November 2nd, 2010
Newton-Conover started the season with a loss to third-ranked Shelby. That loss turned into seven straight losses and eventually into losing its first 11 of 14. But that losing turned into winning late in the 2010 season and eventually led to a playoff berth in the 2-A West.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference with a 7-6-1 conference record, and they captured the conferenceâs last playoff spot.
Police confirmed Monday that the prosthetic leg found in Caldwell County belonged to a disabled child now missing for more than three weeks.
Hickory Police Department said in a press release they confirmed the prosthesis match using serial numbers on the leg.
Ten-year-old Zahra Baker lost her lower left leg to bone cancer. Zahra's hearing was also damaged during cancer treatment, forcing her to wear hearing aids.
To get a wireless computer lab up and running, Balls Creek Elementary students are doing some running of their own.
Students, faculty and volunteers raced around the school track Monday to raise money for a new computer lab in the school.
The project, called Laps 4 Labs, is designed to involve students in the computer lab fundraising process, while keeping them physically fit at the same time.
Students and members of the school's Parent-Teacher Organization were asked to find area businesses willing to donate to the school's goal of $10,000.
Brightly colored fall foliage is everywhere in Catawba County, but someone must clean up the leaves once they fall to the ground. Area municipalities offer leaf collection for residents, and each area's collection schedules, requirements and services are different.
The city offers curbside loose-leaf collection for residents. This year's collection routes, however, are different than previous years.
Lewis Andrew Webb, 77, died peacefully at his residence in Conover and went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Lewis Andrew Webb.
Debra Elaine Henry McLauchlin, 55, of Conover, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The McLauchlin family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Home and Crematory in Newton.
Nate Johnson made a transition from the beginning of the season to now. Johnson, a senior running back at Maiden, was used primarily for his speed at the beginning of the season compared to quarterback Matt Johnsonâs power.
That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.
âAt first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,â Nate Johnson said. âOver the weeks and weeks, Iâve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.â
Bandys put all the pieces of the puzzle together Friday in a 39-19 win over East Burke. The Trojans amassed 460 yards of total offense â 229 rushing and 231 passing yards, in the win.
âWe played a few good games against some good teams this season,â Bandys head coach Randy Lowman said. âIâm just happy we put it all together to get a win.â
Trojan quarterback David Barrow worked mostly in the shotgun formation and capitalized on spreading out the Cavalier defense.
South Iredell turned five Newton-Conover turnovers into 20 points and a Catawba Valley Athletic Conference championship as the Vikings conquered the Red Devils 32-28.
âFive turnovers. Thatâs about all I can tell you,â said Newton-Conover coach Nick Bazzle. âYou canât turn the ball over like that. It was too sloppy a game. I knew coming in that we just canât make mistakes, and we did, and it cost us.â
It cost Newton-Conover a perfect season and possibly cut into the Red Devilsâ chances for home-field advantage when the playoffs start after next week.
For many Lutherans in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the past year was spent deciding where they belong. After the synod approved homosexual men and women to become ordained pastors in ELCA churches while involved in a monogamous, same-sex relationship, some Lutherans stayed in the synod when others voted to leave.
While hundreds of churches decided to leave the ELCA after the August 2009 decision became public, other churches in the synod stayed.
Area churches took a stand and said âNoâ to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americaâs vote to allow ordained pastors to be in same-gender, monogamous relationships. Now they've formed a new synod, which they say, follows the âsacred scripture.â
When churches started leaving the ELCA, the North American Lutheran Church was formed and chartered Aug. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, there are about 50 churches that officially left the ELCA after two votes per congregation to leave and a dismissal from the synod council. Most of those churches joined the NALC.