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February 26th, 2014

PREP NOTEBOOK: Wednesday's playoff schedule

February 26, 2014

Below is a look at Wednesday's prep playoff schedule involving Catawba County teams:

2A playoffs

Boys games
No. 29 Wheatmore (17-8) at No. 4 Newton-Conover (22-5)
No. 25 Lake Norman Charter (14-12) at No. 24 Bunker Hill (14-11)

Girls games
No. 15 West Wilkes (19-9) at No. 2 Bandys (27-0)

3A playoffs

Boys games

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

Paul “Pete” Henry Hollar, age 84, of Newton, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hollar family

Evelyn Sigmon Teague, 78 of Hickory, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Abernathy Laurels, Newton. Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Evelyn Sigmon Teague.

February 24th

Judge Robert Mullinax, Jr. seeking re-election

February 25, 2014

Twenty-Fifth District Court Judge Robert A. Mullinax, Jr. of Newton has filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh to seek re-election to his District Court judgeship when voters go to the polls during the 2014 election cycle.

The local native has served on the bench of the judicial district serving Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties since 2009.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Monday's playoff scoreboard

February 24, 2014

Below is a look at Monday's prep playoff scores involving Catawba County teams:

Girls basketball

2A playoffs
Bandys 88, Smoky Mountain 28
Lexington 77, Bunker Hill 63
North Surry 46, Newton-Conover 25
Surry Central 69, Maiden 49

3A playoffs
Crest 68, St. Stephens 48
Hickory 80, West Henderson 35

Boys basketball

2A playoffs

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February 24, 2014

Scotty Ray Shook, age 50, of Claremont, passed away on Feb. 18, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.

February 24th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Basketball playoff pairings

February 24, 2014

Below is a look at the first-round playoff match ups involving Catawba County teams:

Girls basketball

2A West playoffs
No. 31 Smoky Mountain (10-12) at No. 2 Bandys (22-0)
No. 17 Lexington (14-7) at No. 16 Bunker HIll (14-8)
No. 20 Maiden (13-9) at No. 13 Surry Central
No. 24 Newton-Conover (12-10) at No. 9 North Surry (16-6)

3A West playoffs

February 21st

Phone scammers are targeting IRS, customers

February 22, 2014

There is sophisticated scam that is sweeping the country, including residents in Catawba County.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reporting that scammers re calling people across the United States and claiming to be from the IRS.

Despite struggles, Indians' Marcus Conner thrives

February 22, 2014

Growing up with no father and a disabled mother, St. Stephens’ Marcus Conner has learned several tough lessons early in his life.

Despite his circumstances, the junior boys basketball player is thriving on the court and hopes to lead the Indians to a deep run in the 3A playoffs starting on Monday.

Conner’s father was shot and killed in Statesville when he was just 2 years old.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Complete tournament recaps

February 21, 2014

Below is a recap of both the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A girls and boys basketball teams:

Southern District 7


First-round scores
No. 1 Bandys 81, No. 8 West Lincoln 14
No. 2 Bunker Hill 64, No. 7 East Lincoln 15
No. 3 Maiden 45, No. 6 Lincolnton 35
No. 4 Newton-Conover 57, No. 5 West Caldwell 23


Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

William Stanley Fowler, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658

Phyllis Janette Walling Garrison, age 83, of Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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