March 3rd, 2012
Jobs, scholarships and politics are focuses of events this week in the county.
Catawba Valley Community College will host a job fair Tuesday.
Catawba County commissioner candidates will speak Thursday at the Catawba Valley Tea Party's monthly meeting.
On Friday, Newton Kiwanis Club will sell barbecue chicken plates to raise money for scholarships for county students.
Read on for details on these events and more this week in Catawba County.
Thirteen was an unlucky number for the Bandys girls basketball team Saturday in the 2A West Regional finals in Greensboro.
Bandys, which led Wilkes Central by 13 points at halftime, scored 13 second-half points on its way to falling to the Lady Eagles by 13, 58-45.
The Lady Trojans finish their season at 28-3.
Bandys' third trip to the 2A West Regionals will be longer than the first two.
Madi Story made sure of that Friday night.
The sophomore guard powered her way to 33 points and 10 rebounds against North Surry, leading the Lady Trojans (28-2) to the sectional championship, 60-49, at Fleming Gym on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
"That's been in her all year," Bandys coach Beth Queen said of Story's performance. "Madi just took control of the game, put us on her shoulders and carried us. She saw what had to be done and took it to the rim for us."
Newton-Conover senior running back Jervasse Moss was tabbed Friday to play in the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game.
Moss will play for the West as one of 32 high school football players on the squad.
â€śI think this is a good opportunity to get ready and prepared for college,â€ť Moss said. â€śItâ€™s very special because I didnâ€™t get to play many games this season. God just blessed me with another game to play in high school football against the best players. Weâ€™ll see what happens when I get down there.â€ť
Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from Ben Watson, St. Stephens defeated Maiden on the baseball diamond, 7-0 â€” the second win by the Indians against the Blue Devils.
St. Stephens scored six runs in the sixth inning, and were led offensively by Luke Barton, who went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles.
The Indians' Logan Gray was 2-for-3 with a double, while Ky'rawn Whitfield went 2-for-3, as well.
Aaron Rudisill delivered the lone Maiden hit, while Adam Houston suffered the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils.
DURHAM â€” Austin Rivers punctuated his first North Carolina-Duke game with one of the biggest shots in the rivalry's history.
For an encore, the freshman wants to bring his fourth-ranked Blue Devils another ACC regular-season title.
The No. 1 seed in the conference tournament â€” and maybe one in the NCAA tournament, too â€” once again is on the line Saturday night when Duke (26-4, 13-2) faces the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference co-leaders.
Marilyn Joyce Ballard Baker, 67, of Conover, formerly of Lincolnton, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center in Lincolnton, after a long period of declining health. The Baker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Patricia Ann Cline McAlister, 76, of East Maiden Road, Maiden, died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the McAlister Family.
On Read Across America Day on Friday, these cats in hats came out to play at Thornton Elementary School.
Pictured include, from left, Thornton data manager Dawn West, Principal Tammy Brown, and teacher's assistant Sandra Kimsey.
The Observer News Enterprise received four awards in the North Carolina Press Association's annual editorial competition.
Among awards officially announced by the NCPA on Thursday was a first-place award for news features for The O-N-E writer Nash Dunn's two-part examination of homelessness in Catawba County, "Voices unheard." The series published in August 2011.
A former PTO treasurer for Webb A. Murray Elementary School was convicted of obtaining property by false pretense and placed on probation for three years.
Holly Lafone Specht, 31, was originally indicted in April 2010 on three charges related to her stealing money from the schoolâ€™s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) while serving as the groupâ€™s treasurer during the 2008-09 school year.
On Thursday, a jury found Specht guilty of one count of obtaining property by false pretense, agreeing that she had used PTO funds to purchase goods at a local retail store.