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March 26th, 2012

Train rams medical van

March 26, 2012

A train smashed into a medical-supply van on Monday in Claremont.

The T-Bone-style crash sent the driver of the van to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the train was forced to stop for several hours.

For more details, pick up the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.

State surveying teachers on working conditions

March 26, 2012

North Carolina's public school leaders want to know how to make teachers happy and how to improve learning environments across the state.

The state Department of Public Instruction is asking teachers to take a survey on their working conditions beginning Monday through April 20. Teachers can access the survey online at http://www.ncteachingconditions.org/.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

March 26, 2012

Monday, March 26
NWC golf at Orchard Hills (Alexander Central)
CVAC golf at Lenoir C.C. (West Caldwell)

Maiden softball vs. East Burke
Bandys softball at South Iredell
Bunker Hill softball at West Caldwell
Newton-Conover softball at Draughn

Maiden baseball vs. East Burke
Bandys baseball at South Iredell
Bunker Hill baseball at West Caldwell
Newton-Conover baseball at Draughn

Maiden soccer vs. East Burke
Bandys soccer at South Iredell
Bunker Hill soccer vs. West Caldwell
Newton-Conover soccer at Draughn

Bunker Hill tennis vs. Challenger

March 25th

Teen girls charged in cab driver murder

March 25, 2012

Two 16-year-old girls face murder and other charges in relation to the 2011 death of a Hickory cab driver.

Emily Starnes, of Hickory, and Consandra Tyree, of Newton, were arrested Saturday and charged with murder and robbery.

The girls join three men between 18 and 22 years old charged in the death of cabdriver Adam Williams in Hickory last summer.

Starnes and Tyree are in the Catawba County jail.

March 23rd

Catawba County's week ahead

March 24, 2012

Community support events abound this week in Catawba County.

Events include fundraisers for a variety of organizations and residents.

On Saturday and Sunday, several organizations will sponsor Easter egg hunts.

For more details on these and other events, read on. For updated events information throughout the week, pick up the print edition of The O-N-E.

Sunday
The Newton-Conover Community concert and jazz bands will perform a free show at Newton-Conover Auditorium at 3 p.m.

Sunday

Doug Miller steps down as Blue Devils’ coach

March 23, 2012

Doug Miller resigned Friday as the Maiden boys basketball coach.

Miller, who spent four seasons as Blue Devils coach, went 19-75 during his tenure, including a 9-15 record and a playoff appearance this season.

“When the season was over, stepping down was something my wife and I talked about,” Miller said. “I wanted to give it a month or two to see where I wanted to go with it, but I didn’t want to leave the school hanging. I didn’t want to drop off in the summer and have them scrambling for a coach.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday scores, postponements

March 23, 2012

Prep softball

Bunker Hill 10, Newton-Conover 3

The Lady Bears won a conference road game against the Lady Red Devils in Newton on Friday.

Courtney Adsit and Desirae Bebber both drove in two RBIs each to lead Bunker Hill, who improves to 3-1 in conference play.

Cierra Jones had two hits for the Lady Red Devils, who fall to 0-3 in the CVAC.

Kadi O'Shell pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and two walks, while striking out 10 Newton-Conover batters. N-C's Catherine Jones suffered the loss.

St. Stephens 14, Hickory 0

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.

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