March 9th, 2012
A school reading competition and college information night, Lenten services and county Republican events highlight things to do this week in Catawba County.
For more on those events, read below. For updated events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise from Tuesday-Saturday at newsstands throughout Catawba County.
Friends of Catawba County Library will meet at 11 a.m. at the Main Library to discuss sponsorship of library programs and purchase of new materials. All members are welcome to attend.
At least 26 people have applied to be Catawba County Schoolsâ€™ next superintendent, the system's attorney confirmed Friday.
The deadline for applications was Thursday, but the school system may continue to receive applications postmarked in a timely manner, said CCS attorney Crystal Davis.
â€śWe actually have a meeting scheduled for March 14, and that will be closed session, where the board will receive the applications,â€ť Davis said. â€śThey will begin to review them.â€ť
Davis said she could not specify where applicants were from or other details related to the applications.
â€¨Area judges convicted 22 defendants during the week of Criminal Superior Court held March 5-9 in Catawba County.
The following citizens were sentenced.â€¨
*Marcus Alexander Belcher, 19, of Conover, was convicted of felony common law robbery and felony second-degree kidnapping and was sentenced to a split sentence of 90 days active, followed by 30 months of supervised probation.
A Maiden man is in jail on a $125,000 bond after being found with nearly 200 Hydrocodone pills at his home.
Terry Lee Houston, 49, of 2348 Deerfield Drive in Maiden, was arrested and charged with trafficking opium or heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is being held in the Catawba County Jail.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies say a citizenâ€™s tip led them to Houstonâ€™s residence with suspicions that the felon had a firearm in his possession, said Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
Thieves stole computer equipment and a camera from Conover School overnight Thursday.
Police say suspects broke a window to a Conover School classroom early Thursday morning and stole a Dell computer laptop, Kodak camera, a computer flash drive and a red duffle bag.
The items cost a total of about $1,000, according to a Conover Police Department incident report.
No arrests have been made in connection to the event. Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said he thinks itâ€™s an isolated event and no other area schools have been targeted.
A student at Startown Elementary topped hundreds of entries from Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander and Burke counties to win the Catawba Valley American Red Crossâ€™ SevereWeather Awareness poster contest.
Meanwhile, the area Red Cross chapter continues deliver relief to Burke County residents affected by tornadoes in January.
Indictments for embezzlement have been issued for a former Maiden town employee and soccer coach for Maiden High School.
After dropping its past three softball games, St. Stephens received great play on the mound and timely double plays Thursday to knock off unbeaten Maiden, 3-1.
Up 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Lady Indians (2-3) dodged several potential tying chances by the Lady Blue Devils (5-1).
Maiden scored one run with one out in the sixth inning to cut its deficit to two, but a solid defensive play by the Lady Indians stopped the possibility of more Lady Blue Devil runs.
Taylor Rios and Liz Bell scored a pair of goals each to lift the Fred T. Foard soccer team past R.S. Central on Thursday, 6-0.
Caroline Durham and Ashley Jolly also scored one goal each for the Lady Tigers (4-1).
Foard's Hannah Skeen and Jennifer Montoya combined for the shutout in goal.
Bunker Hill 6, St. Stephens 2
Up one run heading after five innings, the Bears scored four runs in the sixth to distance themselves in a victory against the Indians.
Oliver Reitzel and Justin Aiken both scored two RBI each for Bunker Hill (3-2).
ATLANTA â€” Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points, including nine straight in a decisive 20-4 run to open the second half, and No. 8 Maryland ran past Wake Forest 82-60 on Thursday in the lopsided opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Ninth-seeded Wake Forest led 28-27 late in the first half before Stoglin's basket capped a 9-0 run that helped give Maryland a 36-31 lead at halftime. The Terrapins pulled away in the opening minutes of the second half.
March Madness is under way with the beginning of â€” and conclusion of some â€” college basketball conference tournaments.
The madness will kick into high gear at homes, schools and offices across Catawba County after the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament selection committee announces the "Big Dance" field of 68 on Sunday evening.
Will you participate in the madness, and how many brackets will you fill out for various pools and online contests? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.