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County wrestling teams support paralyzed wrestler

January 13, 2012

Tragedy struck Dec. 3 for Alleghany High School senior wrestler Luke Hampton.

During a meet at Hibriten High School, attended by both Fred T. Foard and Maiden High Schools in Lenoir, Hampton charged an opponent during a match at his 182-pound weight class.

The 17-year-old’s life changed forever.

Breaking his C5 and C6 vertebrae by striking a padded wall, Hampton, then ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class, became paralyzed from the neck down.

The Hampton family immediately sought help. All of Catawba County’s prep wrestling teams answered.

Two-day auto show starts today in Hickory

January 13, 2012

The first-ever Carolina Auto Racing Show (CARS) starts today at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

The show, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., continues through Saturday. Admission is $10.

Former NASCAR owner and current engine builder Robert Yates will be in attendance today from 11 a.m. to noon signing autographs at the Roush Yates Performance products display.

With Horford out, Hawks rout Bobcats 111-81

January 13, 2012

ATLANTA — Before the Atlanta Hawks took the court, Joe Johnson whispered a message to teammates Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.

"We have to take ownership," Johnson said, "at both ends of the court."

Clearly, they were listening.

Smith scored 30 points, Johnson added 23 and Teague chipped in with 16, leading the Hawks to a 111-81 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night in Atlanta's first game without All-Star center Al Horford.

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