Archive - Mar 2012
Fans of the National Gourd Lady are remembering Margaret â€śSparkyâ€ť Sparkman after she passed away in the night Tuesday.
See The O-N-Eâ€™s tribute to Sparky, as well as elected officialsâ€™ reflections on the perpetually positive â€śjewel of Conoverâ€ť â€”Â all in the Thursday print edition of The O-N-E.
Government is going live on the Internet, as Conover is working on a project to stream city council meetings on the web.
Police in Hickory busted a small-scale methamphetamine lab after an anonymous tip.
Newton-Conover senior Jake Walker will play his last high school football game with teammate Jervasse Moss after being selected to the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star game.
Walker was thrilled when he learned of his selection.
â€śI was excited because it was one of my goals that I set at the beginning of the year,â€ť Walker said. â€śI wanted to strive to get better, on and off the field, that way in the end I could achieve my goal of playing college ball and becoming an all-star, either through the Shrine Bowl or East-West game.â€ť
After suffering defeat to Hickory on the baseball diamond once already this season, Newton-Conover was dealt the same fate again on Wednesday.
The Red Devils (1-2) allowed 10 runs to the Red Tornadoes and scored none in a mercy rule loss.
â€śOur team is so much better than 10-0,â€ť said N-C coach Corey Nunley. â€śThatâ€™s not taking away from coach Craftâ€™s Hickory team. I donâ€™t think they are 10-0 better than us at all. They are good. Nine out of 10 times they might beat us, but we can keep it closer than 10-0.â€ť
The Bunker Hill tennis team earned its first victory against Challenger on Wednesday, 6-3.
The Bears (1-3) picked up four singles victories and two doubles victories on their way to the match win.
Michael Elmore (C) def. Kris Trihemasava 8-2; Braxton Williams (BH) def. Jairo Betancourt 8-0; Garrett Williams (BH) def. Brandon Williams 8-3; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Russell Emerson 8-2; Jordan Punch (C) def. David Chang 8-6; Sai Vang (BH) def. Fidel Bazaldua 8-0
CHARLOTTE â€” Al Jefferson had 31 points and nine rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-93 Wednesday night.
The Jazz controlled the paint, where they outscored the Bobcats 54-36 and outrebounded them 43-34.
Jefferson was 11 of 19 from the field and hit all but one of his 10 foul shots in a dominating inside effort. Paul Millsap scored 16 points while Derrick Favors added 14 points for the Jazz, who won for just the fifth time this season on the road.
The victory helped pull the Jazz back to .500 at 19-19.
Police say an anonymous tip helped them bust a small-scale methamphetamine lab on Wednesday in Hickory.
Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputies evacuated a residential home at 909 32nd St. NE in Hickory about noon Wednesday after they discovered what appeared to be a meth lab inside.
Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish said a citizenâ€™s tip led deputies to the home.
â€śThey saw enough of the items used to make meth that they cleared the residence,â€ť Fish said, adding that deputies later served a search warrant at the home to dispose of the hazardous materials.
Conover is testing a new "experiment" that will broadcast city council meetings across the Internet and archive meetings for up to a couple of months so citizens can go back and watch them later.
Margaret Henry Sparkman, 95, of Conover, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Sparkman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
National Gourd Lady Margaret "Sparky" Sparkman died Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
She was 95, but she never let her age slow her down.Â
In fact, she displayed her unique gourd wares at the Southern Spring Show in Charlotte as recently as Sunday.
President Barack Obama is calling for incentives to develop more fuel-efficient cars, emphasizing a top energy initiative amid rising gasoline prices and a re-election battle.
The president visited western North Carolina on Wednesday to speak at a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly.
North Carolina is expected to figure prominently in the 2012 presidential election.
Gasoline prices are at their highest levels for this time of year, and Obama has been traveling to promote energy proposals he says will reduce foreign oil dependency over the long term.