Archive - May 2012
Claremont is accepting applications for the inaugural P.J. Stanley Memorial Scholarship.
The city organized the scholarship after the passing of former Claremont city councilman, police officer and rescuer James â€śP.J.â€ť Stanley.
Stanley, who was a 30-year veteran of the Claremont police department and rescue squad, died Sept. 21, 2011, after a short battle with leukemia.
The following citizens were convicted of felony offenses in Catawba County court this week:
* Brian Todd Hieb, 41, of Sherrills Ford, was convicted of felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired and was sentenced to 94-122 months in the Division of Adult Correction.
After giving up its first runs this postseason, the Fred T. Foard softball team trailed 2-0 in the middle of the fourth inning of its playoff game against North Iredell on Thursday.
Not willing to crumble under the pressure, the Lady Tigers scored four runs on four hits and a walk in the fourth inning, lifting them to a 4-2 victory against the Lady Raiders.
Trailing 3-2 after five innings, the Lexington Legends scored five runs in the final four innings to pull away with the 7-3 victory against the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Four of those runs came in two innings, including two each in the top of the sixth and top of the ninth.
CONCORD â€” It's been awhile, but Richard Petty has bragging rights once again in Charlotte.
Aric Almirola took the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 192.940 mph Thursday night and teammate Marcus Ambrose finished second at 191.598, giving Petty a front-row sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR's longest race.
Citizens across Catawba County and the nation are sharing their thoughts on Pastor Charles Worley's anti-gay remarks during a May 13 sermon at Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden.
If you haven't heard the remarks, a YouTube video clip is included below.
What are your thoughts on Worley's comments? Share now by voting in the latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.
Newton-Conover City Schools hired a new football coach Thursday morning.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met at 7:30 a.m. to consider approval of the hire of Brint Russell as P.E. coach at Newton-Conover High School. He'll be the new football coach for the Red Devils, replacing Nick Bazzle who left for Alexander Central earlier this year.
Police think they may have caught the man responsible for the thefts of $60,000 in copper wiring from an abandoned Conover plant in recent weeks.
Within the past month, there have been multiple copper cable larcenies at an abandoned manufacturing plant near 405 Wortha Herman Road Southwest in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office recently reported the following arrests and incidents.
* Arlette Nicole Forrester, 41, of Denver, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault. She washeld on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
The third time was the charm for the CVCC baseball team.
In just their third season, the Buccaneers will compete Saturday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II World Series in Enid, Okla.
To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.