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February 21st, 2012

Newton water line work to begin

February 21, 2012

Work is scheduled to begin soon on Newton water line projects on South Brady Avenue from “N” Street to “K” Street and on South College Avenue from “K” Street to “I” Street.

Ronny Turner Construction Co., along with a subcontractor, will work within water easements and rights-of-way to install the new water line, according to a press release from the city of Newton.

The project is expected to be completed by July.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Feb. 21

February 21, 2012

State health officials say an outbreak of illness among diners at Harbor Inn seafood last month is being traced back to tossed salad.

More details in the Tuesday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise.

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is back in the news - he’s facing felony indictments for stolen property found at his home.

A 110-pound piece of history has been delivered to Newton-Conover High School. On Monday the school officially dedicated a piece of the World Trade Center destroyed on 9-11.

February 20th

Huskies eliminate Indians for second-straight year

February 21, 2012

New year. Same teams. Same result.

After falling to eventual 3A state champion Hunter Huss, 77-49, one year ago in the playoffs, St. Stephens was dealt the same fate Monday.

The Indians (15-12) fell behind in the second quarter and never caught up, losing to the Huskies (13-10) at home.

“(Huss) really came on late in the year it seems,” said Indians coach Murphy Post. “I think they are playing their best ball right now.”

Proving its right to be a playoff team, Saint took an 8-2 lead early in the ball game.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Story scores 41, 1,000th in win

February 20, 2012

Madi Story scored 41 points in Bandys’ 97-46 playoff victory over Central Davidson on Monday.
Story, who finished the night 17-of-23 from the field, also scored her 1,000th career point for the Lady Trojans (25-2).

Taylor Sigmon added a double-double for Bandys with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jesse Story pitched in 14 points.

Newton-Conover 82, West Lincoln 25

Behind 24 points from Shynese Whitener and 22 points from Taylor Petty, the Lady Red Devils advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Catawba native Lutz helps spark N.C. State Wolfpack

February 20, 2012

RALEIGH — Bobby Lutz and Orlando Early know the pressure facing North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried when he calls a play late in a tight game or tries to discern team morale after a tough loss.

The assistants have been there before as head coaches running their own programs.

With their experience on the Wolfpack bench, it's no coincidence the program is having its best season in six years. Lutz spent a dozen years as Charlotte's head coach; Early spent five years as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.

NCHS celebrates piece of history

February 20, 2012

Residents of Newton and Conover gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate a new piece of history in the community.

Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) recently received a 110-pound piece of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers that collapsed after planes hit them September 11, 2001.

NCHS dedicated the 9/11 artifact during a ceremony attended by military personnel, area leaders and community citizens.

"Today is not just about that artifact," said Tom Mentzer, senior naval science instructor and Navy JROTC commander at NCHS. "It's about remembering the lives that we lost."

Mayfield indicted on felony charges

February 20, 2012

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted on more charges Monday in Catawba County.

Mayfield, who was banned from NASCAR in 2009 after failing a random drug test, was indicted on three felony charges of possession of stolen goods and one felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

The offenses relate to stolen property found and sold from Mayfield’s residence between Nov. 16, 2010 and Nov. 16, 2011, according to the indictments.

Wednesday, February 21, 2012

February 20, 2012

Laura Alice Abernathy Goodson, 86, of Union Street, Maiden, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Goodson Family.

Loye L. Hefner, 85, of Conover, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
The family of Mr. Hefner has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory.

NCMS speller finishes fourth in regional bee

February 20, 2012

What a difference a letter makes.

Darvinash Chandra Mohan, an eighth-grader at Newton-Conover Middle School, came within one letter of winning the 58th Annual Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee on Monday.

With four spellers remaining, Chandra Mohan was the only speller to correctly spell his word. Spelling bee rules, however, required him to correctly spell another word to secure the championship.

Chandra Mohan misspelled "iridaceous," an adjective that describes a family of plants with swordlike leaves and showy flowers. He used an "i" in place of the "e."

Apple confirms plans for solar farm

February 20, 2012

Apple Inc. says it will build one of the nation’s largest solar arrays to power its Maiden data center.

In a brief update to its environmental impact report, Apple announced Monday that it plans to power the Maiden data center with the nation’s largest end-user-owned solar array and non-utility fuel cell installation.

Apple hinted in October 2011 that it wanted to build a solar array across from its data center, filing for an erosion control permit for more than 170 acres of land at 6028 Startown Road. In the permit, it described the project as “Solar panel farm A.”

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