February 27th, 2012
A Hickory High School student was charged with first-degree rape after an alleged incident outside an area church on Saturday.
A 14-year-old girl says she was raped by two teenage boys Saturday afternoon outside of Exodus Church on Highland Avenue in Hickory.
Hickory police say the girl knew both suspects, including Mikal Jerome Gray, a 17-year-old Hickory High School student.
The girl says Gray and a 15-year-old male suspect raped her after a gathering for youth at Exodus Church.
Police arrested a Conover man that they think may be linked to the cityâs recent string of church break-ins.
Conover police arrested Ryan Chrishan Johnson, 26, of 611 11th St. SW in Conover, early Saturday morning after he allegedly broke into Family Health Care Practices near the five-point intersection downtown.
Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said CPD Officer Victor Morales spotted Johnson in an alley behind Family Health Care Practices about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, and the suspect tried to hide behind several trash cans.
A pair of Newton-Conover wrestlers earned individual state championships Saturday in Greensboro.
Senior Addison Klutz and sophomore Franklin Wepner both earned titles, the first since Andrew Tremain's state championship in 2010.
"It's an honor to be on the list of Newton-Conover state champions," Wepner said. "I would like to thank coach (Eddy) Clark and coach (Vallie) Murray. I'd also like to congratulate Addison for his state championship."
Klutz said he is thankful to those who helped pass along the rich tradition in the Newton-Conover wrestling program.
A black history celebration and a music fundraiser to benefit area students are among events in Catawba County this week. A variety of community organizations also welcome the public to their regular meetings.
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Bandys is returning to the Western Regionals following a 73-55 win against North Stanly on Friday.
The Lady Trojans (27-2) delivered the Lady Comets their second loss of the season in New London.
âI was really tickled with the win,â said Bandys coach Beth Queen. âWe went into a difficult gym to play at. They had a good crowd. It was a small gym. They were really loud.â
The Trojans fell behind 6-0 with two three-pointers from North Stanly, but Bandys roared back to take an eight-point lead after the first quarter.
The transformation from Tiger to Wasp started Friday for Katheryn McGinnis.
The Foard senior soccer player signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Emory & Henry this fall.
âIâm really, really excited,â McGinnis said. âItâs something Iâve always looked forward to as a kid growing up â getting to play first at the varsity level and now at college. Iâm very excited that my dream is coming true.â
A four-year member of the Lady Tigers varsity squad, McGinnis earned all-conference honors last season and the coachesâ award in 2010.
Four Catawba County wrestlers are in the finals on Saturday of the 2A and 3A state championships in Greensboro.
Newton-Conoverâs Franklin Wepner (126) and Addison Klutz (152), Maidenâs Evan Spears (160) and St. Stephensâ Bradley Bader (113) are all in the championships of their respective weight classes with a chance to bring home individual state titles.
Wepner and Klutz and trying to become the first state champion wrestlers at Newton-Conover since Andrew Tremain in 2010.
If Spears is victorious, he will become the first-ever Maiden wrestler to win an individual state title.
Catawba County Schools officials say relocating Banoak Elementary School will solve a host of pending issues in the Foard area.
They say by relocating the school to a nearby vicinity, CCS can ease overcrowding problems at Mountain View and Blackburn elementary schools, and remove students from a current Banoak building in desperate need of improvements.
However, the relocation could cause the current Banoak School to be no more â something surrounding residents have something to say about.
Officials have suspended an elementary school student for 10 days after a teacher found a BB gun in his backpack this week.
Police said the student showed the BB gun pistol to one of his friends Wednesday morning at Clyde Campbell Elementary School in Hickory. His friend alerted a teacher.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the BB gun was inoperable, adding that the student did not threaten anyone and did not have any BBs.
Catawba County Schools officials suspended the student for 10 days.
Newton is crawling with cats.
A booming population of what appears to be feral felines is causing problems and it has city leaders looking for solutions.
"Staff and citizens have observed a large number of feral cats throughout the city. As a result, animal control has captured a number of cats that were apparently homeless," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark. "The city of Newton is doing what is in the best interests of our citizens to protect their health, safety and welfare."