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January 11th, 2012

Entrepreneurial expansion

January 11, 2012

Bright minds like Derek Detweiler and Todd Lewis are just what Catawba County needs. At least that’s what area leaders and business pros are saying.

Detweiler and Lewis, both in their 30s, are code writers who founded Gopherwood Studios in 2008.

Using HTML5, they develop web games for PCs and smart phones, some of which have attracted the interest of Google in the U.S. and have even been picked up in Europe. That’s not bad for a couple of guys pumping out code in Detweiler’s basement.

State tweaks teachers' paychecks

January 11, 2012

A new law may make some paychecks smaller for hundreds of Catawba County educators, but teachers won't lose any money.

The N.C. General Assembly approved a law in summer 2011 that regulates when school systems are allowed to pay teachers and 10-month employees at the beginning of the school year. The law prohibits school systems from giving teachers a full month's paycheck at the end of August when teachers have not worked a full month. The law is set to take effect with the 2012-13 school year.

In the past, some school systems have prepaid teachers a full month's salary Aug. 31.

Storms roll through region

January 11, 2012

Severe storms rolled through the Greater Hickory area early Wednesday evening.

Storms brought hail, heavy wind and rain to Hickory and other western areas of Catawba County. Newton and other communities in central and eastern parts of the county received only heavy rain and some wind.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported about 5:45 p.m. that a tornado touched down in northern Cleveland County and moved north toward Burke County. NWS issued a tornado warning for Catawba County that lasted until 6:45 p.m.

The Morning Read: Wednesday, Jan. 11

January 11, 2012

Boys at Fred T. Foard High School threatened a girl with a noose this week, and Catawba County Schools' leader says the school "messed up" in the way it handled the situation.

More details available in The O-N-E's Wednesday online edition: www.observernewsonline.com/content/foard-student-bullied-noose.

North Carolina is investing $5.3 million in Catawba County roads, including resurfacing projects in Newton, Conover, Claremont and Maiden. Find out which roads will get new paving in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

January 10th

Vincent's pin helps Tigers top rival Indians

January 10, 2012

Kicking off action in the Northwestern 3A/4A, rivals Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens squared off on the wrestling mat Tuesday.

They didn’t disappoint.

After 13-of-14 matches wrestled, a mere point separated the teams — 36-35.

Foard’s Michael Vincent and St. Stephens’ Chris Hunt tangled at 126 pounds with the winner helping his team claim the match.

Knowing what was at stake, Vincent pinned Hunt, lifting the Tigers to their 21st victory of the season.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Tigers top Indians

January 10, 2012

Brooke Robinson scored 18 and Chelsea Turner added 15 points, leading Fred T. Foard to its second conference win of the season against St. Stephens on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers (9-7, 2-3) led 22-11 at the half and outscored St. Stephens 32-20 in the second half.

Keyona Hicks led the Lady Indians (3-12, 0-4) with 12 points.

Bandys 63, South Iredell 36

The Lady Trojans continued their impressive roll this season with their 15th win of the season against the Lady Vikings.

Parsons' 20 points lead Rockets past Bobcats 82-70

January 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and Kevin Martin added 17 points and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 82-70 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Jordan Hill had a double-double for the Rockets off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Rockets (3-6) broke open a tight game in the third quarter and the poor-shooting Bobcats could never put together a big run.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

January 10, 2012

This photo of Daniel Whisnant is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

Whisnant was sentenced to 38-55 months in prison last week for the death of Charlie Sybrant. At his sentencing, Whisnant begged Sybrant's parents for forgiveness.

Sybrant died in 2009 when Whisnant, who was drunk, hit her with his car. He fled the scene.

Visit observernewsonline.com each Wednesday for The O-N-E photo of the week and every day for breaking news. To recommend photos of the week or offer news tips, e-mail onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Bridge repair under way

January 10, 2012

A stretch of N.C. 16 Business near downtown Conover will be closed at night for much of January as workers repair a bridge over U.S. 70.

N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said U.S. 70 will also be closed three or four times at night during work on the bridge.

"They're doing a heat-straightening of some beams," said Michael Poe, an NCDOT district engineer for Catawba and Lincoln counties. "According to contract, the contractor is supposed to complete the project in 20 consecutive days from the beginning, and they are restricted to night work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m."

Man arrested on cocaine charges

January 10, 2012

Newton Police Department (NPD) apprehended a wanted suspect early Monday morning who has a history of trouble in the area.

Joshua Nathaniel Jones, 23, of 1330 B Ave. SE in Hickory, was arrested at his home about 1:12 a.m. Monday for multiple charges related to cocaine possession.

Jones, who was arrested by Hickory Police and turned over to NPD, was charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and trafficking in cocaine following recent indictments sought by NPD.

This isn’t the first time Jones has been in trouble with the law.

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