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March 23rd, 2012

Duke expects Austin Rivers' NBA decision next week

March 23, 2012

DURHAM — Duke expects freshman guard Austin Rivers to decide next week whether he will enter the NBA draft.

Team spokesman Matt Plizga said Friday that Rivers will discuss his future plans with his family this weekend, and an announcement on his future is expected next week.

The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers averaged a team-leading 15.5 points and was a unanimous selection as the ACC's rookie of the year.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 23, 2012

Shelva Jean Beard Spencer, 75, of Catawba, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Spencer family.

Hemeter “Bud” Harding Sigmon, 91, of Conover, died peacefully Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba County.  The Sigmon family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.

Pottery show grows

March 23, 2012

Over the past 15 years, the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival has turned into quite a show.

Vendors and visitors alike say it’s a “big deal” — one that drew out dozens of ticketholders nearly 10 hours before the doors to the Hickory Metro Convention Center opened Friday night.

Dr. Allen Huffman, the festival’s founder and director, said at least eight people waited in camper chairs for entry to the 7 p.m. gala show when he arrived early Friday morning.

“Everyone wants to get in, find their favorite potter and get it before anyone else does,” Huffman said.

Primary voting dates announced

March 23, 2012

Absentee voting for the May primary election is in full swing, and the deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching.

Citizens have until April 13 at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the May 8 primary election.

The absentee voting process for the primary began March 9, and the last day to issue or mail absentee applications is May 1, according to dates released by the Catawba County Board of Elections.

Community offers Saintly support

March 23, 2012

The St. Stephens community will support three high school students with cancer at a fundraising event, "Saint Strong," on March 31.

Three seniors — Evan Ford, Courtney Cook and Brandon Grant — are battling cancer.

For their stories and details about the Saint Strong event, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of The O-N-E.

Interstate closures to begin

March 23, 2012

Beginning Sunday, a Conover section of Interstate 40 East will close each night during replacement of an overpass.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close I-40 from exits 130-132 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly as crews replace the N.C. 16 Business bridge over the interstate.

During the interstate closures, drivers will detour onto U.S. 70 to Rock Barn Road and back to I-40.

Closures are expected to continue until April 5.

The $3.1 million bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, March 23

March 23, 2012

Citizens are going to war against litter, and Keep Catawba County Beautiful is delivering unique messages as a reminder of how trash affects area roadsides.

Look for details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and clever signs throughout Conover.

In Newton, city leaders have dedicated $100,000 in the budget for the year ahead to create engineering plans for a new fire department headquarters.

What other capital improvements will receive Newton investments in the year ahead, and how will they affect the property tax rate? Details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.

March 22nd

Foard falls to defending tennis champ Watauga

March 22, 2012

Fred T. Foard fell 9-0 at home to the defending conference champion Watauga on Thursday.

The Tigers (0-8, 0-5) were solid in doubles, including close matches with the teams of Russell Michaels and Samuel Hefner, and Jil Patel and Jacob Bechtol.

Watauga 9, Fred T. Foard 0  

Singles
Mike Smith (W) def. Jacob Stinson 6-0, 6-0; Harrison Battle (W) def. Jacob Bechtol  6-0, 6-0; Landon Taylor (W) def. Russell Michaels 6-0, 6-1; Chris Ludwig (W) def. Alex Lowdermilk 6-1, 6-0; Aaron Evans (W) def. Samuel Hefner 6-0, 6-0; Jackson Yeats (W) def. Jil Patel 6-0, 6-0.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Jones, Trojans top Blue Devils

March 22, 2012

Bandys won a battle of softball heavyweights in the Catawba Valley 2A on Thursday.

Breanna Jones drove in three RBIs on a 3-for-3 day at the plate, leading the Lady Trojans (4-2, 2-1) to the key 4-2 conference win against Maiden (8-2, 3-1).

Tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, the Trojans struck with two runs to take the lead for good.

After Bandys’ Scarlett Harris reached base on a single and Rachel Cox was hit by a pitch, Jones drove in both runners on her second double of the game.

The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning behind runs from Harris and Taylor Sigmon.

Round of 16 starts with upsets, big wins

March 22, 2012

 

BOSTON — Top-seeded Syracuse used a breakout game by the slumping C.J. Fair to advance to the East Regional final.

Below is a look at the semifinals and finals of the conference baseball and softball tournaments...
Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams: SD-7 baseball first...
The baseball and softball tournament brackets in the Northwestern 3A/4A have been released. Below...

 

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