January 26th, 2012
A Newton man sentenced to life in prison for raping a young woman more than 20 years ago will be released in 2014, the state Parole Commission announced this week.
Wilford Russell Hicks was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape on June 7, 1990, and was sentenced to life in prison.
According to detectives at the time of his arrest, Hicks and Samuel David Ramseur, both of the same address on East 2nd Street in Newton, raped a 26-year-old white woman on Feb. 27, 1990 on a dirt road off N.C. 10.
Defending SAC softball champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, according to a coachesâ€™ poll released Thursday.
Lenoir-Rhyne went 45-10 overall and 16-2 in league play in 2011, winning both the SAC regular season and Food Lion Tournament championships.Â L-R received all but one of the preseason pollâ€™s first-place votes.
The Bears also lead the way with five selections to the preseason All-SAC team â€” four on the first team and one player on the second team.Â
Seventh-grader Virginia Scarberry takes her lunch tray outside the Newton-Conover Middle School cafeteria on Wednesdays.
She settles into a seat at a classroom table, where she plays board games and talks about her life with a new friend, Jane Echerd.
â€śI like having someone I can talk to about my problems,â€ť Scarberry said recently over a game of Mosaic Mysteries and a meal of noodles, applesauce and chocolate milk.
Echerd is Scarberryâ€™s lunch-buddy mentor. The pair is among dozens who meet each week during lunch periods at Catawba County middle schools.
Two Hickory brothers are in custody after kidnapping, robbing and beating an employee of McGuireâ€™s Pub in Hickory early Thursday morning.
Hickory Police officials say Martin Cuellar Cervantez, 48, of Hickory, was driving home from his shift as a cook at McGuireâ€™s about 2 a.m. Thursday when he was stopped by two men at the intersection of 2nd Avenue Northeast and North Center Street near downtown.
Three Catawba County residents were among 21 arrested Thursday in the latest Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) drug sting.
â€¨In coordination with the U.S. Marshalâ€™s Office, LCSO launched â€śOperation 38 Specialâ€ť early Thursday morning. Officers sought 38 wanted suspects in the area, and 21 were caught.
Three of the suspects have Catawba County addresses.â€¨
* Travis Santel Ramseur, 33, of 306 Kilborne Drive in Newton, is charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; and sell and deliver marijuana. His bond is set at $20,000 secured. Â
Democratic North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, the first woman elected governor in the state, said Thursday she would not seek re-election this year because she believes a bid would make it more difficult to fund education.
Perdue has faced poor poll numbers, continued budget troubles and a campaign investigation while Republicans took over the Legislature last year.
Catawba County leaders are considering plans to merge the countyâ€™s Alchohol Beverage Control office with Alexander Countyâ€™s. Why? What does that mean?
Details in the Thursday print and online edition of The O-N-E.
After a night-time crash during a summer district attorneys conference at the beach, Assistant District 25 Attorney Eric Bellas was charged with operating a bicycle while intoxicated. This week, charges against him were dismissed in Brunswick County.
Leading by as many as 12 points, the Lenoir-Rhyne menâ€™s basketball team held off a late charge by Tusculum (7-10, 4-5) to win on Wednesday.
The Bears improve to 9-9 overall and 5-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.
L-Râ€™s Kevin Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.
Women's college basketball
Tusculum 68, Lenoir-Rhyne 65
Tied with 3:46 left in the game, the Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Bears 11-8 in the gameâ€™s waning moments to pick up the conference victory.
Last Fridayâ€™s fundraiser game between Maiden and Newton-Conover raised almost $600.
All proceeds raised go toward â€śCoaches vs. Cancer.â€ť
Money was raised through various donations, a 50/50 raffle held in the third quarter of the boys game and $1 half court shots.
The Coaches versus Cancer Council was formed in 1998 to help raise funds through coaches to fight cancer.
The Newton-Conover and Maiden basketball game was one of several area contests that raised money for the organization.
Hickory Christian Academy will raise money Friday at its game against Statesville Christian.
WASHINGTON â€” Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach.
Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, and guided the team without the benefit of a practice. Saunders' lead assistant has been an NBA coach twice â€” with Minnesota and Cleveland. His career record improved to 101-207.
He didn't change the starting lineup.
"All these guys get a clean slate with me," Wittman said.