March 15th, 2012
After being ranked as one of the worst places to find a job two months ago, the Greater Hickory area has notched another top 10 ranking.
This time, itâ€™s good news.
The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the nation for economic development in a recent report in Site Selection magazine.
The region ranked as the No. 9 performing metro area in the nation in announced economic development projects in the category of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 1 million people, according to the report.
More than 800 citizens shared their preferences for the next Catawba County Schools (CCS) superintendent, and the surveys reveal that the public and school personnel want a strong communicator with financial skills and administrative experience.
The CCS Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the results of a survey of what characteristics community members would like the next school superintendent to possess.
Read more about the survey results in Thursday's O-N-E.
After scoring no runs on a bases loaded situation in the first inning, the St. Stephens baseball team made sure it didnâ€™t make the same mistake twice.
Nine of the Indiansâ€™ 12 runs in their game with Newton-Conover came in the third inning.
The entire Saint line-up scored a run in that inning, which paced the team to a 12-4 non-conference win over the Red Devils in Newton on Wednesday.
Fred T. Foard improved to 6-1-1 with a 5-0 non-conference soccer shutout against East Burke on Wednesday.
Ashley Jolly scored two goals for the Lady Tigers, while Angelo Lo, Carmen Winstead and Adele Jarrett each pocketed a goal each. Taylor Rios assisted on one of Foard's goals.
Hannah Skeen picked up the shut out in goal, stopping two shots on goal by the Lady Cavaliers (0-4).
Bandys 1, East Lincoln 1
The Lady Trojans played to a stalemate with the Lady Mustangs on Wednesday in a non-conference game.
HOUSTON â€” Luis Scola scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 14 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets routed the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats 107-87 on Wednesday night.
Samuel Dalembert added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Hill scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Rockets, who've won two in a row after dropping six of their previous seven games.
Derrick Brown scored 15 to lead the Bobcats, who've lost 20 of 23 road games this season.
The following are recent incidents and arrests reported by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Samuel Shane Lowman, 17, of Claremont, was arrested on simple physical assault, simple non-physical threat intimidation and criminal damage to property (vandalism) charges. He was held in the Catawba County Jail on a $1,000 secured bond.
Alexander William Mcmickle, 41, of Vale, was arrested on a charge of assault on a female. He was held in the Newton Detention Center with no bond.
Annie Schell Propst Shook, 91, of Claremont, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Catawba County wants its next school superintendent to have strong communication skills.
That's what community members, and Catawba County Schools staff and principals indicated in a recent survey aimed at identifying important characteristics of CCS superintendent candidates.
"That's No. 1 for me, too," said CCS board member Sherry Butler.
You can say Luke Walsh was excited for math on Wednesday, but that might be an understatement.
Walsh, a math instructor at Catawba Valley Community College, was more like a radio DJ or club emcee, orchestrating CVCCâ€™s Pi Day Eating Challenge with a passion for mathematics and competitive eating.
â€śAll right everybody let me see your Piâ€™s,â€ť Walsh said. He held up three fingers â€” symbolic for the mathematical Pi equivalent of 3.14 â€” and waved his arm back and forth.
He drew a couple â€śPiâ€™sâ€ť from the CVCC student crowd.
â€śThatâ€™s all right, weâ€™ll get funky later,â€ť he said.
The man accused of assaulting a handicapped person during a Conover City Council meeting earlier this year appeared in court on Wednesday.
Ken Herman, 71, of Conover, is charged with assault on a handicapped person after allegedly slapping a Conover man in the back of the head prior to a city council meeting in February.
Hermanâ€™s case was continued on Wednesday until June 29, according to information provided by the district attorneyâ€™s office.
Police arrested Herman on Feb. 10, four days after allegedly assaulting Coy Hester at Conoverâ€™s Feb. 6 council meeting.