May 15th, 2012
There seems to be lots of hoopla going on these days about the dire straits of athletics at Maiden High School.
For a few years it seemed as if Blue Devil athletics were on a declining trend struggling to regain the glories of past seasons. In all the debate over coaching, everyone has overlooked what this bunch of kids has accomplished.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office recently reported the following arrests and incidents.
* Michael Emmanuel Tucker, 38, of Hickory, was arrested on a charge of non-support/non-payment of alimony. He was held in the Catawba County Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond.
Heavy rains flooded the Hickory Metro to start the week, a train rammed a tractor-trailer truck full of chemicals and some of the state's newest champions call Catawba County home.
Whatever they've had throw their way, the St. Stephens outfield trio of Briana Thornburg, Alana Starnes and Taylor Lail continues to make big catches.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Newton-Conover golf team stands in third place after the first day of the 2A state golf tournament at Long Leaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.
The Red Devils, the 2012 CVAC champions, carded a team score of 310, seven strokes behind North Lincoln for second place and 20 strokes behind tournament-leading Salisbury.
A two-run top of the eighth inning lifted Hagerstown to a 5-3 series-opening victory against the Hickory Crawdads on Monday at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Singles by Hagertown's J.P. Ramirez and Justin Miller plated an RBI each in the inning to lift the Suns (19-15) to the road win.
Newton-Conover High School's varsity football coaching search continues after the leading candidate for the job withdrew his name from consideration Sunday.
A Norfolk Southern train barreled into a tractor-trailer reportedly carrying fertilizer early Monday morning in Long View.
Authorities say the truck stalled on the tracks as the train approached a crossing at 33rd Street and Main Avenue.
Near noon Monday, Long View Police Department reported another truck was stuck at a different nearby crossing.
Steady, heavy rains fell all morning throughout Catawba County, causing flooding in some low-lying areas and precarious driving conditions on many roads.
Yards flooded in parts of Newton, including homes near Newton-Conover High School.
The O-N-E received reports of flooding near mobile homes in Claremont.
Emergency personnel report several street closings in Conover.