January 19th, 2012
Lenoir-Rhyneâs Stephan Arcieri has been named a âPlayer To Watchâ in the Southeast region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The designation is part of the 2012 NCAA Div. II ABCA/Rawlings Preseason All-American Team.
Arcieri, a senior outfielder from Roswell, Ga., finished third on the team last season in hitting (.350) while starting 45 of the squadâs 47 games.
Arcieri also led the team in hits (62) to go along with 12 stolen bases, 35 runs scored, three triples, 76 total bases and 26 runs batted in.
At least 11 people died and more are missing after the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed into a reef off the coast of Italy.
The crash was the most recent disaster in a history of mishaps for the cruise industry.
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Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's reader poll on racism and discrimination in Catawba County.
Few things compare to the stateâs âGeoDomeâ theater. Â
Floating at about 20-feet tall and 50 feet in circumference, the mobile and inflatable dome is a theater inside a pod.
However, this theater doesnât showcase the newest hit comedy or major motion picture. It surrounds viewers with a scientific topic far more imperative â marine life and climate change. Â Â
Claremont citizens may observe constant smoke in the city beginning next week.
The smoke is harmless and part of an effort to eliminate ground and storm water from entering the sanitary sewer system.
Claremont will start conducting a sanitary sewer evaluation program next week, which includes smoke that will test sanitary sewer mains and house lateral connections for leaks and defects.
The testing will begin Monday and should be completed by Feb. 10, said Doug Barrick, Claremont city manager.
Video footage from campus surveillance cameras offered authorities no new information Thursday as they continue to investigate a report of a gunman at Catawba Valley Community College.
Police said a female CVCC employee reported a middle-aged white man holding a handgun in an East Campus parking lot about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. The employee said the man was wearing a backpack and had long, curly blonde hair.
CVCC locked down its east and main campuses Wednesday as law enforcement spent nearly four hours combing the college for the suspect.
As a toddler growing up in Chicago, Catherine LeFevers tried to understand the ancient art of origami. LeFevers grew up surrounded by art â her parents attended Art Institute of Chicago. A collection of origami books, published in 1959, was nestled among many stacks of art books.
LeFevers, 51, and a resident of Newton, still has these books.
âI was intrigued with origami but couldnât understand it,â she said. âI did fold paper as a child.â
Crisis was averted on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College, but a lockdown and evacuation of nearly 5,000 people from the schoolâs two campuses caused a lot of alarm in the Hickory Metro.
The O-N-E delivered news updates online throughout Wednesdayâs security threat online at www.observernewsonline.com and on Twitter @TheONENews.
Get a wrap-up of the dayâs details on the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Catawba Countyâs swim teams are preparing to compete in their respective conference meets, which start Friday in Valdese.
The Northwestern 3A/4A meet is Friday at 4 p.m. at the Valdese Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Catawba Valley 2A squads meet at the same location Saturday at 8 a.m. for their meet.
Last year, the two meets combined to crown four champions in different schools, including the East Burke and South Caldwell boys and St. Stephens and Draughn girls.
The Lady Indians will try to defend their crown, despite losing six senior swimmers to graduation.
Chris Nelson, head coach of the St. Stephens boys soccer program for two seasons, will step down Friday.
Nelson will become an athletic director in Colleton County, S.C.
He was offered the job Monday, accepted it and informed the players of his decision Tuesday.
âIâm resigning the teaching and coaching position at the end of this semester,â Nelson said in a phone interview.
The 27-year-old, who also assisted coach Chuck Davis with the girls soccer program at St. Stephens, directed the Indians to a 19-14-3 record during his coaching tenure at the school.
Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and Newton-Conoverâs wrestling teams remain among the top five teams in this weekâs dual team coaches poll.
The Tigers (22-1) lost first place votes in the latest poll.
They trail Orange by 26 votes, a closer margin than the last poll Jan. 4.
St. Stephens remains in fifth place in the 3A ranks.
In 2A, Newton-Conover remains in second place, trailing Piedmont, while Bandys remains slightly outside the top five.
3A coaches poll
1. Orange (18) 220
2. Foard (5) 194
3. Robinson 132
4. SW Randolph 48
5. St. Stephens 24