February 8th, 2012
Two gas leaks within 24 hours forced road closures and evacuations in the Rock Barn Country Club area.
Details from the evacuation, as well as information about who forgot to â€ścall before you digâ€ť in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.
Public health officials encourage healthy habits to help avoid the spread of â€śthe stomach bugâ€ť that is becoming more prevalent in western North Carolina.
A Conover man is a â€śwalking miracleâ€ť after he dropped dead at West Wilkes High School, but was revived thanks to quick thinking students, parents and school staff.
Behind 20 points from Danasia Witherspoon, the Hickory Lady Red Tornadoes locked up the outright girls Northwestern Conference basketball title in 2012 with a win against St. Stephens on Tuesday.
Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard advanced to Thursdayâ€™s third round of the NCHSAA playoffs.
Two other Catawba County schools â€” Bandys and St. Stephens â€” werenâ€™t as fortunate. Both squads had their seasons ended.
The Tigers (30-1) had to overcome a 27-3 deficit early on to win and advance.
Newton-Conover (40-2) took out Ashe County in the first round and followed that up with a 42-18 win against Chase.
The Trojans lost a close contest with Thomasville (27-11), ending Bandysâ€™ season with a 17-12 record.
BOSTON â€” Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird.
Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.
This photo of Bruce Prestwood, right, and Shirley Harvey at The Corner Table is The O-N-E's news photo of the week.
The volunteers served food Jan. 31 during a 10th anniversary celebration at the crisis assistance ministry in Newton.
Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday for a new photo of the week. To suggest photos of the week or submit news tips, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eleanor Kay Sopala Robinette, 66, of Conover, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.
Larry Evans died in December in the lobby of the West Wilkes High School gym.
The experience changed his life.
Evans, 67, of Conover, was revived thanks to several students, their parents and school staff members.
â€śThere are some really, really nice people up there,â€ť Evans said. â€śI think if it had happened anywhere else, I wouldnâ€™t be here. The Lord had everything in place.â€ť
Paige Tart, Evans' daughter, shared the following story of what happened Friday, Dec. 16, the day her father's heart stopped beating.
Conover plans to offer citizens a new place to enjoy fresh fall air this year.
Officials expect the city's new Conover Station Park to be completed by fall, opening opportunities for walking along trails, enjoying a playground and taking in the area's newest outdoor recreation site.
Along with a $7,900 city investment, nearly $750,000 in N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant money is funding the project.
Local health officials say washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid norovirus, the â€śstomach bugâ€ť that has affected citizens across Catawba County and the state.
There have been multiple outbreak reports throughout North Carolina in the past month, including more than 130 Catawba County residents who contracted the virus at a Conover seafood restaurant.
There have been eight reports of norovirus outbreaks across the state in the past month â€” including outbreaks in the Charlotte area, Alamance County and Orange County.
Two gas leaks within 24 hours in Conover forced several residential evacuations and road closures.
First responders and gas crews responded to leaks Monday night and Tuesday afternoon near the main entrance to the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover.
Fire officials say both leaks started when utility crews cut a gas line while installing new equipment for AT&T.
â€śThey were doing some underground boring and ran into it,â€ť said Claremont Fire Chief Gary Sigmon. â€śWhen youâ€™re digging, that can happen.â€ť