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March 7th, 2012

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bears top Challenger on court

March 7, 2012

The Bunker Hill tennis team earned its first victory against Challenger on Wednesday, 6-3.

The Bears (1-3) picked up four singles victories and two doubles victories on their way to the match win.

Singles
Michael Elmore (C) def. Kris Trihemasava 8-2; Braxton Williams (BH) def. Jairo Betancourt 8-0; Garrett Williams (BH) def. Brandon Williams 8-3; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Russell Emerson 8-2; Jordan Punch (C) def. David Chang 8-6; Sai Vang (BH) def. Fidel Bazaldua 8-0
 
Doubles

Jefferson leads Jazz over Bobcats 99-93

March 7, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Al Jefferson had 31 points and nine rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-93 Wednesday night.

The Jazz controlled the paint, where they outscored the Bobcats 54-36 and outrebounded them 43-34.

Jefferson was 11 of 19 from the field and hit all but one of his 10 foul shots in a dominating inside effort. Paul Millsap scored 16 points while Derrick Favors added 14 points for the Jazz, who won for just the fifth time this season on the road.

The victory helped pull the Jazz back to .500 at 19-19.

Police bust meth lab

March 7, 2012

Police say an anonymous tip helped them bust a small-scale methamphetamine lab on Wednesday in Hickory.

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies evacuated a residential home at 909 32nd St. NE in Hickory about noon Wednesday after they discovered what appeared to be a meth lab inside.

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish said a citizen’s tip led deputies to the home.

“They saw enough of the items used to make meth that they cleared the residence,” Fish said, adding that deputies later served a search warrant at the home to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Conover to air business online

March 7, 2012

Conover is testing a new "experiment" that will broadcast city council meetings across the Internet and archive meetings for up to a couple of months so citizens can go back and watch them later.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 7, 2012

Margaret Henry Sparkman, 95, of Conover, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The Sparkman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Nation's Gourd Lady passes

March 7, 2012

National Gourd Lady Margaret "Sparky" Sparkman died Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

She was 95, but she never let her age slow her down. 

In fact, she displayed her unique gourd wares at the Southern Spring Show in Charlotte as recently as Sunday.

Obama touts energy initiatives in N.C. visit

March 7, 2012

President Barack Obama is calling for incentives to develop more fuel-efficient cars, emphasizing a top energy initiative amid rising gasoline prices and a re-election battle.

The president visited western North Carolina on Wednesday to speak at a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly.

North Carolina is expected to figure prominently in the 2012 presidential election.

Gasoline prices are at their highest levels for this time of year, and Obama has been traveling to promote energy proposals he says will reduce foreign oil dependency over the long term.

The O-N-E morning read: Wednesday, March 7

March 7, 2012

Sherrills Ford fire department's chief recently resigned amid community rumors that the department's board chairman says are untrue.

Keith Bost served Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue for 11 years. Deputy Chief Justin Butler is now in command as the board of directors prepares to search for a new chief.

"He (Bost) has some other opportunities in front of him, and we are losing a good man," said Chuck Connor, chairman of the department's board of directors.

More details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

Also in today's O-N-E and at observernewsonline.com:

Sewage discharged in Hickory

March 7, 2012

About 7,000 gallons of sewage overflowed in the Section House Road area this week, but Hickory officials say the discharge did not affect area water quality.

The city experienced the overflow due to an obstruction in the sanitary sewer main line, according to a press release from the city of Hickory.

The discharge occurred in the 3900 block of Section House Road, and the sanitary sewer overflow consisted of approximately 7,000 gallons, according to the city.

The overflow was discharged into Herman Branch of the Catawba River basin.

Conover man sentenced for role in drug ring

March 7, 2012

A Conover man was sentenced to prison this week for his involvement in a methamphetamine operation that stretched from Mexico to Catawba County.

Daniel Ray Chavez, 30, of Conover, originally pleaded guilty Sept. 22, 2010, to firearms charges in relation to the operation. He was sentenced Monday to two years and four months in prison and three years of supervised release.

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