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February 8th

Fake bills, real problem

February 8, 2012

Take a second look at your $20 and $10 bills. They may be fake.

Recent sightings of counterfeit money in the area have spread to Newton, Conover and nearly all of Catawba County’s municipalities.

Fake money has popped up in a host of fast food restaurants and convenience stores throughout the county since the first of the year.

Authorities are tracing many of the counterfeit bills back to high school students.

About 25 counterfeit incidents have been reported to Conover Police Department, which is working with the U.S. Secret Service and neighboring jurisdictions on the case.

Loving deeds

February 8, 2012

Marrying couples must visit the register of deeds for a license.

Nearly a decade ago, Donna Spencer decided the Catawba County courthouse was an apt setting for a wedding ceremony, too.

“Before I became register of deeds, I was a paralegal and I’d be here on Valentine’s Day and would see a lot of people assigned licenses that day,” Spencer said. “The magistrate does a lot of people who just walk in here. You walk in to the desk, and you get married. You have to wait because warrants through the jail and court system are a priority.”

Authorities praise sex offender app

February 8, 2012

County authorities are praising a new mobile app that will help residents pinpoint the location of area sex offenders.

The N.C. Department of Justice launched a “North Carolina Sex Offender Registry” app this month that provides citizens a first-hand, live look at where registered sex offenders live.

The app uses mapping technology to literally pinpoint where sex offenders live relative to the user's current location. It also allows a user to search for particular addresses and streets.

BREAKING NEWS: County programs receive football wins through Hickory forfeits

February 8, 2012

The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.

The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.

Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoes' wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Feb. 8

February 8, 2012

Two gas leaks within 24 hours forced road closures and evacuations in the Rock Barn Country Club area.

Details from the evacuation, as well as information about who forgot to “call before you dig” in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

Public health officials encourage healthy habits to help avoid the spread of “the stomach bug” that is becoming more prevalent in western North Carolina.

A Conover man is a “walking miracle” after he dropped dead at West Wilkes High School, but was revived thanks to quick thinking students, parents and school staff.

SPORTS:

February 7th

Hickory girls top Indians, lock up outright NWC title

February 8, 2012

Behind 20 points from Danasia Witherspoon, the Hickory Lady Red Tornadoes locked up the outright girls Northwestern Conference basketball title in 2012 with a win against St. Stephens on Tuesday.

N-C, Foard advance in playoffs; Indians, Trojans fall

February 8, 2012

Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard advanced to Thursday’s third round of the NCHSAA playoffs.

Two other Catawba County schools — Bandys and St. Stephens — weren’t as fortunate. Both squads had their seasons ended.

The Tigers (30-1) had to overcome a 27-3 deficit early on to win and advance.

Newton-Conover (40-2) took out Ashe County in the first round and followed that up with a 42-18 win against Chase.

The Trojans lost a close contest with Thomasville (27-11), ending Bandys’ season with a 17-12 record.

Pierce passes Bird in Celtics' win over Bobcats

February 7, 2012

BOSTON — Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird.

Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

February 7, 2012

This photo of Bruce Prestwood, right, and Shirley Harvey at The Corner Table is The O-N-E's news photo of the week.

The volunteers served food Jan. 31 during a 10th anniversary celebration at the crisis assistance ministry in Newton.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday for a new photo of the week. To suggest photos of the week or submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 7, 2012

Eleanor Kay Sopala Robinette, 66, of Conover, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.

The Bunker Hill volleyball team completed the Catawba County playoff gauntlet on Saturday, and in...
Rushing for 449 yards, Lincolnton dominated in its football game Friday night at Gurley Stadium,...
Down 14-0 in the first quarter to Hickory, the Fred T. Foard football didn't fret. The Tigers...

 

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