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Indians cage Bears on the mat

December 13, 2011

The St. Stephens wrestling team improved to 12-4 on the season, sweeping a tri-match between Bunker Hill (6-5) and East Wilkes.

The Indians earned four pins against the Bears, including Justin Kidd at 120 pounds, Hunter Schronce at 132 pounds, Ian Martin at 145 pounds and Matt Baker at 220 pounds.

Both St. Stephens and Bunker Hill earned wins over East Wilkes, who did not show up and forfeited its matches.

Bunker Hill competes again this weekend at the Pirate Invitational at Porter Ridge High School, while St. Stephens travels to West Lincoln.

Bobcats to go small after losing Brown

December 13, 2011

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Bobcats are gearing up for some small ball.

Starting center Kwame Brown agreed to a one-year contract worth $7 million with Golden State on Tuesday, leaving the Bobcats with one of the shortest starting lineups in the NBA.

The Bobcats planned to run quite a bit this season anyway, but now it will be imperative to play an up-tempo game.

"When you're so small you don't want to play half court with guys," said point guard D.J. Augustin. "You want to run and play transition and get some easy points off fast breaks."

Stedman takes Newton mayor office

December 13, 2011

For the first time in Newton's 150-year history, a woman has sworn to "faithfully execute" the duties of the office of mayor to the "best of her ability."

With her son Charles Stedman holding a Bible and her family surrounding her, Anne Petree Stedman was officially installed as Newton's mayor on Tuesday.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

December 13, 2011

This photo of poinsettias inside the Bunker Hill High School greenhouse is The Observer News Enterprise news photo of the week.

Bunker Hill, Bandys and St. Stephens high school students are selling poinsettias to benefit their greenhouse programs.

To submit choices for photos of the week, and to submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com or call 828-464-0221.

New structure for training

December 13, 2011

Newton Fire Department’s new training trailer is a lot more than a box with fake smoke.

The $120,000 structure has a repelling wall, roof-pitch simulators, moveable breech walls, a maze and a burn room that heats up to more than 1,000 degrees, among other features.

“There are so many things you can do,” said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 13, 2011

Ramona Cornwell Hoyle, 81, of Maiden, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, where she was a resident for nine years. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hoyle Family.

Josephine Kale Singleton Burke, 78, of Catawba, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Burke family.

Leaders weigh search options

December 13, 2011

The Catawba County Schools Board of Education is at a crossroads in its search for the system's next superintendent.

Current Superintendent Glenn Barger will retire June 30. School board members met Tuesday and started to discuss whether they want to replace Barger with an experienced superintendent or a talented assistant administrator.

Tech school recruits N-C students

December 13, 2011

In an economic climate filled with unemployed citizens, tech graduates are finding jobs.

The Universal Technical Institute — which recruits area high school students to its schools in Mooresville and 11 other locations across the nation — landed jobs for four out of five of its graduates in automotive, motorcycle, and other technician roles in recent years.

Section of I-40 to be closed

December 13, 2011

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will close the right lane of eastbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 124 in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to repair a 60-foot section of highway.

Weather permitting, the work will be completed no later than Friday, according to NCDOT.

The concrete slab under the highway has deteriorated and will be replaced. Once that is completed, crews will repave the highway. The paving work will be done during the day while temperatures are above 40 degrees, according to NCDOT.

Newton prepares to install new mayor

December 13, 2011

Newton City Council will install Anne P. Stedman as the city's first female mayor tonight. It will also appoint a citizen to fill her unexpired council seat to conclude the 7 p.m. meeting at city hall.

Stedman replaces outgoing Mayor Robert Mullinax, and leaves behind two years in her council term. She has served as the city's mayor pro tem since her re-election in 2009. City Council will also elect a new mayor pro tem tonight.

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