April 6th, 2012
Claremontâ€™s Ray Ball sometimes spends up to 60 hours a week working for Claremont Fire Department, but he never gets a paycheck. Read more about the military veteran and dedicated volunteer's service to his hometown in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
The following residents were convicted of felony offenses and sentenced this week in Criminal Superior Court.
* Jody Lee Forbes, 30, of Hickory, was convicted of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, felony possess firearm by convicted felon and misdemeanor larceny and was sentenced to 19-23 months in the Department of Correction.
After he retired from competing in kickboxing and karate, Roosevelt Moss decided to give back the best way he could â€” teaching young people the sports he loves.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team moved back into the national rankings this week. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 23 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Div. II top 25 Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 37-10 on the season, and has won 15 of its last 16 games including eight straight contests.
The kickoff to the 20th season of Hickory Crawdads baseball was delayed on Thursday due to weather.
The 'Dads were scheduled to play at Kannapolis, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday with back-to-back seven-inning games starting at 6:05 p.m.
Longtime Newton-Conover High School head football coach Nick Bazzle accepted a job this week as Alexander Central's football coach.
Bazzle's successor at Newton-Conover will be the fourth head football coach in a new position when the prep season kicks off this fall.
James "Buddy" King will coach his first season at Maiden as he succeeds Brian Brown.
Joe T. Whitener, 91, of Conover, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A graveside service with military rites will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Conover City Cemetery, with the Rev. Lester O. Roof officiating.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
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Ray Ball is motivated â€” driven â€” by something unknown to most men.
Frankly, itâ€™s hard to tack down just â€śwhatâ€ť keeps him going.
Whatever it is, though, the city of Claremont is sure happy it exists.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s head coach for 13 seasons is leaving the Red Devils for the Cougarsâ€™ Lair.
Nick Bazzle was announced as the new head football coach for Alexander Central High on Wednesday.
â€śOur community will miss him,â€ť said NCHS principal Kevin Campbell.