Archive - 2012
They fell in love when he was 16, and she was 14. They never married, and there was never anyone else. Now, 14 years later Derick Willis and Angela Seagle will marry Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. And, they expect quite a crowd â in fact, a âcourthouseâ full of friends and family.
Willis and Seagle will make Valentineâs Day their wedding day by saying âI doâ at the Register of Deeds office in Catawba County.
Anner Belle Drum Mitchem, 77, of Newton, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Mitchem family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Frances Morrow Gilbert, 79, of Maiden, died Feb. 10, 2012, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Gilbert family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Election season will officially get under way Monday, as filing begins for county, state and federal offices.
The 2012 filing period will last from noon Monday until noon Feb. 29.
County offices up for election include the Catawba County register of deeds and two seats for the county board of commissioners.
Republican commissioner incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker have both said they intend to run for re-election. Republican Kevin Spiva, a former Maiden councilman from 2001-06, announced he intends to challenge the incumbent members for one of the two seats.
Sharp spelling skills help when it comes to Newton-Conover Education Foundation's annual Red Hot Spelling Bee, but they aren't required.
"All you really need is enough money to get your team to the championship round," said NCEF President Debbie Bandy, "and you can contend for a spelling bee championship."
Not only can competitors buy their way into championship contention, they can even rely on a little help from their friends.
Nippy air brushed the faces of Tuttle Elementary students as they entered the school building Friday morning.
Inside, piles of jeans lined the school's halls.
Thanks to Tuttle's students, and many donors in Maiden and surrounding communities, the jeans will soon warm the cold bodies of needy citizens in the region.
"You've got to know that you've made a huge difference in the lives of more than 2,500 people, because that's how many jeans you've collected," Principal DeAnna Finger told Tuttle's student body during Friday morning school announcements.
After the husband of a Conover City Council member allegedly struck a citizen during a council meeting, charges are expected to be filed today.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com for updates as soon as they are available, and get more details on the altercation in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and online here: http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/charges-loom-after-meeting-alt....
Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the schoolâs first state wrestling champion.
Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils.Â
His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.
Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.
Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba Countyâs wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs.Â
Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.
It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.
Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.
ATLANTA â North Carolina State is starting to feel like it can surprise some folks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After avenging last month's home loss to lowly Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack are ready to take on the big boys.
C.J. Williams scored 15 points, including a four-point play, and C.J. Leslie stepped up in the second half to carry N.C. State to a 61-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.
Counterfeit bills are circulating through Catawba County, and authorities say high school students are to blame for some of the fake cash.
Police say watermarks, serial numbers and security threads are among ways to determine the authenticity of a piece of money.
Do you think you can spot a fake bill just by looking at it?
Vote now in the latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.
For more on the rash of counterfeiting, visit http://observernewsonline.com/content/fake-bills-real-problem.