April 30th, 2012
Billie Murphy Helms, 52, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at her residence. The Helms family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
A Georgia man pled guilty to dozens of charges Monday related to a 2011 crime spree that many locals refer to as the “Bonnie and Clyde” incident.
There was good news Monday for drivers in Catawba County, and throughout the Carolinas.
After rising for much of the year, gas prices in the two states dropped below levels reported a year ago.
AAA Carolinas reports that gas in North Carolina reached the benchmark on Monday, dropping to about $3.79 a gallon â€” about 2 cents less than April 30, 2011.
Hundreds of Catawba County students will take end-of-year tests during the next six weeks.
The countyâ€™s three school districts need help administering those tests, and officials hope community volunteers will serve as proctors.
A Catawba man was one of three injured early Saturday morning during a shootout at a Hickory gas station.
Jamar James, 31, of Catawba, was shot in the back about 2:15 a.m. Saturday during what police believe to be a gang-related shooting at the Hickory Quality Mart Shell gas station.
It appears the bank will maintain control of ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's foreclosed property in Catawba â€” for a price of $1.725 million.
Carolina Farm Credit owns the mortgage for Mayfield's property. The institution tendered the only bid for the property at a foreclosure auction Monday at the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton.
Monday, April 30
NWC golf at Cedar Rock CC (Hibriten)
CVAC golf at Rock Barn (Bandys)
Maiden baseball vs. Draughn
Bandys baseball at Bunker Hill
Newton-Conover baseball at West Caldwell
Maiden softball vs. Draughn
Bandys softball at Bunker Hill
Newton-Conover softball at West Caldwell
Maiden soccer vs. Draughn
Bandys soccer at Bunker Hill
Macy Franklin admits she can be a "loud mouth" at times on the soccer field for St. Stephens.
She said it's all for a good cause.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Down 2-0 heading into the seventh inning, the Lady Bears scored four runs in the seven for a come-from-behind victory against Maiden on the softball diamond.
Anna Williams delivered the game winning hit â€”Â a two RBI single that plated Desirae Bebber and Makayla Hedrick.
Bebber and Hedrick drove in one RBI each in the Lady Bears' comeback inning.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers picked up a 9-3 victory in the series finale against the Hickory Crawdads on Friday before 1,540 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
'Hoppers catcher Austin Barnes led his team by going 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and three RBIs.