HOUSTON â€” The setbacks finally seemed to catch up to the Houston Texans in Cincinnati last week.
It had all been going remarkably well â€” while one key player after another went down with a major injury, Houston somehow continued to win.
At last, the Texans had run into a team good enough to beat them, and the Bengals had them down 16-3 at halftime, and 19-13 with just over two minutes left.
But not even that was too much for depleted Houston to overcome.
Tied late in the third quarter, the Lady Cougars of Alexander Central pulled ahead in the closing moments of the game and held off a late Foard surge to win 41-38 on Thursday.
Maddie Suddreth led Alexander Central (7-1, 2-0) with 22 points, while Marie Ritchie added 12 points.
Scoring a game-high 24 points was Foardâ€™s Brooke Robinson. Teammate Chelsea Turner added 14 points for Foard (4-4, 0-2).
Alexander Central 48, Fred T. Foard 36
Down 45-39 entering the fourth quarter, the St. Stephens boys basketball team scored 20 points in the final quarter, lifting them past South Caldwell, 59-55, for its first conference win of the season.
Drew Starkey scored a career-high 19 points, while Jordan James added 15 points in the victory for St. Stephens (6-3, 1-1).
Jordan Propst scored 30 points, leading South Caldwell (3-5, 0-2).
South Caldwell 56, St. Stephens 35
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said when it comes to comparing Cam Newton to Tim Tebow there is no comparison.
Smith said time will prove Newton is by far the better NFL quarterback.
"If Tebow is standing next to me I would tell it to his face â€” come check me out in five years, Jack, and you'll know who's the best quarterback," Smith said.
Events slow down in the Hickory Metro this week as Christmas approaches, but many churches are holding special holiday services.
Newton-Conover High School will also offer a free lunch for the needy on Thursday.
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Frances Helen Roseman Goble, 89, of Claremont, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Goble family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Maiden will look to annex more property belonging to Apple Inc. on Monday.
The town will hold public hearings on several voluntary annexations on Monday, including one involving additions to Apple Inc.â€™s growing property base on Startown Road.
Town officials say Apple recently purchased four parcels of property on Startown Road across the street from its current Apple Data Center site.
The additions add about 16 acres to Appleâ€™s existing land.
A voluntary annexation means the company â€” Apple â€” asked to be annexed into town limits, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Catawba County Commissioners will look to approve an incentive agreement on Monday that could bring up to 80 new jobs to the area.
Last week, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) announced that German-based manufacturer Punker LLC plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Hickory. The expansion will bring at least 62 jobs to the area, with the potential to create 80 new jobs.
Punker produces fan parts for the HVAC and exhaust industries. The company's Hickory plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the United States, according to the CCEDC.
Newton will borrow up to $5.67 million to finance new equipment, real property improvements and infrastructure repairs.
Among those infrastructure repairs will be nine projects to rehabilitate Newton water lines and three projects to address problem sewer lines. Those rehabilitation projects along with equipment and property improvements were approved by Newton City Council in May as part of a $32.4 million Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook are rewarding area residents who spend their holiday dollars at locally owned businesses in the Hickory Metro.
Today the Catawba County community newspaper announced grand prize winners in the Hometown Christmas shop-local campaign. During the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and 63 Big Ways, The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard called the names of three area residents whose Christmas got a little brighter.