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February 6th, 2012

Bandys' Beatty 3-peats as CVAC's top swimmer

February 7, 2012

For the third-straight season, a Bandys girls swimmer is the best in the Catawba Valley 2A.

Senior Michaela Beatty, who placed in the top three of each of her individual events Saturday at the 2A regionals, won the 2012 CVAC girls swimmer of the year. She claimed the award in 2010 and 2011 as a sophomore and junior, respectively.

Beatty is the only girl from a Catawba County school represented on the CVAC’s all-conference teams.

Joining her as All-CVAC are Draughn’s Haley Brinkley, Emily Farris, Alexis Lynn, Elizabeth Phillips and Karoline Pittman.

Indicted attorney's case delayed

February 6, 2012

The extortion and obstruction of justice case involving ex-district attorney candidate Shawn Clark was delayed Monday after lawyers sought to resolve an “administrative issue” in the case.

Clark, a defense attorney based in Hickory, is accused of issuing threats and false affidavits to cover up an alleged sexual relationship with a former client, Tiffany Turnmire, in 2009.

The charges against Clark surround a series of alleged incidents that occurred a few months prior to Clark’s May 2010 district 25 attorney primary race against incumbent James C. Gaither Jr.

Catawba County sports this week

February 6, 2012

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Bandys basketball vs. East Burke
Bunker Hill basketball at Maiden
Maiden basketball vs. Bunker Hill
N-C basketball at South Iredell
St. Stephens basketball vs. Hickory (Senior Night)
L-R golf at Outback Intercollegiate tournament
L-R baseball at Belmont Abbey, 2 p.m.
Enka at Fred T. Foard wrestling, 6 p.m.
St. Stephens at North Iredell wrestling, 6 p.m.
Ashe at Newton-Conover wrestling, 6 p.m.
Bandys at Thomasville wrestling, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
L-R basketball at Wingate (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Maiden council fills vacancy

February 6, 2012

Maiden appointed a new member to its town council Monday night to replace Howard Ervin, who resigned unexpectedly last month.

In a 3-1 vote, the council appointed Trina Michael.

Michael, a registered nurse at Graystone Ophthalmology, has attended nearly every council meeting for the past two years.

“I’ve lived all my life in Maiden, and I have a great interest in the town,” she said. “I want to represent my community well.”

BREAKING: Rock Barn-area residents evacuated

February 6, 2012

Emergency personnel are evacuating some residents in the Rock Barn area of Conover due to a gas leak, according to Catawba County emergency communications.

At 7:30 p.m., a communications worker said no additional information about the leak and its affect on residents is currently available.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 6, 2012

Margaret Louise Hines Keever, 87, of Conover, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center.  The Keever family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.

Mary Helen Hendrix Martin, 85, of Hickory, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory in Hickory is serving the family.

Claremont, Conover share ideas

February 6, 2012

Conover and Claremont officials met Monday with no agenda.

Rather, the two cities gathered for a special, informal meeting to enhance relationships and grow ideas.

The cities, separated by mere miles on U.S. 70 and Interstate 40, have always shared resources and infrastructure.

Now, officials say that partnership is more important than ever.

“If we could share costs and services, it would cost us less and provide better resources,” said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan. “There are always things we could partner together with.”

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

February 6, 2012

Sunday, Feb. 5
L-R baseball at Mt. Olive, 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6
L-R golf at Outback Intercollegiate tournament

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Bandys basketball vs. East Burke
Bunker Hill basketball at Maiden
Maiden basketball vs. Bunker Hill
N-C basketball at South Iredell
St. Stephens basketball vs. Hickory (Senior Night)
L-R golf at Outback Intercollegiate tournament
L-R baseball at Belmont Abbey, 2 p.m.
Enka at Fred T. Foard wrestling, 6 p.m.
St. Stephens at North Iredell wrestling, 6 p.m.
Ashe at Newton-Conover wrestling, 6 p.m.

Newton will keep compost facility open

February 6, 2012

Newton is planning to invest about $24,000 in its compost facility, but elected officials say that one-time investment is better than spending up to $10,000 a year to haul leaves and brush to the county's landfill.

February 3rd

Turner’s last-minute shot lifts Tigers past Indians

February 4, 2012

Chaos ensued at Corpas Gymnasium on Friday, as Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens collided in a contest befitting a rivalry.

Foard junior Jordan Turner saluted his fellow upperclassmen by making a lay-up with 15 seconds to go, lifting the Tigers to a nail-biting 45-43 victory Friday against St. Stephens on “Senior Night."

Turner scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter, including the last-second bucket to give Foard (13-9, 3-8) the victory.

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