February 9th, 2012
Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the schoolâ€™s first state wrestling champion.
Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils.Â
His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.
Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.
Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba Countyâ€™s wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs.Â
Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.
It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.
Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.
ATLANTA â€” North Carolina State is starting to feel like it can surprise some folks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After avenging last month's home loss to lowly Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack are ready to take on the big boys.
C.J. Williams scored 15 points, including a four-point play, and C.J. Leslie stepped up in the second half to carry N.C. State to a 61-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.
Counterfeit bills are circulating through Catawba County, and authorities say high school students are to blame for some of the fake cash.
Police say watermarks, serial numbers and security threads are among ways to determine the authenticity of a piece of money.
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Police say they expect a Conover man to file charges against a city council member's husband who allegedly hit him in the head during a council meeting this week.
Coy Lee Hester, of Morningside Drive in Conover, told police Kenneth Rowe Herman hit him in the head early during the Monday city council meeting. Herman is city council member Jan Herman's husband.
Conover failed to approve amendments this week that would have banned new churches, funeral homes, non-profits and other non-commercial businesses from locating in its central downtown district.
Conover City Council members voted 3-3 on the proposed amendment changes.
The proposed text amendments to the cityâ€™s Zoning Ordinance would have tweaked the permitted uses in Conoverâ€™s B-3 Central Business District.
More than 25 area dentists are providing free oral health care for children in need this month.
Health officials anticipate that more than 300 children will receive free restorative and preventative dental health services in February as part of the national initiative â€śGive Kids A Smile.â€ť
The free cleanings, sealants and dental exams started in Catawba County in 1994, said Cindy Walker Sigmon, public health dental hygienist for the N.C. Oral Health Section that serves Catawba County.
Heather Jo Heavner, 30, of Newton, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at her residence. The Heavner family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Fake money is causing a real problem throughout Catawba County.
Counterfeit $10 and $20 bills are appearing in nearly all of the countyâ€™s municipalities, and some of the funny money is being traced back to high school students.
How do you identify counterfeit bills? More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Catawba County is home to 240 of the stateâ€™s sex offenders, and mobile device users can pinpoint exactly where those people live thanks to a new application.
CHAPEL HILL â€” Harrison Barnes shook off his nagging ankle injury and a series of undersized defenders to help No. 5 North Carolina take charge in the second half. He just couldn't finish off No. 10 Duke.
Barnes scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime for the Tar Heels in their 85-84 loss Wednesday night. Barnes, who sprained his left ankle against Wake Forest last week, missed all four of his shots in the first half but went 8-for-12 in the final 20 minutes.