March 20th, 2012
A group of south Newton educators constructed a spelling bee win Tuesday night. They also built support for local education programs in the process.
South Newton Elementary School's "Under Construction" team won the Newton-Conover Education Foundation's (NCEF) annual Red Hot Spelling Bee, out-spelling a variety of school, business and civic-organization teams from across the community.
The event supports education programs in the Newton-Conover community.
This photo of Allen Hang eating a MoonPie is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Hang and other Catawba Valley Community College students participated in a MoonPie-eating challenge on March 14 to celebrate Pi Day.
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School superintendents can rest easier after county commissioners say they intend to fund multiple construction projects for facilities in desperate need of repair.
On Monday night, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners approved two â€śletters of intentâ€ť for funding for Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.
The letters of intent assure the school systems they will receive funding for the projects, even before the countyâ€™s 2012-13 fiscal year budget is finalized.
Area residents can safely dispose of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals in Conover this week.
Conover Police Department (CPD) will host Operation Medicine Drop on Thursday and Friday near downtown. The event is part of a statewide effort through North Carolina Safe Kids, an organization that seeks to prevent accidental injuries in children.
Conover has hosted the event the past several years, along with 150 other law enforcement departments across the state.
â€śItâ€™s been a pretty good turnout at our recent events,â€ť said CPD Lt. Mark Stump.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reported the recent incidents and arrests.
* Thieves in Claremont broke into a motor vehicle and stole a rear-window lock off a 1987 Dodge truck.
* Two handguns were stolen from 2852 Rosemont Court in Newton. The firearms were worth about $610 total.
* At 3967 Section House Road in Hickory, thieves broke into a house and stole $2,178 worth of tools. A generator, air compressor, three saws and a 24-volt drill were also stolen.
A Conover man broke into a home, wrecked his get-away vehicle and then found himself in jail overnight Monday. Details in the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.
The Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) not only helps create jobs in Catawba County, the product development and testing company helps businesses around the world.
As work is underway for a new MSC facility on the campus of Conover Station, The O-N-E explores the company and what it does.
Volunteers are sought for a community garden that will grow and harvest produce to help benefit Catawba County residents in need.
Down 2-0 early against Draughn in its singles matches on Monday, the Bunker Hill tennis team rallied behind the play of Stefan Gettys, Braxton Williams and Nick Lee.
The trio, who each fell down a set in their singles matches, came from behind to win the second and third sets, clinching three victories and helping the Bears pick up the 6-3 CVAC win over the Wildcats.
Peter Harrill shot a 73, while teammates Frankie Wyatt and Austin Lackey fired a pair of 75 rounds to lead Hickory to a Northwestern golf match victory on Monday at Catawba Country Club.
The Red Tornadoes shot 302 as a six-person team, finishing three strokes ahead of Alexander Central.
The Cougars' Alex Rhyne earned medalist at the 18-hole match, shooting a 68, which was the only round carded in the 60s.
St. Stephens came in fourth place with a team score of 311, five strokes behind third-place Hibriten. The Indians were led by Austin Russell, who shot a 76.
CHARLOTTE â€” Jrue Holiday had 20 points and six assists as the first-place Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 105-80 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak and sweep the three-game season series between the teams.
Holiday, coming off a career-high 30 points in Saturday's night loss at Chicago, was 8-of-13 shooting from the field and made all four shots from the free-throw line.
Doug Collins said before the game the key to snapping the losing skid was to get a more balanced scoring attack from his players and he got just that.
Bobby Lee Fulbright, 72, of Claremont, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Fulbright family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Wilma “Dusty” Dills Hardwick, 61, of Claremont, died Friday, March 16, 2012 unexpectedly at her residence. The Dills family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.