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November 11th, 2011

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Maiden advances over Polk County, 41-27

November 12, 2011

After giving up 27 first half-points to a potent Polk County offense, Maiden’s Blue Devil defense tamed the Wolverines.

Maiden’s defense refused to allow a second-half score while its offense piled up points on the ground, and the Blue Devils collected a 41-27 victory in Round 2 of the N.C. 2A state playoffs.

The Maiden win sets up second showdown with nearby neighbor Lincolnton. Lincolnton defeated Draughn 42-14.

“We haven’t won a playoff game in a while, and its good to go to the third round,” said Maiden coach Brian Brown.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Young runs Trojans to 26-0 win

November 12, 2011

Dominique Young dominated on the ground Friday.

The senior running back, who scored four times last week against Ashe County, reached the end zone three times Friday against the Smoky Mountain Mustangs.

His 28-carry, 152-yard rushing performance, along with a Bandys defense that gave up less than 100 yards of total offense, guided the Trojans to a 26-0 victory over the Mustangs. Bandys advances to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Things to do: Catawba County's week ahead

November 11, 2011

Catawba County residents have plenty events to choose from this week — from a "turkey toss" to gingerbread decorating, from a soapbox derby to a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

On Friday night, Bandys and Maiden will take the field in the third round of the high school football playoffs.

Some of the available events follow.

Monday
Tammy Wilson, public information officer for Catawba County Library, will read from her story collection, "Dining with Robert Redford," at 6:30 p.m. The event is free.

Monday, Tuesday

BREAKING NEWS: Blue Devils, Trojans advance

November 11, 2011

Bandys, Maiden and Hickory were in action tonight in the second round of the state high school football playoffs. Results are below. Return later for complete coverage of the Trojans and Blue Devils.

Maiden 41, Polk County 27, FINAL

Bandys 26, Smoky Mountain 0, FINAL

Burns 44, Hickory 14, FINAL

Community aids hungry, homeless

November 11, 2011

Through a variety of events next week, Catawba County aid organizations will raise awareness and fight against hunger and homelessness.

In the past 10 years, poverty has increased 77 percent in Catawba County, with nearby areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to data recently released by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

The struggling economy has also taken a toll on an area that historically employed manufacturers, farmers and laborers.

United we stand, salute

November 11, 2011

Standing side by side, Paul Gaither and Jack Little saluted an unfurled American flag on Friday at the veterans memorial in Claremont.

As the words of the "Star-Spangled Banner" filled the crisp November air, more than 100 people rose to their feet, too, during a ceremony to mark the day when the United States honors and remembers millions of American veterans.

Hickory traffic lights repaired after malfunction

November 11, 2011

Drivers throughout Hickory noticed numerous flashing traffic lights for about two hours near mid day Friday.

A malfunction with a recently updated traffic-signal system caused 30-40 signals to go into "flash mode," said Chuck Hansen, the city's public works director.

"It was along some of our major roadways, but not just one corridor," Hanson said. "They were spread about, not just an isolated area."

Affected signals flashed yellow in one direction and red in other directions beginning sometime after 10:30 a.m., Hanson said.

Signals were repaired by around 12:30 p.m.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Veterans Day 11-11-11

November 11, 2011

Thank you veterans.

The Observer-News-Enterprise is proud to salute the men and women who served in our nation’s military, and the Veterans Day newspaper features the next in a series of o-N-E stories focused on the military members who fought for our freedom.

Pick up a copy of The O-N-E on Friday, or visit www.observernewsonline.com to read the story of Billy Hoke’s service during World War II. Also inside The O-N-E, readers find a Veterans salute from Coast Guard veteran Robert Morrison.

WINNERS! The O-N-E announces Hometown Christmas winners

November 11, 2011

The holiday shopping season is here, and The Observer News Enterprise is rewarding area residents who support their hometown businesses.

As part of The O-N-E's Hometown Christmas program, Catawba County's community newspaper announced the first two $100 winners in the annual shop-local promotion.

November 10th

Equipment stolen at airport

November 10, 2011

Police are looking for suspects who stole more than $5,000 in equipment from a storage shed at Wilson’s Airport on Tuesday.

According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, unknown suspects stole motors, engines, wheels and other equipment from the Wilson’s Airport at 5284 Pittstown Road in Hickory.

Authorities say the items were probably stolen overnight and are still investigating. The items belonged to Claude Farris Wilson, 81, of Hickory.

Some of the items include:

* $1,000 — 60 horse power electric motor
* $500 — starter engine for a crawler tractor

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