February 2nd, 2012
Slip back in time â€” way back â€” like millions of years ago and walk among dinosaurs in a lush, primordial swamp setting of misty pools and hanging vines. Impossible to miss amid delicate ferns are six not-so-delicate roaring, robotic dinosaurs.
The immersive, prehistoric setting in Catawba Science Centerâ€™s Carpenter Hall is home for the dinosaurs through Sept. 2.
Individual titles in 14 different weight classes are on the line Saturday at the Catawba Valley 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A wrestling tournaments.
The CVAC tournament takes place Saturday at 9 a.m. at East Burke High School, while the NWC tournament is at Alexander Central High School at 10 a.m.
Defending CVAC regular season and tournament champion Newton-Conover returns four champions from last yearâ€™s tournament, including Ian Canrobert (41-2), Coleman Carter (31-8), Addison Klutz (38-4) and Tyler Benfield (39-3).
The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for youth soccer, baseball, softball and girls volleyball. Sign-ups for soccer, baseball and softball continue through March 9. The deadline for volleyball is Feb. 17.
Work to replace the N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40 in Conover may begin as early as Feb. 27.
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a $3.1 million contract to replace the bridge to Blythe Development Co., of Charlotte.
Work to replace the old bridge in its existing location is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.
All lanes of I-40 will remain open during construction, except during short periods of time at night when new girders are set.
The bridge was built in 1957, and transportation officials have deemed it both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.
Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawny Phil saw shadows this morning, and heâ€™s predicting six more weeks of winter.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com for more about his prediction and the 126-year tradition started by The O-N-Eâ€™s sister newspaper, The Punxsutawney Spirit.
Claremont leaders are planning for continued growth in the city. Read more about their strategic plan in The O-N-Eâ€™s print and online editions.
Newton is delivering severe weather waring devices to city residents.
Bucâ€™s Cupboard offers free snacks to Catawba Valley Community College students.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his oak stump in central Pennsylvania this morning to find shadows awaiting him.
The result of the 126th annual Groundhog Day tradition predicts six more weeks of winter. Although since winter has been unusually mild in western North Carolina, that might not be such a bad thing.
The announcement Thursday morning drew groans from more than 18,000 people assembled at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, a city about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Finishing their high school careers where they started them together, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson and running back Will Jenkins signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
Johnson joins the first-ever recruiting class at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, while Jenkins signed to play for Fayetteville State University next season.
In 2011, Johnson ran for 1,789 yards, threw for another 1,077 yards and scored 30 offensive touchdowns (22 rushing TDs, eight passing).
On defense, he collected 41 tackles (31 solo) and intercepted one pass.
Five Catawba County football players made their college choices official during Wednesdayâ€™s National signing day.
Foard lineman Tanner Fleming, Bandys lineman Travis McCorkle and Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson signed.
Fleming, who is 6-2, 280 pounds, decided to play for the Air Force in 2012. He had a solid senior season defensively for the Tigers, racking up 80 tackles, including 25 for a loss, and 12 sacks.
Fleming also blocked 12 kicks, including three in Foardâ€™s season finale against Hickory, and forced two fumbles.
Lenoir-Rhyne football coach Mike Houston announced 23 recruits signed for the 2012 season on Wednesday.
Twelve players in the class are North Carolina natives, but the class also includes players from Georgia (eight), South Carolina (two) and Texas (one).
Signings include nine offensive and defensive linemen, including Placid Ajoku, Callan Gillison, Lucas Hayes, Chris Phillips, Logan Reach, Jacob Slagle, Bryan Veazey, Nathan Benfield and Ben Carrion.
2012 Lenoir-Rhyne recruiting class
Barbara Seitz McCombs, 97, of Newton, died Jan. 31, 2012, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The McCombs family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Catherine B. Kidd died Jan. 31, 2012, after a long battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. A memorial service will be at a later date.