November 6th, 2014
Polls across the state closed Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., marking the close of the election and leaving candidates and citizens alike on the edge of their seats awaiting results. Despite a few technical difficulties with the State Board of Elections' reporting website, all precincts had been tallied and recorded by about 11 p.m.
North Carolina voters set record numbers on Election Day this year. Midterm voter participation reached an all-time high with 43.99 percent of registered voters casting their ballot.
Alan Esperilla gave a speech to his teammates during warm ups before Wednesdayâ€™s third-round boys soccer playoff game against Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA).
â€śI told them we either survive as a team or we all die as an individual,â€ť said Esperilla, who was quoting a YouTube video he watched of JĂĽrgen Klinsmann, head coach of the United States menâ€™s national soccer team.
For one year, the Fred T. Foard boys soccer team had to swallow a painful, snowy loss to Marvin Ridge in the 3A West Region finals.
On Wednesday, the Tigers were able to redeem themselves on the foot of senior midfielder Logan Winstead.
Foardâ€™s Kevin Carrillo found Winstead for a goal in the first half, and the Tigers defense held strong in a 1-0 victory against the Mavericks.
Ray Junior Kiziah, 70 of Newton died Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Kiziah family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton-#828-464-1555.
Maxine Wilkinson Bumgarner, age 78, of Maiden passed away Monday, November 03, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Bumgarner family.
As Election Day continued to progress, Newton and Conover voting precincts steadily saw voters.
â€śI think that there are a lot of things on the ballot that people are concerned about,â€ť said Northside Fire Station precinct worker Sue Laney. â€śWeâ€™ve had a lot more traffic than usual.â€ť
An air of excitement flooded the top floor of Blue Moon Tavern in Newton as the final ballots were counted in Catawba County. Local Republican candidates gathered there Tuesday evening to watch as the unofficial election results brought victory for many in attendance.
House Speak Thom Tillis has defeated incumbent Senator Kay Hagan for the 2014 U.S. Senate election in North Carolina.
A season ago, the Newton-Conover boys soccer team made four shutouts against their opponents.
This season on the pitch, the Red Devils have recorded 15 shutouts in 23 games.
Newton-Conover aims for another one tonight when they host Central Academy in the third round of the 2A playoffs.
The Fred T. Foard boys soccer team has a rare chance at redemption tonight when it hosts Marvin Ridge in the third round of the 3A playoffs.
The Tigers (19-5-2) played the Mavericks (15-7-1) last season in the 3A West Region finals â€” a game that featured high-speed winds and cold rains turning into snow as the game progressed.