February 24th, 2012
Nine 2A wrestlers and seven 3A wrestlers are still alive for a chance at NCHSAA individual state wrestling titles after the first day of competition in Greensboro.
Newton-Conover remains in the best shape for a potential state championship. All five Red Devils who qualified for states, including Ian Canrobert (106), Franklin Wepner (126), Eric Holbrook (145), Addison Klutz (152) and Tyler Benfield (195), all advanced to the second round.
A pottery and soup fundraiser Saturday will help fill the stomachs of hungry citizens in Catawba County.
St. Stephens High School will host the sixth annual Empty Bowls event in its cafeteria from 5-8 p.m.
For $15, guests get a handmade pottery bowl, gourmet soup from local restaurants, homemade yeast rolls, dessert and a drink.
All proceeds will benefit The Corner Table in Newton and the Hickory Soup Kitchen.
During the event, students will perform monologues and songs for entertainment.
Robert "Bob" Thomas, who served three terms as district 25 attorney, died this week at his Hickory home.
He was 82.
Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force and worked 23 years as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
From 1982-94, he served as district attorney in North Carolina's 25th district, which includes Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties.
Sean McGinnis, current assistant district attorney, said Thomas hired him in December 1993.
Catawba Countyâ€™s Justice Center was a busy place Thursday, and The Observer News Enterprise is delivering all the details in the Friday print an online editions.
Michael Anderson was sentenced to at least 16 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his roommate last year. The 20-year-oldâ€™s guilty plea comes after he shot and killed Stephen Starr and mutilated the manâ€™s body with an ax.
Another killer received a life jail sentence for pleading guilty to killing a 26-year-old woman in a Hickory mobile home park in 2006.
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Trying to repeat its state title from a season ago, Fred T. Foard goes from the hunters to the hunted.
The Tigers wrestling team claimed the schoolâ€™s first-ever boys state championship a year ago.
Foard coach Mike Carey said the feeling of entering as defending champions isnâ€™t that different from starting last year as challengers.
â€śIt gives us a sense of confidence that we can do well,â€ť Carey said. â€śIndividually, we just have to wrestle every match we get the chance to. It could be the last time. We have to make sure we need to take care of things and good things will come.â€ť
A pair of Fred T. Foard swimmers were honored by the Northwestern 3A/4A conference this week for their outstanding achievements this past season.
The Tigersâ€™ Jake Pierce and Leah Watts were named conference swimmers of the year.
Watts shares her honor with Hickoryâ€™s Janie Kennedy.
Along with her solo award, Watts was named all-conference in the 200-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. â€” Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.
Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile qualifying races Thursday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle. The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday's race â€” right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle.
Tony Stewart, the defending NASCAR champion, won the first race and will line up next to Kenseth at Daytona International Speedway.
A Kings Mountain native will spend at least 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to one of the most brutal murders in Catawba County history.
Michael Anderson, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in Catawba County court. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was sentenced in the aggravated range to 196 to 245 months in a N.C. Department of Correction prison.
Anderson has been in jail since Feb. 14, 2011, when he called a 9-1-1 operator and said he had shot, killed and â€śmutilatedâ€ť his roommate, 36-year-old Hickory resident Stephen Starr.
Xavier and Kaiden McMurtry expected to learn about the nation's presidents Thursday morning.
The Hickory boys didn't expect their father to join them.
Army Staff Sgt. Barry McMurtry just returned from a one-year tour in Afghanistan, his fifth deployment. McMurtry's sons thought he would return this weekend, but he surprised them when he walked onto the stage at Mountain View Elementary School's Presidents' Day program.
Xavier and Kaiden walked onto the stage, surrounded their father and hugged him.