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February 21st, 2015

PREP BASKETBALL: Playoff brackets are released

February 21, 2015

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has released its preliminary brackets for the state 2A and 3A basketball playoffs.

Below is a look at those brackets, which are currently being worked on or finalized:

2A boys brackets
No. 32 Bunker Hill (11-11) at No. 1 Smoky Mountain (22-0)
No. 25 Lincolnton (16-6) at No. 8 Parkwood (12-10)

February 20th

Eight are still alive in hunt for state wrestling titles

February 21, 2015

After one day of the 2A and 3A individual state wrestling tournament in Greensboro, there are eight Catawba County wrestlers still with hopes of winning a state crown.

NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch indefinitely

February 20, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In a stunning move just two days before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely on Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely strangled and beat an ex-girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future.

Future Catawba Valley Classic plans are finalized

February 20, 2015

Finalizing its 28th annual event, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Catawba Valley Classic committee set its sights on the event’s future on Friday.

Eight area high schools were presented checks, which each totaled a record $3,262.11, from their participation from the annual prep basketball tournament held in late December 2014.

Former Hickory standout eclipses 1,000 points at ECU

February 20, 2015

Former Hickory basketball standout Jada Payne reached an important career milestone on Wednesday.

The redshirt junior at East Carolina recorded her 1,000th career point,helping the Lady Pirates defeat Southern Methodist University, 67-53.

Postal truck hits old post office

February 20, 2015

The marquee in front of the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton suffered slight damage after a United States postal truck was clipped by a passenger truck on Wednesday afternoon.

The passenger truck, driven by Richard Coleman of Mooresville, was traveling east on E. A Street when he ran a red light, according to police reports. Coleman’s truck clipped the rear of the postal truck.

‘Legacy of Accomplishments’

February 20, 2015

Word spread quickly about the passing of long-time elected official Cass Ballenger on Wednesday.

Serving at local, state and federal levels, within 38 consecutive years in elected office, Ballenger never lost an election.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 9 Surprising Facts About The Oscars

February 20, 2015

February 19th

Senior sisters anchor Bunker Hill basketball family

February 19, 2015

Born only a few minutes apart, sisters Kayla and Kierra Garrett have been inseparable.

“When we improve together, I feel like we are a lot stronger,” Kierra said of her sister.

The two Bunker Hill senior basketball players are part of the program’s turnaround in the past few seasons, helping lead the Lady Bears to another successful winter campaign.

Former Senator Cass Ballenger passes

February 19, 2015

Former U.S. Representative Thomas Cass Ballenger, 88, passed away on February 18, 2015 in his hometown of Hickory, NC.

Ballenger represented the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina from 1986-2005. He was also the founder and former Chairman of the Board of Plastic Packaging, Inc., a manufacturing company with plants in Hickory and Forest City, NC.

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