February 13th, 2012
Monday, Feb. 13
Bunker Hill at Newton-Conover girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden at Bandys girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Bandys boys basketball at West Caldwell, 6:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill boys basketball at Draughn, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden boys basketball at Newton-Conover, 8 p.m.
Watauga at Fred T. Foard girls basketball, 7 p.m.
St. Stephens at Alexander Central girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Fred T. Foard at St. Stephens boys basketball, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Watauga-Foard girls winner at Hickory, 6:30 p.m.
CHARLOTTE â Blake Griffin can't remember ever receiving an ovation from an opposing crowd after leaving a game.
But he got one Saturday night after an impressive performance that included several highlight-reel dunks in the Los Angeles Clippers' 111-86 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Griffin finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds before leaving the game with a little more than six minutes remaining.
"That might be a first," Griffin said of the ovation. "That was pretty cool."
A 13-5 fourth quarter propelled the Hickory boys basketball team to a 54-40 win against Fred T. Foard on Friday.
The victory earns the Red Tornadoes (21-3, 11-1) a share of the regular season NWC title.
Jalen Byrd led Hickory with 12 points, while C.J. Wardrick added 10 points and Zach Jarrett pitched in eight points.
Jordan Turner scored a game-high 15 points for Foard (13-10, 3-9), including 13 points in the first half. Daniel Tomberlin added six points.
Bandys and Newton-Conover both earned victories Friday in girls basketball, earning them both a share of the regular season Catawba Valley 2A basketball crown.
Behind 18 points from Brittany Moss, the Trojans (22-1, 13-1) picked up a dominant 75-15 win against Bunker Hill on Friday.
Jesse Story added 14 points in the victory, while Madi Story recorded seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Lady Red Devils (21-3, 13-1) topped West Caldwell (9-11, 7-7), 75-36, on the road.
Maiden 53, Draughn 50
CHARLOTTE â Derrick Rose can afford to take a night or two off with the way the Chicago Bulls are playing â especially when the opponent is the worst team in the NBA.
Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and the Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP.
The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.
The 2012 election season gets under way this week in Catawba County as filing begins Monday for a variety of seats.
For those who have already tuned out the year's political events, there's also a home show and several musical performances. One will benefit an area school's backpack program.
The Dinosaurs exhibit also continues at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory.
For more on this week's events, read on.
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Police arrested the husband of a Conover city councilwoman Friday on charges he assaulted a disabled man at a city meeting Feb. 6.
Kenneth Rowe Herman, 71, husband of councilwoman Jan Herman, is charged with assault on a handicapped person. He was released from the Catawba County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond and was given a March 14 court date.
The charge stems from an incident that occurred Monday night at Conoverâs monthly city council meeting.
They fell in love when he was 16, and she was 14. They never married, and there was never anyone else. Now, 14 years later Derick Willis and Angela Seagle will marry Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. And, they expect quite a crowd â in fact, a âcourthouseâ full of friends and family.
Willis and Seagle will make Valentineâs Day their wedding day by saying âI doâ at the Register of Deeds office in Catawba County.
Anner Belle Drum Mitchem, 77, of Newton, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Mitchem family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Frances Morrow Gilbert, 79, of Maiden, died Feb. 10, 2012, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Gilbert family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Election season will officially get under way Monday, as filing begins for county, state and federal offices.
The 2012 filing period will last from noon Monday until noon Feb. 29.
County offices up for election include the Catawba County register of deeds and two seats for the county board of commissioners.
Republican commissioner incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker have both said they intend to run for re-election. Republican Kevin Spiva, a former Maiden councilman from 2001-06, announced he intends to challenge the incumbent members for one of the two seats.