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January 14th, 2011

Test-review time

January 14, 2011

After a lengthy break from school, area high school students have at least one day to review and prepare for their end-of-course tests.
Students in Newton-Conover City Schools are scheduled to attend school Saturday with an early release time, and Monday and Tuesday are regular instruction days. David Stegall, NCCS associate superintendent, said those days will be used to review and prepare for students' EOC exams, which start Wednesday.

Picky thieves target Conover cars

January 14, 2011

A two-week larceny string in Conover continues as thieves snatch valuables from unlocked vehicles.
The larcenies started in early January and occurred mostly in the southeast and northeast quadrants of the city.
The latest incident reports from Conover reveal the larcenies continued through Thursday, when at least six reports were filed. Brewer thinks the same people are responsible for all larcenies.
"We've had some past experience with these people," Brewer said.
The first string of larcenies was reported Jan. 3, and a second string happened Jan. 14-16.

Crash flips car

January 14, 2011

Several people were injured Friday after a crash on Northwest Boulevard in Newton left one vehicle flipped upside-down.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. in front of the old Harris Teeter building.
Newton Police officers confirmed more than one person involved in the crash was transported to the hospital, but victims' names weren't released on the scene.
One car involved in the crash, a Honda Civic, was flipped on its front windshield, scattering glass yards away from the point of impact.

High school sporting events rescheduled

January 14, 2011

After the toll that inclement weather has taken on prep sports in the area, the schedule has been worked out for many of those postponed games.

As of press time, four basketball games have been set for Saturday.
Also scheduled for Saturday are three wrestling matches and one swim meet.

Games, matches and meets scheduled for Friday have also been moved.
Here is the updated schedule:

Saturday

Basketball
Hickory at St. Stephens, 1 p.m.
West Caldwell at Bunker Hill, 2 p.m.
Newton-Conover at South Iredell, 2 p.m.
Maiden at East Burke, 4 p.m. (varsity only)

Wrestling

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January 14, 2011

David Ray Eidson, 68, of Newton, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at his residence.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Eidson family.

Jacob Shuford Sr., 83, died Jan. 11, 2011.  Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is serving the Shuford family.

January 13th

Experiencing Growth: YMCA’s sports participation increases

January 13, 2011

From last year’s winter sports to this year’s, participation in both basketball and indoor soccer has grown. This is especially true for basketball.
“I’ve only been here a year,” said Paxton Tallent, Sports Director at the Shuford YMCA. “I started at the midpoint of basketball season last year. We maybe had 50 kids. We are up 60 kids. We are up a couple in indoor soccer as well.”

The waiting game: Coaches handle balancing act, while players await their next games

January 13, 2011

The calm usually comes before the storm, but this week, it has been after.

With the recent weather delays and time between high school games, matches and meets, many athletes have found themselves benched for the moment.

That shouldn't be for long though. By next week, players may see a slew of competition to make up for time lost during this entire week.

Some coaches already had a plan for their athletes during the breaks given due to winter weather.

N-C girl's basketball coach Jonathan Tharpe said he feels these breaks as a beneficial opportunity for his team.

Snow causes calendar dilemma

January 13, 2011

Area students enjoyed an extended break from school this week because of icy conditions in the county.
For some students, that break keeps growing.
Catawba County Schools and Hickory City Schools canceled classes for Friday.
CCS staff have an optional teacher workday, and staff members are asked to use discretion when arriving at school Friday. HCS staff have an optional teacher workday Friday on a two-hour delay.
School officials are now faced with the task of scheduling those makeup days into an already packed school calendar.

There is 'Room at the Inn'

January 13, 2011

Snow continues to melt in Catawba County.

But every night, as the sun sinks down and the cold sets in, there are people who have nowhere to go.

These homeless men and women face potentially life-threatening temperatures when they spend the night exposed to the elements, and that's a problem one Newton church won't let continue.

First Presbyterian Church, on North Main Avenue, offers its Room at the Inn program for people who don't have a warm, safe place to spend the night.

Friday, January 14, 2011

January 13, 2011

Rimer Wade Baird, 97, of Lincolnton, died Jan. 12, 2011, at Brian Center of Lincolnton.  A memorial service will be held at Riverview Baptist Church in Lincolnton at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, followed by burial at Riverview cemetery.

Phyllis Weathers Killian, 71, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at Brian Center East in Hickory.
A service of remembrance will be held at a later date.

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