October 25th, 2010
The Maiden Blue Devils and Salisbury Hornets are back at it this year. The Blue Devils and Hornets meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maiden in a rematch of the 2009 West region final in the 2-A tennis tournament.
Salisbury won the match 5-1 and went on to win the state 2-A dual-team title â€”Â its third in the past five years. The Hornets won team championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 during a string of five-straight trips to the title match.
Good deeds never tasted so good.
Many of the Foothills' leading chefs will gather Nov. 4 to cook up gourmet food for a good cause. The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be held at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover at 6 p.m. to promote the health of babies.
Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Foothills Division director, said proceeds from the event will be used "globally and locally" for research and education to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Anonymous donors gifted an area high school with a technology boost.
Bandys High School received 30 laptop computers, valued at more than $35,000, from anonymous benefactors.
"They asked us to come up with a wish list," said Bandys High School Principal Todd Black. "I thought, 'Wow, I'm almost ashamed to ask for something (that costs) that much.'"
Black said he knew Bandys High was in need of a technology upgrade, so he told the anonymous donors a new classroom set of laptop computers was at the top of the school's wish list.
Burgin Lee Laney, 90, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Laney family.
Elliott Lee Hendrick, 84, of Lincolnton, passed away Oct. 24, 2010, at his residence. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Sue Campbell Benge, 82, of Claremont, slipped the surly bonds of earth Friday, Oct. 22, to touch the face of God. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.
The father of a missing girl presumed dead was arrested Monday morning on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance.
Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, was arrested Monday about 3 a.m. at the Hickory Police Department. Libby Grigg, Hickory Police spokeswoman, said Adam Baker voluntarily submitted for an interview at the police department and was subsequently arrested.
Prior to his arrest, Baker picked up a family member at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to a press release.
The return of Matt Moore to Carolinaâ€™s starting lineup Sunday did two things. It revived the Panthersâ€™ sluggish offense, and it led the Panthers to their first win of 2010 in the first start of the third Matt Moore era in Carolina.
â€śItâ€™s huge,â€ť he said. â€ś0-5 is not fun. Guys loved it, and we just need to continue this.â€ť
Newton resident David LeFevers chalks his creation on the Court Square as 3-year-old Isabella Decoursey admires his handiwork.
"I never compete," said LeFever, who participates in Newton Merchant Group's annual ArtFest "Its for the kids. I am here to try to encourage them."
Some of those "kids" were among competitors in the event. Sixteen-year-olds Nicole Bender and Ricky Sigmon collaborated to create a double-tile chalkwork. Bender said her art teacher, Bunker Hill High's Sharon Bowman encouraged her to participate. The pair's Halloween-themed image won the pair a second place award.
With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its â€śown worst enemy,â€ť the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.
According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was â€śgut check time.â€ť
â€śAt halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,â€ť Johnson said. â€śIt was something we hadnâ€™t done all year, and we finally did it.â€ť
Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.
Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hillâ€™s 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.
â€śIf heâ€™s fired up, weâ€™re fired up,â€ť said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. â€śJust give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.â€ť
Newton-Conover characteristically got off to a slow start Friday against Draughn.
The Red Devils were called for two penalties on offense on the first series, including a touchdown run by Jervasse Herrin negated by a holding penalty.
They traded touchdowns with the Wildcats, and late in the first half Octavius Harden returned a kickoff 96 yards to break a 14-14 tie.