John Herter and his daughter have a family tradition each Christmas season. They go out into their field of tall, green Leyland cypress trees and cut down a fresh tree to decorate in their home â sometimes even two.
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Fred T. Foard has vacated two boys basketball victories this season due to the use of an ineligible player.
Tigers Athletic Director Tom Harper confirmed the decision regarding the forfeits âÂ a 60-32 road win Nov. 18 against West Lincoln and a 74-30 home win Nov. 21 against Bandys âÂ on Wednesday.
The two vacated wins change Foard's boys basketball record this season from 5-0 to 3-2.
Below is a look at Wednesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bandys 63, St. Stephens 30
St. Stephens 67, Bandys 47
Private First Class Ivan James Rowe, age 21, of Hickory, NC, passed away November 27, 2014 in Illesheim, Germany. Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory is honored to be serving the Rowe family.
Rev. Pat Caswell Cloninger, age 85 of Newton, passed away November 30, 2014 at Lincolnton Rehab Center. A private burial will be held for the family at a later date.
If you hear the wail of a fire engine and see one of Newtonâs bravest tapping at the screen of an iPad inside, take comfort in knowing the firefighter is using the tablet to gather valuable information to better respond to the call. Thanks in part to a grant from FM Global, the Newton Fire Departmentâs vehicles all will soon be equipped with an Apple iPad loaded with lifesaving technology
Conover just became a little brighter for the season after the cityâs Christmas in the Park event on Tuesday evening. Event-goers were treated to hot chocolate, Christmas carols, hayrides, a visit from Santa Claus and the official âturning on the lightsâ for the community Christmas tree.
Conover Police Department will soon be adding another level of transparency to their department by investing in the use of body-worn video cameras.
âThis has a lot of pluses for us,â said Chief Steve Brewer. âWe can use to them to video evidence at crime scenes and itâs a way we can make ourselves more transparent to the public.â
Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bunker Hill 44, Fred T. Foard 26
St. Stephens 62, Newton-Conover 55 (OT)
Fred T. Foard 47, Bunker Hill 40
Newton-Conover 66, St. Stephens 58
Fred T. Foard 62, North Gaston 10
Fred T. Foard 76, Kings Mountain 0
Detroit (8-4) 34 vs
Chicago (5-7) 17
The Fred T. Foard wrestling team earned its first tournament victory this past weekend, capturing the championship at the Enka Air Force Jet tournament.
Of the Tigersâ 14 wrestlers, 13 of them placed in the top three in their respective weight class, including four champions.