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Man dies in house fire

December 30, 2011

A house fire killed an 81-year-old man Friday morning in the Oxford community.

Fire burned the home at 4086 Hall Dairy Road north of Claremont. The man's identity was not released Friday.

“At this point, there’s probably going to be a loss of life,” Oxford Fire Chief Wayne Smith said at the scene, adding that fire marshals, the sheriff’s office and State Bureau of Investigation are still investigating the fire. Officials said they do not believe arson was the cause.

Hickory athletic director, coach John Worley to retire

December 30, 2011

Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.

During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worley’s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.

Hickory AD, coach retiring

December 30, 2011

Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.

During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worley’s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.

BREAKING: 162 new jobs announced

December 30, 2011

Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that Infinisource Holdings Inc., a nationally known benefits administrator focused on small to mid-market firms, will move its headquarters and start a new division in Charlotte. The company plans to create 162 jobs over the next five years with a $500,000 capital investment in Mecklenburg County. The project was made possible in part by a Job Development Investment Grant.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Dec. 30

December 30, 2011

Hickory High captured championship crowns in the 25th Annual Catawba Valley Classic last night. See complete details about all the tournament action in The O-N-E’s print and online editions. See the game blog here: www.observernewsonline.com/content/catawba-valley-classic-championship-b....

Catawba County and north Carolina residents will see new laws take effect Monday. Getting cold medication gets more challenging. Teens must start logging driving time. Find out more details in Friday’s O-N-E.

The new year also brings more pain at the gas pump.

Campaign trail: Burr backs Romney

December 30, 2011

Mitt Romney announced the support of North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday night.

“I am honored to have Senator Burr’s support,” said Romney. “Senator Burr has been a consistent conservative who is committed to lowering taxes, abolishing unnecessary regulations, and restoring our nation’s fiscal health. With his help, I look forward to bringing my message of a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter’ federal government to voters in North Carolina and across the nation.”

December 29th

Hickory tops Newton-Conover in Classic final

December 29, 2011

Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.

When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devils’ chance at a repeat.

The game’s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two school’s football programs.

Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts — a staggering 22 percent for the game.

Tigers surge by N-C in second half for win

December 29, 2011

Fred T. Foard earned its highest finish in recent memory at the Catawba Valley Classic, knocking off its second in-county rival in two days.

The Tigers scored 31 points in the second half against Newton-Conover, including 13 from Jordan Turner and eight points each from Tyler Dickens and Bryce Falgout, to overcome a slow start to the game and pick up the fifth-place boys trophy at the Classic, 48-41.

Brooke Robinson's 26 paces Foard past Maiden

December 29, 2011

Girls basketball players wearing the No. 21 battled Thursday for a chance to guide their team to a fifth-place finish on the girls side of the Catawba Valley Classic.

In the end, it was Fred T. Foard’s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.

“Overall, I’m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,” said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. “I think we’ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. We’ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.”

New law aims to curb meth use, production

December 29, 2011

Area pharmacists will begin electronically monitoring pseudoephedrine-like purchases next week in an effort to curtail methamphetamine production statewide.

As part of a new state law tabbed “Stop Methamphetamine Labs,” pharmacists in Catawba County and across the state will begin logging pseudoephedrine and other sales of products used to make meth.

Lawmakers formed the law this summer to increase the regulation of pseudoephedrine products to curtail meth production and reduce costs to local governments for meth-lab cleanup costs. It was signed into law June 23.

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