Christmas activities highlight events this week in Catawba County.
Conover will light its tree downtown, Hickory will march its annual parade, an ensemble will sing Christmas tunes in Hickory and Newton senior adults will dance to a variety of music.
A chili and pottery fundraiser, bridge-building contest and several community information sessions also dot the schedule.
Read on for more details and pick up copies of The Observer News Enterprise throughout the week at county newsstands for the latest on events, breaking news, daily comics, opinions and more.
Law enforcement participating in a checkpoint for North Carolinaâ€™s â€śbooze it and lose itâ€ť campaign didnâ€™t have to look very hard to find one intoxicated motorist during the weekend.
He crashed right into the â€śBATmobileâ€ť in Newton early Sunday, and The O-N-E was first to report the bizarre drunk driving crash online at www.observernewsonline.com. See the story online this morning, and be sure to visit The O-N-Eâ€™s website throughout the day for updates as they become available.
Sports schedule for Dec. 5-11
Monday, Dec. 5
Newton-Conover basketball at Hickory
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Bandys wrestling at Alexander
Bunker Hill basketball at Fred T. Foard
Maiden basketball at St. Stephens
North Lincoln/SouthLake Christian/Hibriten at Maiden wrestling
Northwestern 3A/4A meeting at Lenoir-Rhyne
CVCC men's basketball at Caldwell CCTI
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Bunker Hill wrestling vs. West Caldwell/Queens Grant at WC
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.) - Temple vs. Wyoming, 2 p.m. on ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho) - Ohio vs. Utah St., 5:30 p.m. on ESPN
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, La.) - San Diego St. vs. La.-Lafayette, 9 p.m. on ESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.) - Florida International vs. Marshall, 8 p.m. on ESPN
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, Calif.) - TCU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. ESPN
A man crashed into a sobriety checkpoint early Sunday morning in Newton.
Police say a man driving a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro crashed into a mobile breath-alcohol testing unit, or BATMobile, about 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning in Newton.
The crash sent the driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was hurt in the accident.
Investigators believe that alcohol contributed to the wreck.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 Saturday night to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
The Tigers (10-3) clinched their first Orange Bowl berth since 1981, the year they won their only national championship. Clemson won't be playing for a national title this season, but the victory was still sweet considering they'd lost three of four games to close the regular season.
"We knocked down a lot of walls tonight," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
BOONE, N.C. (AP) â€” Warren Smith threw for three touchdowns and Maine held Appalachian State to 3 rushing yards in a 34-12 win Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Black Bears (9-3) dominated the ground game. Pushaun Brown rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries, including a 31-yard score, and David Hood romped 54 yards for a TD to finish with 88 yards on four carries.
Tied 39-39 entering the fourth quarter, the St. Stephens boys basketball team grinded out a 54-45 road victory against Bunker Hill on Friday.
Jordan James scored 19 points and Kerigan Farley pitched in 10 points to lead the Indians (2-2).
For Bunker Hill (0-4), Jason Setzer and Jordan McGinnis scored 10 points each.
St. Stephens played and up and down game, taking an early 17-11 lead before trailing at halftime, 33-29.
The Bears took their halftime lead thanks in part to six three-point baskets in the opening half, four of which came from Setzer and Colton Chapman.
Bandys 82, North Lincoln 65
Taylor Sigmon scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading Bandys (4-0) to the win against the Lady Knights.
Jesse and Madi Story each scored 16 points for the Lady Trojans, as well.
Bandys completed 19-of-25 free throw opportunities.
North Lincoln's Lauren Armstrong scored a game-high 21 points.
Fred T. Foard 58, West Lincoln 30
The Lady Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season with a victory over the Lady Rebels.
Amidst the growing community of Bethlehem and off the beaten path of N.C. 127 North, Bethlehem Branch Library offers an engaging blend of books and art.
The library, part of the Alexander County Library, opened five years ago on Rink Dam Road.
Through the efforts of the Bethlehem Branch Friends, the small library expanded last year and added a childrenâ€™s section.
Bud Caywood, president of Friends, Bethlehem resident, artist and poet, said the new area is called â€śthe gallery.â€ť