March 5th, 2012
Catawba County's Red Cross chapter continues to help dozens of Burke County residents get back on their feet following January tornadoes.
Tornadoes ripped through small communities just across the Burke County line in January, destroying or damaging at least 97 homes.
Mobile homes in the Icard community were turned to shreds, and residents lost everything.
Now, those residents are getting a little help putting their lives back together.
â€¨Firefighters rescued a dog from a burning home Monday just before the structureâ€™s roof collapsed.â€¨
Crews responded to a structure fire about 10:40 a.m. Monday at the end of Turn Four Drive off Whitener Road between the Blackburn and Propst Crossroads communities.
The home was destroyed, but no one was inside when it caught fire.
For more details on this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.
North Carolina will test its tornado-preparation plans Wednesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a statewide tornado drill at 9:30 a.m. on all weather radios and public alert systems, including local TV and radio stations.
NWS and Gov. Bev Perdue encourage schools and businesses across the state to practice tornado drills and enact safety plans at the same time.
It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state, according to declarations by Perdue and the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Tuesday, March 6
St. Stephens softball at Alexander Central
Maiden softball vs. Lincoln Charter
Foard softball at Watauga
Newton-Conover softball vs. Lincolnton
St. Stephens baseball at Alexander Central
Bandys baseball vs. Lexington
Fred T. Foard baseball vs. Watauga
St. Stephens tennis at Hibriten
Maiden tennis vs. Bunker Hill
Bandys tennis vs. East Burke
Foard tennis at South Caldwell
Newton-Conover tennis at South Iredell
St. Stephens soccer at Ashbrook
Bandys soccer at South Caldwell
Bunker Hill soccer at Alexander Central
Monday, March 5
NWC golf at Orchard Hill GC (South Caldwell)
Maiden baseball vs. Lincolnton
Bandys baseball at Lincoln Charter
Bunker Hill baseball vs. North Lincoln
Bunker Hill softball vs. North Lincoln
Newton-Conover softball at Hickory
Foard soccer vs. Burns
Newton-Conover soccer at Lincoln Charter
Foard tennis vs. Lake Norman
Newton-Conover tennis vs. Salisbury vs. Hickory
L-R women's golf at Lady Pirate Invitational
L-R men's golf at Richard Rendleman Invitational
L-R women's tennis at Barton, 1 p.m.
L-R men's tennis at Barton, 1 p.m.
Jobs, scholarships and politics are focuses of events this week in the county.
Catawba Valley Community College will host a job fair Tuesday.
Catawba County commissioner candidates will speak Thursday at the Catawba Valley Tea Party's monthly meeting.
On Friday, Newton Kiwanis Club will sell barbecue chicken plates to raise money for scholarships for county students.
Read on for details on these events and more this week in Catawba County.
Thirteen was an unlucky number for the Bandys girls basketball team Saturday in the 2A West Regional finals in Greensboro.
Bandys, which led Wilkes Central by 13 points at halftime, scored 13 second-half points on its way to falling to the Lady Eagles by 13, 58-45.
The Lady Trojans finish their season at 28-3.
Bandys' third trip to the 2A West Regionals will be longer than the first two.
Madi Story made sure of that Friday night.
The sophomore guard powered her way to 33 points and 10 rebounds against North Surry, leading the Lady Trojans (28-2) to the sectional championship, 60-49, at Fleming Gym on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
"That's been in her all year," Bandys coach Beth Queen said of Story's performance. "Madi just took control of the game, put us on her shoulders and carried us. She saw what had to be done and took it to the rim for us."
Newton-Conover senior running back Jervasse Moss was tabbed Friday to play in the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game.
Moss will play for the West as one of 32 high school football players on the squad.
â€śI think this is a good opportunity to get ready and prepared for college,â€ť Moss said. â€śItâ€™s very special because I didnâ€™t get to play many games this season. God just blessed me with another game to play in high school football against the best players. Weâ€™ll see what happens when I get down there.â€ť
Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from Ben Watson, St. Stephens defeated Maiden on the baseball diamond, 7-0 â€” the second win by the Indians against the Blue Devils.
St. Stephens scored six runs in the sixth inning, and were led offensively by Luke Barton, who went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles.
The Indians' Logan Gray was 2-for-3 with a double, while Ky'rawn Whitfield went 2-for-3, as well.
Aaron Rudisill delivered the lone Maiden hit, while Adam Houston suffered the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils.