Archive - May 2012 - News Article
Fred T. Foard defeated North Iredell 2-0 Friday night to clinch the 3A West Regional softball title.
The Lady Tigers plated two runs on a sixth-inning homer by Ashley Oliver in the victory, Foard's second over North Iredell in as many nights.
Foard now faces C.B. Aycock or Western Alamance in a best-of-three state championship series June 1-2.
Church congregations from across the nation are cancelling Sunday services and heading to Newton to protest local pastor Charles Worley.
Organizers of a demonstration against Worley’s anti-gay comments say at least 1,500 people will protest at the Catawba County Justice Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
For the second time in two years, Newton is without a street sweeper after fires rendered the equipment useless.
Now, city leaders are hoping to invest $40,000 into a replacement so Newton can comply with state and federal stormwater control rules until a new street sweeper can be bought in 2014.
Claremont is accepting applications for the inaugural P.J. Stanley Memorial Scholarship.
The city organized the scholarship after the passing of former Claremont city councilman, police officer and rescuer James â€śP.J.â€ť Stanley.
Stanley, who was a 30-year veteran of the Claremont police department and rescue squad, died Sept. 21, 2011, after a short battle with leukemia.
The following citizens were convicted of felony offenses in Catawba County court this week:
* Brian Todd Hieb, 41, of Sherrills Ford, was convicted of felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired and was sentenced to 94-122 months in the Division of Adult Correction.
Citizens across Catawba County and the nation are sharing their thoughts on Pastor Charles Worley's anti-gay remarks during a May 13 sermon at Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden.
If you haven't heard the remarks, a YouTube video clip is included below.
What are your thoughts on Worley's comments? Share now by voting in the latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.
Newton-Conover City Schools hired a new football coach Thursday morning.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met at 7:30 a.m. to consider approval of the hire of Brint Russell as P.E. coach at Newton-Conover High School. He'll be the new football coach for the Red Devils, replacing Nick Bazzle who left for Alexander Central earlier this year.
Police think they may have caught the man responsible for the thefts of $60,000 in copper wiring from an abandoned Conover plant in recent weeks.
Within the past month, there have been multiple copper cable larcenies at an abandoned manufacturing plant near 405 Wortha Herman Road Southwest in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office recently reported the following arrests and incidents.
* Arlette Nicole Forrester, 41, of Denver, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault. She washeld on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
Leaders of a planned protest against Maiden pastor Charles Worley are scrambling to find a place to demonstrate just two days before thousands are expected to descend on Catawba County.