February 17th, 2012
Millard Williams Jr., 77, of Hickory, died Feb. 16, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Williams family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory.
Loye Hefner, 86, of Conover, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum's Funeral Home in Hickory.
A host of defendants were convicted during the Feb. 6 week of Catawba County Criminal Superior Court, according to information provided by the District 25 Attorneyâ€™s Office.
The following area defendants were convicted.
â€˘ Phillip Owen Lail Jr. was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and was sentenced to no less than 25 months and no more than 30 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.
The city of Claremont is inviting citizens ages 60 and older to three free luncheons in the coming weeks.
The lunches, which will be held at the Oâ€™Cup Bean and Bakery in downtown Claremont, will give seniors a chance to socialize and give feedback to city officials, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.
â€śWe are trying to get their input on what Claremont is doing right and wrong as far as senior programs,â€ť Barrick said. â€śItâ€™s just trying to get some input on activities they would like to see in Claremont.â€ť
Tucked away inside a cornered room at the Catawba Rosenwald School, a handful of students are testing in silence. Itâ€™s almost quiet.
Skyler Jarvis slides the tips of his fingers along a clean sheet of Braille paper and moves down the page, line by line.
He is reading a story as part of a Braille Challenge, a national literacy competition that attracts hundreds of visually impaired students to qualifying centers across the nation each year. The N.C. Western Region qualifier was held in Catawba on Friday.
â€śHmm.â€ť Jarvis moves his fingers along a reading comprehension question.
When the Rev. Scott Johnson was a boy, a couple women at his Wisconsin church told him he'd make a good pastor.
Johnson tucked that thought away until his junior year in college. In the middle of nuclear engineering studies, he says he decided maybe those women were right.
"I got to thinking about what I wanted to do in my life," Johnson said.
"I thought 'maybe this course isn't God's plan for me.' They planted the seed."
The seed grew into a 25-year ministry career that led him to Conover.
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its High Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester.
The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for a GPA of 3.8 or better:
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester. The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for GPAs of 3.5-3.79:
Churches are victims of a burglary spree in Conover, but in most cases thieves arenâ€™t taking anything of real value.
They are ransacking offices and breaking windows, however, and police are warning citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
More details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
Thereâ€™s good news in the Denver area. The O-N-E was first to report details on a Chinese companyâ€™s plans to bring a north American headquarters to North Carolina along with at least 600 jobs.
With a balanced team effort and a strong third quarter, the Bandys girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Catawba Valley 2A championship game.
The Lady Trojans (24-1) knocked off East Burke (17-9) on Thursday to advance to their third meeting of the season against Newton-Conover (23-3) in Friday's CVAC girls championship game.
Following two East Burke three-pointers late in the first half, Bandys led by 10 points at the half, 38-28.
The Trojans immediately cranked up their defense to start the second half and out-rebounded the Lady Cavaliers 16-4 in the third quarter.
Behind a game-high 34 points from guard Clay Byrd, East Burke knocked off third-seeded Newton-Conover to advance to Fridayâ€™s CVAC championship game.
The Cavaliers (18-8) meet top-seeded West Caldwell (16-6) in the CVAC boys title contest.
The Red Devils (16-10) fell behind 8-0 early, committing seven fouls in the first quarter, including four offensive fouls.
N-Câ€™s Tyoun Shuford, who committed two of those fouls, powered his team back into the contest with a seven-point first quarter. The Red Devils trailed 15-13 after one.