February 6th, 2014
This word and its correct spelling marked the end of Thursday's Catawba County Schools District Spelling Bee, with Jacobs Fork Middle School's Brandon Kaminski winning for the second year in a row.
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The Newton-Conover wrestling team has a chance to make history on Saturday â€” again.
The Red Devils (51-1) rolled past SD-7 mate West Caldwell and powerhouse Thomasville on their way to a second-straight 2A West Regional championship and berth in the 2A state title match.
The Fred T. Foard wrestling team has a chance at its second-straight 3A dual team championship on Saturday.
The Tigers defeated Enka and North Iredell to advance to the final, which will be against Morehead on the road Saturday.
Below is a look at Thursday's prep sports scores across Catawba County:
Newton-Conover 75, Bandys 46
Bandys 87, Newton-Conover 34
Fred T. Foard 42, Enka 24
Fred T. Foard 42, North Iredell 30
Newton-Conover 48, West Caldwell 24
Newton-Conover 36, Thomasville 28
Carlleen Murray Wike, 85, of Newton, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Wike family is in the care of Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee, 828-465-2111.
Veteran Newton attorney Scott Reilly announced from the steps of the 1924 Courthouse on Wednesday that he is running in the upcoming election to unseat 25th District Attorney James C. â€śJayâ€ť Gaither, Jr.
During his tenure, Reilly has worked as a prosecutor, assistant district attorney and a defense attorney.
James C. â€śJayâ€ť Gaither, Jr., current District Attorney of the 25th Prosecutorial District, was elected in November of 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010.
Gaither confirmed to the O-N-E on Wednesday that he will be running for re-election. Filing begins Feb. 10.
Several athletes in Catawba County made a splash on Wednesday for National Signing Day.
Three athletes â€”Â Maiden's Alex White, Newton-Conover's Nick Baker and St. Stephens' Alex Roarke â€” officially signed their National Letters of Intent with Colleges and Universities during the day.
Billy Eugene Coley, 68, of Maiden, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at his residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
The battle over an ordinance on yard sales has finally come to an end.
The vote on the proposed ordinance didnâ€™t change at last nightâ€™s Newton City Council meeting from last monthâ€™s rejected 4-3 vote.
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