February 19th, 2012
Winter weather Sunday night prompted Catawba County and Newton-Conover City school systems to delay the start of school two hours on Monday. The delay applies to students and staff.
Hickory Public Schools will also operate under a two-hour delay for students and staff Monday.
Catawba Valley Community College will delay opening until 10 a.m. due to weather conditions. The delay applies to all CVCC campuses.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold classes as planned.
Snow began falling in Catawba County late Sunday afternoon, bringing the first snow to the county of winter 2011-2012.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for several western North Carolina counties, including Catawba County.
NWS in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the advisory that will be in effect from noon Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.
According to NWS, colder air continues to filter into the N.C. mountains and foothills from the north. Low pressure will track from the Gulf Coast states to the offshore Atlantic waters Sunday, spreading moisture into the western North Carolina region.
It was a successful Saturday for the Newton-Conover wrestling program â both as a team and individually.
The Red Devils held off Pisgah to earn the 2A West Regional crown, while qualifying five wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro.
Among the five Red Devils heading to states are Ian Canrobert at 106 pounds, Franklin Wepner at 126 pounds, Tyler Benfield at 195 pounds, Eric Holbrook at 145 pounds and Addison Klutz at 152 pounds.
Wepner also picked up an individual title at the regionals, defeating Polk County's Jose Ramirez in the 126-pound final.
Fred T. Foard added a second-straight 3A West Regional title to its program's history on Saturday.
The Tigers scored 159 points on their way to the Regional championship, qualifying seven wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro in the process.
Two Tigers â Ben Pitts at 132 pounds and Hayden Albert at 160 pounds âÂ also scored individual titles in their respective weight class at the regionals.
The 2A and 3A brackets for the boys and girls state basketball playoffs were released on Saturday with five teams both hosting and traveling for first round contests.
The CVAC co-champions in girls basketball â Bandys and Newton-Conover â are home for the first round.
The Lady Trojans are seeded No. 4 in the Midwest bracket and take on Central Davidson in Catawba. The winner meets No. 5 Thomasville or No. 12 Cuthbertson in Wednesday's second round.
Area churches will host Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday services this week as the Lenten season begins.
Young professionals in the Hickory Metro are invited to a Wednesday forum to share ways community leaders can attract and retain young adults in the coming years.
Catawba Valley citizens are also invited to support groups for sleep apnea and epilepsy.
For more information on these and other events this week, read on. For information about events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout Catawba County.
Cayla Miller picked the perfect time to have one of the biggest nights of her career.
The Newton-Conover senior guard scored 11 points â all in the second half â to guide the Lady Red Devils to the Catawba Valley 2A tournament title Friday in a 64-53 win over Bandys.
âI canât say enough about her,â N-C coach Ike Williams said. âThatâs the Cayla Miller weâve been waiting all year for to have a big game. She really stepped up. She hit a big three, made some putbacks and made some free throws. Thatâs what you expect from a senior. Iâm very proud of her.â
Bandys sophomore Madi Story was named the Catawba Valley 2A player of the year Friday, while the Trojansâ Beth Queen is the top coach in the conference.
Story joins her sister, Jesse, as back-to-back CVAC players of the year.
The Trojans had a league-leading four players named all-conference, including Chelsey Queen, Taylor Sigmon and both Story sisters.
Newton-Conover had the second-most selections in the Catawba Valley 2A, including Taylor Petty, Shynese Whitener and Kadesha Gibbs.
Maidenâs lone selection in the conference was Sabrien Gaither.
TORONTO â Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night.
D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.
Millard Williams Jr., 77, of Hickory, died Feb. 16, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Williams family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory.
Loye Hefner, 86, of Conover, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum's Funeral Home in Hickory.