Archive - 2013
Saira McDonald expected her dad home in June, so Friday was just an ordinary day at Tuttle Elementary School.
Until he walked out to meet her class at recess.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Guests, volunteers and athletes from across Catawba County flooded into Gurley Stadium at Newton-Conover High School to celebrate the Catawba County Special Olympics.
Events were held on the high schoolâs track and baseball field on Friday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
John Henley knew his son was destined to be a gymnast after seeing his 7-year-old son Patrick backflip off of the familyâs porch.
âHe just decided he was going to flip and did it,â John said. âThatâs when we said âoh my gosh.ââ He decided he wanted to do gymnastics, and we started taking him.â
The Carolina Panthers further solidified their defensive line on Friday night with the selection of Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short.
The second-round pick for Carolina was its only of the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman regarded Short as the best pass rushing defensive tackle in this year's draft.
Below is a look at Friday's sports scores from across Catawba County:
Hickory 3, Fred T. Foard 0
Watauga 12, St. Stephens 0 (five innings)
Fred T. Foard 17, Hickory 0
St. Stephens 2, Watauga 1
Fred T. Foard 0, Hickory 0
St. Stephens 2, Watauga 1 (OT)
Minor league baseball
Wilma Christine Lail, 84, of Conover died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 4420 County Home Rd., Conover, N.C., 28613.
Guests, volunteers and athletes from across Catawba County flooded into Gurley Stadium at Newton-Conover High School to celebrate the Catawba County Special Olympics. Events were held on the high schoolâs track and baseball field on Friday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Maiden softball team picked up its 11th consecutive win of the season behind 14 runs on 13 hits Thursday in Claremont.
Jessica Cooper and Emily Crouse each drove in three RBIs, helping the Lady Blue Devils pick up a 14-3 five-inning road victory against Bunker Hill.
Searching for the heart of their defensive line, the Carolina Panthers turned to a Star to fill the void.
The team selected Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the 14th overall pick during Thursday nightâs NFL Draft.
Below is a look at Thursday's sports scores from across Catawba County:
Bandys 5, East Burke 3
Maiden 2, Bunker Hill 1 (eight innings)
South Iredell 9, Newton-Conover 4
Bandys 3, East Burke 2
Maiden 14, Bunker Hill 3 (five innings)
South Iredell 3, Newton-Conover 1
Bandys 5, East Burke 3