignment committee met Thursday to review appeals, and by Friday, the committee had a final draft.

In this third draft, which is set in stone barring any procedural error appeals, includes no changes to the proposed conferences from the second draft.

Current CVAC members and county teams Bandys, Bunker Hill, Maiden and Newton-Conover would join an all-2A conference with current CVAC member West Caldwell, as well as three Lincoln County teams in East Lincoln, Lincolnton and West Lincoln.

Tourney Day 2: Lehigh, Norfolk St. pull upsets

March 17, 2012

GREENSBORO — C.J. McCollum scored 30 points and Lehigh upset Duke 75-70 in the South Regional to become the second No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 during a wild Friday in the NCAA tournament.

The Mountain Hawks were the sixth 15 seed overall to pull off the trick. Norfolk State edged Missouri in the West Regional earlier in the day, and No. 13 seed Ohio knocked off fourth-seeded Michigan to add to the madness.

Catawba County's week ahead

March 17, 2012

A pottery festival, a barbecue benefit to support a local care center, several book readings, and a presentation on dementia highlight events this week in Catawba County.
Read below for more information about those and other events this week in the region.
For updated event information, pick up the print edition of The Observer News Enterprise from Tuesday-Saturday at newsstands throughout the county.

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March 16, 2012

James Kirk Eller, 70, of Claremont, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his residence.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Eller family.

Sheltered from costs

March 16, 2012

Catawba County officials say the area’s municipalities won’t have to help pay for the county’s new animal shelter, contrary to original plans.

The county originally planned for the area’s six municipalities to help pay off the debt service on the new animal shelter, a planned $3.5 million facility expected to open by the end of 2013.

The current animal shelter, which was built in 1985, is about 200 percent over capacity and has a host of issues, ranging from limited isolation areas to lack of space — issues that can easily lead to disease for animals.

County to discuss funding for school projects

March 16, 2012

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several funding requests from Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools when it meets Monday in Newton.

Newton-Conover City Schools has requested $250,000 to replace six HVAC units at Shuford Elementary School. NCCS deemed the HVAC replacements as its top funding priority for fiscal year 2012-13 and is requesting that commissioners commit to funding so the replacements can be made this summer.

84-year-old man drowns in pool

March 16, 2012

An 84-year-old man drowned Thursday in the pool at his Hickory home.

Jack Leroy Hawn's wife found him dead in the pool at their Idlewood Acres home sometime after 2 p.m.

"The pool wasn't full, but the liner had captured quite a bit of water over the winter," said Capt. Joel Fish with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Fish said Hawn's wife fell asleep, woke, went outside and found him dead.

Fish said Hawn had Alzheimer's disease and a history of medical problems.

Spelling gets red hot Tuesday

March 16, 2012

How do you spell student scholarships for Newton-Conover High School graduates?

N-C-E-F.

And how do you spell classroom grants for teachers in the Newton-Conover City Schools system?

Again, N-C-E-F.

However, without participation in the Red Hot Spelling Bee by community organizations, student teams and businesses, the Newton-Conover Education Foundation — NCEF — can't even begin to spell s-u-p-p-o-r-t for the educational initiatives it supports every year.

This week's criminal convictions

March 16, 2012

The following Catawba County residents were convicted in Criminal Superior Court this week.

* Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was convicted of felony second-degree murder and was sentenced to 180-205 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.

*Emanuel Marshall Whitted, 39, of Conover, was convicted of three counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to 120-153 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.

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