March 22nd, 2012
The following Catawba County residents were sentenced this week in criminal superior court for felony offenses.
* William Curtis Atwell, 38, of Conover, was convicted of felony attempted breaking or entering.
* Marcus William Beard, 35, of Hickory, was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and was sentenced to 25-30 months in the N.C. Department of Correction. Beard entered a plea after jury selection and during a state evidence presentation.
* Billy Joe Hahn, 20, of Hickory, was convicted of felony breaking or entering and felony larceny.
A Hickory woman accused of killing a father and son riding a motorcycle was indicted on charges of second-degree murder.
A grand jury handed up the indictment against Amie Jo Skeens this month.
Investigators say Skeens crashed into two motorcycles last October, killing 19-year-old Kevin Moody and his father, 42-year-old Stephen Moody. The men were together on one motorcycle; two other people were injured.
Police say Skeens drove away but was later arrested. Court documents state she initially denied being behind the wheel, saying "crackhead zombies" were driving the van instead.
Science lessons at Maiden Elementary delivered space to students during â€śMars Madnessâ€ť this week. Get more details and see pictures of students space adventure in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Senior citizens are playing volleyball and staying active in other ways during Seniors Morning Out.
Volunteers and supplies are sought for â€śOperation Stand Downâ€ť to benefit homeless military veterans. Find out how to help in The O-N-E.
The tandem of freshman Olivia Holmes and junior Macy Franklin was lethal on the soccer field Wednesday.
The duo scored five of St. Stephensâ€™ six goals, earning the Lady Indians a conference rivalry game victory against Fred T. Foard, 6-1, in Hickory.
â€śWe looked like a pretty good team tonight,â€ť said Indians coach Chuck Davis. â€śWe put our passes together well and finished. It took us a little while to take a shot, but once we did, it was nice.â€ť
St. Stephens (6-1-1, 2-0-0) raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead behind Holmes and Franklin.
Fred T. Foard improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A with a victory on the softball field Wednesday against St. Stephens in Hickory.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first. Following her double, Ashley Oliver scored later in the inning on a throwing error at first base.
Centerfielder Addie Bolick made it a 2-0 Foard lead in the top of the fourth.
Bolick doubled and advanced twice on passed balls, including a run scored at home plate.
Bolick scored again in the top of the sixth inning, when teammate Rebecca Rowe drove her home on an RBI double.
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall is out of his cast following surgery on his broken right wrist.
In a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Marshall's father Dennis said his son is wearing a removable splint now. Marshall said on Twitter he had shed the cast earlier in the afternoon.
Dennis Marshall said it was still too early to know if his son could play against Ohio on Friday in the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in St. Louis. He said his son "hasn't been ruled out, but not cleared to play either."
A Maiden Elementary School classroom went live on Wednesday with the Discovery Channel.
Students in Aleshia Abernathyâ€™s fourth-grade class all participated in a live episode of Discovery Educationâ€™s Seasonal Science Stream that is broadcast to more than 30 classrooms throughout the nation and around the globe.
The monthly stream is sent out live to classrooms as an educational aid that aims to blend interactive, hands-on activities with digital, pre-recorded slides, said Brad Fountain, director of instructional implementation for Discovery Education.
Under the arched roof of First Presbyterian Church on Main Avenue, a group of Newton seniors bounced around a large yellow balloon.
It was a game of improvised volleyball â€” one of the many good-fun competitions and activities that some Seniors Morning Out (SMO) members participate in five days a week.
On Wednesday, Newton SMO coordinator Robin Curtis tossed the balloon into the group, and they slapped it around a bit. Some of the seniors floated the â€śvolleyballâ€ť up into the air, but most rocketed the balloon across the room, smacking one another in the face.
Thieves stole 950 pennies Monday night from a convenience store in Catawba.
Police say unidentified suspects broke into the Bunker Hill Exxon in Catawba and stole $9.50 worth of pennies. The thieves did not steal anything else, according to a Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office incident report.
The crooks cut a telephone line, damaged an alarm box and broke an exterior glass window for the $10 heist.
The incident is under further investigation, according to the report.
Other incidents reported in Catawba County include:
Donations of time, money and supplies are needed for an April event that will provide a variety of care for the region's homeless veterans.
Veteran organizations, medical personnel, social service representatives and community leaders from the Hickory area will hold a â€śStand Downâ€ť event to provide services for homeless veterans, needy veterans and any other community members in need of help April 20.