January 18th, 2012
Chris Nelson, head coach of the St. Stephens boys soccer program for two seasons, will step down Friday.
Nelson will become an athletic director in Colleton County, S.C.
He was offered the job Monday, accepted it and informed the players of his decision Tuesday.
âIâm resigning the teaching and coaching position at the end of this semester,â Nelson said in a phone interview.
The 27-year-old, who also assisted coach Chuck Davis with the girls soccer program at St. Stephens, directed the Indians to a 19-14-3 record during his coaching tenure at the school.
Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and Newton-Conoverâs wrestling teams remain among the top five teams in this weekâs dual team coaches poll.
The Tigers (22-1) lost first place votes in the latest poll.
They trail Orange by 26 votes, a closer margin than the last poll Jan. 4.
St. Stephens remains in fifth place in the 3A ranks.
In 2A, Newton-Conover remains in second place, trailing Piedmont, while Bandys remains slightly outside the top five.
3A coaches poll
1. Orange (18) 220
2. Foard (5) 194
3. Robinson 132
4. SW Randolph 48
5. St. Stephens 24
Catawba County commissioners agreed to a grant this week that will help pay for repairs to multiple low-income households.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners agreed to the N.C. Housing Finance Agency Urgent Repair Program Grant in the amount of $37,500.
The grant will be used to provide energy-efficiency improvements and minor structural repairs to seven low-income households in the area, according to information from the county.
Each home will receive a maximum of $5,000 in repairs.
Police arrested a Newton man Monday afternoon after he assaulted his girlfriend and led authorities on a chase through the county.
Rushie Lee Kennedy, 24, of 815 East 1st St. in Newton, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest and assault on a female after a domestic issue turned into a police chase Monday afternoon.
Police say Kennedy assaulted his girlfriend at the Catawba Pines Apartments in Newton at about 2:30 p.m. Monday and fled the scene in a silver Chevy Impala.
His girlfriend called the police, who caught up to Kennedy in Newton and attempted to stop him. Â
Francina Owens was sitting in her driverâs education class Wednesday morning when she heard a voice on a loudspeaker.
âSecurity code red. The campus is on lockdown. This is not a test,â the voice said.
Owens, a Maiden resident, was one of nearly 1,000 students on Catawba Valley Community Collegeâs East Campus when an employee spotted what appeared to be a gunman in a parking lot in front of the school.
Both the east and main campuses at CVCC were on lockdown for nearly four hours as area SWAT teams searched buildings for the suspect.
Authorities never found the reported gunman.
Traffic is returning to normal on N.C. 16 Business near downtown Conover â for now.
This week, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70. Meanwhile, work is expected to begin soon to replace an aging N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40.
Repairs to the bridge over U.S. 70 were the result of a truck scraping underneath and damaging the bridge, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer who works in Catawba and Lincoln counties.
About 5,000 people were on lockdown at Catawba Valley Community Collegeâs two campuses Wednesday after someone reported a gunman on school property.
Area SWAT teams intensively searched CVCCâs east and main campuses for nearly four hours after a school employee spotted what they thought was a man with a gun in the East Campus parking lot.
The supposed gunman was never located.
Conover firefighters found a man dead inside a burning vehicle Tuesday morning. Get all the current details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E, and visit www.observernewsonline.com for updated information as it becomes available.
The O-N-E was first to report Newton leadersâ vote to relax rules for temporary signs promoting special events for businesses and civic clubs. The decision was divided and one city planning commission member said âunlimited signs will lead to a trash-dump-looking city.â
See the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E for complete details.
Keeping pace near the top of the Northwestern conference, the St. Stephens boys basketball survived small runs by Watauga to win its fourth NWC game of the season.
âYou have to win conference games, especially conference games at home,â said Indians coach Murphy Post. âWatauga is a good team. Any chance we have to win a conference game at home, thatâs big for us, as far as playoff position and trying to contend to move up the ladder a little bit.â
Kerigan Fairley scored 16 points and Dillion Spencer added 11 points to lead the Indians (12-6, 4-2).
Behind 18 points each from Dasia Tipps and Kadesha Gibbs, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team improved to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a 78-28 thrashing of West Caldwell on Tuesday.
Taylor Petty added 16 points for N-C in the victory, while Shynese Whitener scored 11 points.
Draughn 58, Maiden 52
Despite being outscored by four points in the final quarter, the Lady Wildcats edged the Lady Blue Devils in Valdese on Tuesday.
Lauren Duckworth scored a game-high 22 points for Draughn (10-7, 3-4), while Haley Broadwell added 12 points.