February 15th, 2012
One and one-third miles.
Itâ€™s the distance police say 9-year-old Asha Degree walked along N.C. 18.before vanishing 12 years ago.
Ashaâ€™s friends and family, bundled against the biting wind and cold, walked in Ashaâ€™s steps Tuesday.
Itâ€™s an 11-year tradition they wish could end.
â€śEvery time it snows or rains, I think about her,â€ť said Ashaâ€™s brother, O'Bryant Degree. â€śI wonder if sheâ€™s safe.â€ť
Newton has seen a recent spike in small businesses popping up throughout downtown.
In fact, there were seven small business openings within city limits in January alone, said Rob Powell, the city of Newtonâ€™s commercial development coordinator.
â€śThere are still a couple more that we are working with, but havenâ€™t opened up yet,â€ť Powell said â€śIt looks like next month will be pretty busy as well.â€ť
A Conover woman charged with child abuse had her bond reduced Wednesday, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte police say Ladonna Parlier, 26, was seen tampering with her infant daughter's intravenous line at Carolinas Medical Center earlier this month.
A judge reduced Parlier's bond to $12,500, $2,500 each for the five counts of felony child abuse she faces, according to the Observer.
Her bond was previously set at $137,500.
She has been ordered to not have contact with her 5-month-old child.
Basketball is booming in Newton's recreation department.
"Out of 31 days in January, we played 25 days straight, and we had no practices in our (Newton Recreation Center) facility," said Newton Assistant Recreation Director Carol Stiles. "There are 28 days in February, and we'll play 28. It is seven-days-a-week, and a lot of the coaches don't like it because they don't get to practice. Sometimes there are too many people in there, but we don't have any other space."
The story is similar for girls volleyball.
Itâ€™s Tuesday night, and Newton Martial Arts Soke Paul Langford is getting the senior division ready for class.
â€śEverybody get up, letâ€™s go,â€ť he said.
A handful of students of various ages and colorful belts dress, line up and start stretching.
For the most part, itâ€™s a normal Tuesday night for the veteran Newton group. However, the surroundings are different.
Newton Martial Arts (NMA) kicked its way into a new facility in 2012, giving the groupâ€™s instructors, students and parents more space and better amenities to practice their custom Teashikido style of Karate.
A Maiden resident is $250,000 richer after winning big in a state lottery game.
Mike Bollinger, of Maiden, won a quarter of a million dollars on a $1 Mega Millions ticket he purchased in Stanley on Friday.
His ticket was one of two that matched all five white balls in the Friday drawing, beating odds of more than one in 3.9 million. The other ticket, which is also worth $250,000, has yet to be claimed.
Bollinger, a police officer and EMT member, purchased the ticket at Beach's General Store on N.C. 73 in Stanley, according to information provided by the N.C. Education Lottery.
Maiden has a new football coach and both he and the â€śbiggest little football town in the worldâ€ť are expecting big things.
Find out more about Buddy King, as well as community and player reactions to the hire inside the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Catawba Countyâ€™s justice center was full of love on Valentineâ€™s Day. See The O-N-E to find out more this yearâ€™s rekindling of a Feb. 14 tradition thanks to the Catawba County Register of Deeds office.
Maiden High School's new football coach carries an extensive resume in the sport.
James "Buddy" King, a former longtime college offensive line coach, was introduced as the new head Blue Devil in a press conference Tuesday in the school's auditorium.
King served the past two seasons as offensive line coach at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina.
"I can't thank Mr. (Dwayne) Finger, Mr. (Jeff) Price, the school board and all of you for the opportunity we all have here at Maiden High School," King said in his first comments to the community.
Four days after falling to Hickory on the road in the regular season finale, dĂ©jĂ vu struck the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team.
The Lady Tigers (14-10) lost 72-48 Tuesday in a game that mirrored a 72-54 loss to Hickory on Feb. 10.
Trailing 27-25 at the half, Hickory turned up its defense, outscoring Foard 23-7 in the third quarter.
Foard coach Brad Mangum said the quarter made a huge difference in deciding the winner of Tuesdayâ€™s game.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats are hoping the return of point guard D.J. Augustin means the end of a dubious 15-game losing streak, the longest in franchise history.
The Bobcats (3-25) have lost 11 straight games with Augustin sidelined with inflammation in his right toe.