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December 12th

Girl honored with Zahra playground gift

December 12, 2011

The story of Zahra Baker's death touched a father so much he decided to honor one of his daughters through a gift to a playground that will benefit all children.

Jim Shuford, president and CEO of Shurtape Technologies Inc., recently gave $25,000 to the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club for the Zahra Baker All-Children's Playground. He made the donation in honor of his daughter, 11-year-old Josephine Baker Shuford, according to a press release from the city of Hickory.

Police seek car thieves

December 12, 2011

Police are looking for thieves who stole a woman’s car outside Pinocchio’s Pizza in Claremont on Sunday night.

Claremont police say a man driving a 1996 Toyota Camry parked outside Pinocchio’s around 7 p.m. Sunday and went inside the restaurant, leaving the car unlocked and running.

When the man exited the restaurant minutes later, the vehicle was gone.

The car, which belongs to Monique Williams, 27, of Claremont, was located Monday afternoon on Swinging Bridge Road.

Maiden man airlifted after crash

December 12, 2011

A man was airlifted to the hospital Monday morning after his car collided with a tractor trailer on Thornburg Drive in Conover.

Conover Police say Caleb Clark Odell, of Maiden, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center after his Toyota pick-up crashed into a tractor trailer near the Food Lion on Thornburg Drive.

The wreck caused portions of Thornburg Drive to close in both directions temporarily. More details about the wreck were not available.

Catawba County sports schedule

December 12, 2011

This week's local sports schedule is full of prep action on the basketball court, wrestling mat and in the swimming pool.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Draughn at Bandys basketball
East Wilkes/St. Stephens at Bunker Hill wrestling, 5 p.m.
Bunker Hill basketball at East Burke
Fred T. Foard basketball at Watauga
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Mooresville (Mallard Creek), 4:30 p.m.
Maiden basketball at Newton-Conover
N-C wrestling vs. Ashbrook, 6 p.m.
St. Stephens basketball at Alexander Central
NWC swim meet at Hickory Y

Wednesday, Dec. 14
N-C swimming at Valdese

Catawba County's week ahead

December 12, 2011

Holiday events continue this week in Catawba County.
They include concerts, visits with Santa, a Christmas party for cancer survivors and a large distribution of holiday items to help the needy in the Greater Hickory Metro.

The week's events also include the discussion of a new photo book on Conover and surrounding areas.

For more on upcoming events throughout the week, pick up print editions of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout the county.

Monday-Tuesday

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

December 12, 2011

Monday, Dec. 12
No games scheduled

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Draughn at Bandys basketball
East Wilkes/St. Stephens at Bunker Hill wrestling, 5 p.m.
Bunker Hill basketball at East Burke
Fred T. Foard basketball at Watauga
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Mooresville (Mallard Creek), 4:30 p.m.
Maiden basketball at Newton-Conover
N-C wrestling vs. Ashbrook, 6 p.m.
St. Stephens basketball at Alexander Central
NWC swim meet at Hickory Y

Wednesday, Dec. 14
N-C swimming at Valdese
NWC swim meet at Lenoir

Thursday, Dec. 15

N-C wins second tournament, improves to 15-0

December 12, 2011

Winning the Indian Classic last weekend at St. Stephens, the Newton-Conover wrestling team kept the ball rolling this past weekend at North Iredell.

The Red Devils went undefeated at 7-0 during the two-day Raider Duals tournament, eventually ousting perennial 4A power Lake Norman, 40-27, to take the team title for the second-straight tournament.

Newton-Conover also defeated Albemarle (81-0), South Rowan (64-15), West Iredell (73-4), Statesville (56-18), Alexander Central (48-16) and North Iredell (42-23) along the way to its championship.

Tigers sweep North Lincoln duals

December 12, 2011

Fred T. Foard continued its impressive run this season on the wrestling mat, sweeping matches wrestled against five teams at the North Lincoln Duals on Saturday.

The Tigers defeated host North Lincoln, 70-3, while also beating West Rowan (65-12), Thomasville (57-16), Forestview (67-12) and East Lincoln (66-5).

Foard's next match on the mat is Tuesday during at tri-match against Mooresville and Mallard Creek at Mooresville.

December 11th

Panthers blow another lead, lose 31-23 to Falcons

December 12, 2011

CHARLOTTE — If only the NFL would shorten its games to 45 minutes instead of 60, the Carolina Panthers might just be in playoff contention.

Instead, they're 4-9.

In what has been an all too familiar refrain this season, the Panthers blew yet another fourth quarter lead Sunday in a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers led by 16 at halftime and by 6 entering the final quarter, but their offense bogged down, and they were outscored 24-0 in the second half at home.

It's the sixth time this season the Panthers have led or been tied in the fourth quarter only to lose.

December 9th

Late three-pointer, free throws lift Foard past Bandys

December 10, 2011

The early season win streak continues for the Foard boys basketball team, while Bandys’ skid didn’t slow.

The Tigers’ Jordan Turner hit a three-pointer with under two minutes remaining, and Foard made crucial free throws down the stretch in a 61-54 home victory.

Foard improves to 6-0, while Bandys falls to 0-6.

Brice Falgout led the Tigers with 16 points, while Turner pitched in 10 points.

Colton Medlin scored 18 points, leading the Trojans.

Bandys 51, Foard 38

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