April 10th, 2012
Police believe high gas prices have sparked a string of fuel larcenies from tractor-trailers in Conover and Claremont.
The two cities have been host to about five incidents of fuel larceny in the past three weeks, with the most recent theft being discovered in Conover on Monday morning.
Transportation officials are urging Catawba County residents to help in a statewide effort to reduce trash along roadways.
The spring 2012 Litter Sweep begins this weekend across North Carolina, as volunteers, city officials and state workers will all pick up trash on roadsides.
Nearly 350 volunteers will help build the Zahra Baker All Childrenâ€™s Playground this week in Hickory.
Businesses, municipalities and donors all helped the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club raise $200,000 for the playground throughout the past year.
Volunteers and staff will help construct the playground Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Police charged two men with attempted murder this week in relation to a March drive-by shooting that wounded a Hickory teenager.
Hickory resident Kasey Sims, 17, was rushed to the hospital March 31 after being shot in his right side near the intersection of N.C. 127 South and 2nd St. SE in Hickory.
CHARLOTTE â€” Wide receiver Steve Smith is now expected to finish his career where it began.
The Panthers have announced Smith has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season. There is also a team option for the 2016 season.
Nobody was injured in a late night shooting outside a Latino nightclub in Newton early Sunday morning, but there was a victim â€”Â a traveling taco truck outside Club Seniorial. Police say this isnâ€™t the first time club has been the site of a skirmish.
The two-time defending tournament champion Bears had their title defense and six-game win streak ended on Monday with a 11-5 defeat against the Warriors.
To read more of this story and more on the Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Leftfielder Chris Grayson belted a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to propel the Hickory Crawdads to the 4-3 road win against the Greenville Drive on Monday night.
CHARLOTTE â€” Jordan Crawford scored 20 points and Washington got 67 points from their reserves as the Wizards hammered the Charlotte Bobcats 113-85 Monday night in a matchup of the NBA's two worst teams.
Tuesday, April 10
Catawba Valley Easter Classic at Fairgrounds
Foard-Hickory loser vs. West Caldwell-Bunker Hill loser, 12 p.m.
Newton-Conover-South Iredell loser vs. Maiden-St. Stephens loser, 2:30 p.m.
Foard-Hickory winner vs. West Caldwell-Bunker Hill winner, 5 p.m.
Newton-Conover-South Iredell winner vs. Maiden-St. Stephens winner, 7:30 p.m.