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January 26, 2012

Anne Elizabeth Wilfong Baldwin, 76, of Whitewater, Wisc., died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.  Arrangements are by Lunsford Funeral Home in Cuthbert, Ga.

Newton rapist set for parole

January 26, 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.

Lady Bears favored, Carpenter on All-SAC first team

January 26, 2012

Defending SAC softball champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, according to a coaches’ 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.  L-R received all but one of the preseason poll’s first-place votes.

The Bears also lead the way with five selections to the preseason All-SAC team — four on the first team and one player on the second team. 

Learning at lunch

January 26, 2012

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.

“I like having someone I can talk to about my problems,” Scarberry said recently over a game of Mosaic Mysteries and a meal of noodles, applesauce and chocolate milk.

Echerd is Scarberry’s lunch-buddy mentor. The pair is among dozens who meet each week during lunch periods at Catawba County middle schools.

Brothers kidnap, beat, rob man

January 26, 2012

Two Hickory brothers are in custody after kidnapping, robbing and beating an employee of McGuire’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 McGuire’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.

Cops nab three on drug charges

January 26, 2012

Three Catawba County residents were among 21 arrested Thursday in the latest Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) drug sting.


In coordination with the U.S. Marshal’s Office, LCSO launched “Operation 38 Special” early Thursday morning. Officers sought 38 wanted suspects in the area, and 21 were caught.

Three of the suspects have Catawba County addresses.

* 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.  

Updated: N.C. Gov. Perdue won't seek re-election

January 26, 2012

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.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Jan. 26

January 26, 2012

Catawba County leaders are considering plans to merge the county’s Alchohol Beverage Control office with Alexander County’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.

January 25th

L-R men victorious, Lady Bears fall in close contests

January 25, 2012

Leading by as many as 12 points, the Lenoir-Rhyne men’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-R’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 game’s waning moments to pick up the conference victory.

Coaches vs. Cancer game raises almost $600

January 25, 2012

Last Friday’s fundraiser game between Maiden and Newton-Conover raised almost $600.

All proceeds raised go toward “Coaches vs. Cancer.”

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.

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