September 12th, 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 bachelorâ€™s degree in 2007.
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 Sundayâ€™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.
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.
â€śToday marks the 10th anniversary of when our world was made different in an instant,â€ť said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. â€śWhatever we call 9/11 - the beginning of the war on terror - or Americaâ€™s wake-up call, one fact is beyond belief: it changed us, and it changed our world.â€ť
On a night when a Bunker Hill offensive weapon reached a milestone mark, the Bears defense mauled their opponents in the gameâ€™s waning moments to preserve a 34-26 victory over Fred T. Foard.
â€śI am real proud of the way the defense stepped up there in the fourth quarter,â€ť said Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner. â€śWe got some big stops.â€ť
Searching for a boost against St. Stephens, Maiden turned to Will power.
Senior Will Jenkins, who had 243 yards on the ground coming into Fridayâ€™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).
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.
â€¨â€¨A group of Conover officials experienced 9/11 first hand this week through the mouth of a â€śheroâ€ť and â€śsurvivorâ€ť himself.
â€¨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.
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.
Only a few hours after terrorists attacked the United States, Catawba County's community newspaper was among the first in the state and the nation to hit the streets with the news.
"We had it in the newspaper pretty quick. We may have been the first newspaper in North Carolina to print it," said Jon Alverson, former sports editor for The Observer News Enterprise. "I know we had it out before noon."
Police busted a one-man drug and gun operation in Claremont on Thursday that yielded marijuana, cash and more than 100 jars of moonshine.
Authorities searched a Claremont home Thursday and found 295 grams of marijuana, 40 firearms, $13,000 in cash and more than 100 jars of moonshine.
Police also seized a liquor still from the residence at 7103 River Bend Road, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.