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September 12th, 2011

Drunken feud leads to stabbing

September 13, 2011

A Claremont woman is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the chest by her partner.

Police say a group of friends was playing cards and drinking alcohol on Friday when an argument between Cheryl Flowers and Loretta Gibbs began.

The argument escalated, and Gibbs stabbed Flowers in the chest with a knife, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Flowers was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with serious injuries on Friday, but Reid said Monday that she is in stable condition.

Toilets, cabinets stolen from home

September 13, 2011

Owners of a vacant house found the structure flushed of its bathroom and kitchen amenities on Sunday after thieves stole toilets and cabinets.

Newton police say suspects stole toilets, a heat pump and kitchen and bathroom cabinets from the house at 1205 Old Conover-Startown recently.

“This is not the common (breaking and entering) that we have,” said Newton Police Major Kevin Yarborough, adding that the incident was a unique situation because of the items stolen.

New editor joins staff of The O-N-E

September 13, 2011

Matthew Tessnear joined The Observer News Enterprise as managing editor, Catawba County;s community newspaper announced Monday,

"We are excited to announce this new addition to our staff," said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard. "Matthew has a solid background in journalism, and I am confident that he will help The O-N-E continue to report news that is important to the readers of our newspapers and our online publication."

Tessnear, 26, is a native of Alexis in Gaston County. He studied journalism at Gardner-Webb University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2007.

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason out for season

September 12, 2011

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason is out for the season after tearing his left achilles tendon.

According to the Panthers website, an MRI on Monday revealed the injury, which will cause Beason to miss the entire 2011 season.

Beason left on a cart in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Beason had been limited in practice because of a left ankle injury. He fell to the turf on a 48-yard touchdown pass by tight end Jeff King.

September 11th

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2011

During the hour when terrorist attacks were unfolding on U.S. soil a decade earlier, Catawba County citizens gathered in Conover on Sunday to remember Sept. 11, 2001.

“Today marks the 10th anniversary of when our world was made different in an instant,” said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. “Whatever we call 9/11 - the beginning of the war on terror - or America’s wake-up call, one fact is beyond belief: it changed us, and it changed our world.”

September 10th

Bunker Hill scores late, tops Tigers

September 10, 2011

On a night when a Bunker Hill offensive weapon reached a milestone mark, the Bears defense mauled their opponents in the game’s waning moments to preserve a 34-26 victory over Fred T. Foard.

“I am real proud of the way the defense stepped up there in the fourth quarter,” said Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner. “We got some big stops.”

Jenkins sparks Maiden to first home win

September 10, 2011

Searching for a boost against St. Stephens, Maiden turned to Will power.

Senior Will Jenkins, who had 243 yards on the ground coming into Friday’s game, rushed for 157 yards on eight carries and returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score. That performance helped surge the Blue Devils (2-2) to their first home win of the season, 36-10, against the Indians (0-4).

Trojans roll to 4-0 over Knights

September 10, 2011

The Bandys Trojans got off to somewhat of a slow start early. When the offense got going behind the running of Devan Davis, Jackson Gilliam, and Dominique Young, however, Bandys ran for 131 first-half yards, scored 33 points and routed the North Lincoln Knights 54-7 at Gary Butler Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

Bandys (4-0) racked up 287 total yards with 156 of those coming in the second half.

September 9th

Conover delivers 9/11 artifact


September 10, 2011



A group of Conover officials experienced 9/11 first hand this week through the mouth of a “hero” and “survivor” himself.


While on a trip to retrieve a piece of the Twin Towers for the city, Conover chiefs, managers and citizens toured Ground Zero with a man who lived through the terrorist attacks. Nick Pendergast, whose father was the president of the Conover Family Historical Society, was a financial consultant who worked no more than 200 yards away from Ground Zero.

Security changes for cops after 9/11

September 10, 2011

Less than two months ago, federal authorities arrested 17 men in Charlotte associated with the Middle East guerrilla group Hezbollah. The men were smuggling and selling cigarettes across state lines and sending the profits to fund terrorist groups.

It was a large-scale terrorist bust that occurred less than 60 miles from Catawba County.

Area law enforcement say such terrorist plots, as well as the attacks on 9/11, have forced officers to become savvy with a whole new type of security.

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