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Archive - Mar 2012

March 2nd

Man airlifted after DWI crash

March 2, 2012

A high-speed crash involving alcohol left a Hickory man in critical condition Thursday night.

Michael Wayne Rose, 36, had been drinking before he crashed his 1999 Jeep on eastbound Interstate 40 near the McDonald Parkway exit, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.G. Griffin.

Just before 6 p.m., Rose veered his Jeep off the left shoulder of I-40 and into the median. He overcorrected his Jeep, veered off the right shoulder, struck a guard rail and overturned several times, Griffin said.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, March 2

March 2, 2012

The “queen” of Newton-Conover City Schools is leaving her throne.

Friends, students and peers celebrate Melanie Elrod’s decades of service to the school system she has called home for 34 years.

See the story in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

A Newton man is in jail after using a flashlight to beat his friend during a robbery.

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield surrendered to police for felony indictments in Caldwell County.

A man who is missing after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash has ties to Catawba County.

March 1st

Shubert, Bolick lead Tigers to win over Trojans

March 1, 2012

Fred T. Foard won a match-up of powerhouses in 2A and 3A softball on Thursday, knocking off defending CVAC champion Bandys, 2-1.

The Lady Tigers (2-0) were guided on the mound by a two-hit, 15-strikeout performance from Lexi Shubert.

Addison Bolick led Foard offensively. She drove in two runs on a double in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Mackenzie Dziendziel and Ashley Oliver, who had reached base on a walk and double, respectively.

“When we picked up those two runs, that was really big,” said Foard coach David Shubert. “Addison had a couple of big hits.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Red Devils win top-five match-up

March 1, 2012

Third-ranked Newton-Conover won a match-up on the tennis court of top-five teams, winning three singles and two doubles on its way to defeating No. 4 Salisbury, 5-3.

Singles
Micheal Ogden (S) def. Ryan Lampe 6-4, 6-3; John Tate (N-C) def. Alan Lebowitz 6-2, 6-4; Abraham Post (S) def. Tyler Barrymore 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; Hunter Nestor (N-C) def. Brock Overcash 6-4, 7-5; Jesse Gill (N-C) def. Clint Comadoll 6-3, 6-1; Shivam Desai (N-C) def. Chris Derrick 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.

Doubles

Hickory's sinkhole could affect county teams

March 1, 2012

A sinkhole near the baseball field at Hickory High School is causing the Red Tornadoes to move their home baseball games.

Hickory baseball coach David Craft said he was recently notified of the issue at the field.

“There was a problem with an area outside of the playing surface at our field,” Craft said. “We’ve been notified that we are not to use our field.”

Beverly Snowden, public information officer with Hickory Public Schools, said the issue was caused by an existing pipe.

Newton catastrophe? Vote now

March 1, 2012

Newton officials and citizens report that a large number of feral cats are roaming the city.

Some residents also say some pet cats have been caught and euthanized.

Have you observed an issue with feral cats throughout Newton and surrounding areas? Vote now in The O-N-E's latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Friday for a new poll question, and pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of the previous week's poll.

Wreck snarls I-40 traffic

March 1, 2012

A two-vehicle wreck on the eastbound side of I-40 near McDonald Parkway slowed Thursday evening traffic.

Eastbound traffic backed up near the Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard exit.

The O-N-E will provide more information about the accident as it becomes available.

In Tune with the Arts

March 1, 2012

John Coffey and Jeff Hartman have a lot in common — both are extremely talented artists and are known and recognized “far and wide,” as the saying goes. They’ve known each other for 16 years but the ease of being around them together speaks volumes more than 16 years. It’s only natural for Coffey and Hartman to team up together in business. But to these artists, it’s more than business, and they don’t like to think of what they do as business....

They met at The Green Room Community Theatre’s 1996 production of Broadway’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks.”

Caretaker of children

March 1, 2012

The smiles never stopped.

Neither did Melanie Elrod.

That’s what her coworkers, friends and community leaders said this week.
Elrod retired Wednesday after 34 years in the Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) system.

“I always liked going to school,” she said. “I always went to school. I never went to work.”

Elrod, a native of Cramerton in Gaston County, wanted to be a French teacher.

Mayfield surrenders in Caldwell

March 1, 2012

Flanked by his attorney David Freedman and Hudson Police Chief Andy Day, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield arrived at the Caldwell County Magistrate’s Office on Thursday afternoon to surrender on four charges of felony larceny.

Before entering the building, Mayfield said he was pleading not guilty to the charges.

“I did not do this,” Mayfield said. “I’m a little surprised by this.

It’s all tied in to what’s going on in Catawba County."

Mayfield was charged by Hudson Police after a year-long investigation.

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