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December 21st

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Dec. 21

December 21, 2011

It is crunch time for construction crews at the new Newton-Conover Middle School and The Observer News Enterprise takes an inside look at the projects progress. Read more about the school in the Wednesday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

Be sure to visit The O-N-E Facebook page for an exclusive photo gallery of the school-in-progress, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Observer-News-Enterprise/73539327933.

December 20th

Lady Red Devils give Hickory first loss

December 20, 2011

Playing Hickory for the second time around, it was a much different result for the Newton-Conover girls basketball team.

Shynese Whitener scored 22 points and four Lady Red Devils reached double-digits, delivering the Lady Red Tornadoes their first loss of the season in a 57-52 win on Tuesday in Newton.

Kadesha Gibbs added 11 points for Newton-Conover (6-2), while Taylor Petty and Dashia Tipps added 10 points each.

Danasia Witherspoon led Hickory (9-1) with 19 points.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians improve to 8-3

December 20, 2011

St. Stephens 51, Bandys 39

Chris Hefner scored 11 points and Kerigan Farley added 10 points to lead the Indians (8-3) to a non-conference victory against the Trojans.

St. Stephens turned a one-point lead in the first quarter into a 32-22 lead at halftime. That distance carried through the rest of the game, pacing the Indians to their second win over the Trojans.

Hayden Deal led Bandys (0-9) with 12 points.

Girls basketball

Bandys 80, St. Stephens 26

Panthers feel defense headed in right direction

December 20, 2011

CHARLOTTE — A quick glimpse at the numbers suggests the Panthers should focus on upgrading their defense next offseason.

But that's not necessarily the team's thinking as it begins to look ahead to 2012.

Although the Panthers rank 23rd in the NFL in total defense this year — as opposed to fifth on offense — general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera feel the defense is much improved over the last month.

The Panthers (5-9) have held three of their last four opponents to fewer than 20 points entering Sunday's game against Tampa Bay (4-10).

County children write to Santa

December 20, 2011

An annual tradition, The O-N-E gathered Santa letters written by Catawba County children and compiled them, days before Christmas.

Enjoy the letters below, and pick up the Thursday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise for a special section that samples the letters and holiday artwork by Catawba County children.

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this year. This is what I want for Christmas. An I Pad cover, I pad case, A bunny, A bunny Cage, and an outfit from Justice.
Sincerely,
Lindsay Lansdowne
Newton, NC

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl All Year!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

December 20, 2011

This photo of a Chevrolet Corvette outside Cynthia Travis' Newton home is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

The car went airborne Monday afternoon on Laffon Road in Newton, and its driver and passenger were transported to the hospital.

The car hit Travis' house, breaking several steel columns that held up the front porch.

Visit observernewsonline.com each Wednesday for The O-N-E photo of the week, and visit the site throughout the week for breaking news, complete coverage of Catawba County prep sports and more.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 20, 2011

Lela Virginia Rumfelt Sisk, 84, of Lincolnton, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 at Cardinal Care of Lincolnton.  E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Sisk family.

Crunch time

December 20, 2011

Among the many features of Newton-Conover City Schools' new middle school, system leaders say aesthetics and accessibility make the building better than the rest.

Construction of the new school, slated to open next fall, is about a month behind schedule, school officials estimated Tuesday. Allen Kirby — construction coordinator for Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS), Hickory Public Schools and Catawba Valley Community College — said a wet winter could further delay progress as crews work to complete sidewalks, stairs and other features outside the school building.

County's teen pregnancy rate drops

December 20, 2011

Catawba County’s teen pregnancy rate dropped to an all-time low in 2010, according to data released recently.

The total number of pregnancies among Catawba County girls ages 15-19 dropped from 297 in 2009 to 245 in 2010, resulting in a 12-percent decline. The decrease is the single largest year-to-year drop in county history.

North Carolina’s teen pregnancy rates are also at an all-time low. Rates dropped 11 percent statewide from 2009 to 2010, according to new data released last week.

Incentives approved for manufacturer

December 20, 2011

The area’s newest manufacturer will get a financial lift from the county next year.

Catawba County Commissioners approved an incentive agreement Monday for Punker LLC, a German-based manufacturer that plans to bring up to 80 new jobs to the area.

Earlier this month, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) announced that Punker plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Hickory. Punker produces fan parts for the HVAC and exhaust industries.

The expansion will bring at least 62 jobs to the area, with the potential to create 80 new jobs.

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