March 21st, 2012
Fred T. Foard improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A with a victory on the softball field Wednesday against St. Stephens in Hickory.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first. Following her double, Ashley Oliver scored later in the inning on a throwing error at first base.
Centerfielder Addie Bolick made it a 2-0 Foard lead in the top of the fourth.
Bolick doubled and advanced twice on passed balls, including a run scored at home plate.
Bolick scored again in the top of the sixth inning, when teammate Rebecca Rowe drove her home on an RBI double.
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall is out of his cast following surgery on his broken right wrist.
In a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Marshall's father Dennis said his son is wearing a removable splint now. Marshall said on Twitter he had shed the cast earlier in the afternoon.
Dennis Marshall said it was still too early to know if his son could play against Ohio on Friday in the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in St. Louis. He said his son "hasn't been ruled out, but not cleared to play either."
A Maiden Elementary School classroom went live on Wednesday with the Discovery Channel.
Students in Aleshia Abernathyâ€™s fourth-grade class all participated in a live episode of Discovery Educationâ€™s Seasonal Science Stream that is broadcast to more than 30 classrooms throughout the nation and around the globe.
The monthly stream is sent out live to classrooms as an educational aid that aims to blend interactive, hands-on activities with digital, pre-recorded slides, said Brad Fountain, director of instructional implementation for Discovery Education.
Under the arched roof of First Presbyterian Church on Main Avenue, a group of Newton seniors bounced around a large yellow balloon.
It was a game of improvised volleyball â€” one of the many good-fun competitions and activities that some Seniors Morning Out (SMO) members participate in five days a week.
On Wednesday, Newton SMO coordinator Robin Curtis tossed the balloon into the group, and they slapped it around a bit. Some of the seniors floated the â€śvolleyballâ€ť up into the air, but most rocketed the balloon across the room, smacking one another in the face.
Thieves stole 950 pennies Monday night from a convenience store in Catawba.
Police say unidentified suspects broke into the Bunker Hill Exxon in Catawba and stole $9.50 worth of pennies. The thieves did not steal anything else, according to a Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office incident report.
The crooks cut a telephone line, damaged an alarm box and broke an exterior glass window for the $10 heist.
The incident is under further investigation, according to the report.
Other incidents reported in Catawba County include:
Donations of time, money and supplies are needed for an April event that will provide a variety of care for the region's homeless veterans.
Veteran organizations, medical personnel, social service representatives and community leaders from the Hickory area will hold a â€śStand Downâ€ť event to provide services for homeless veterans, needy veterans and any other community members in need of help April 20.
Catawba County government approved almost $300,000 for repairs at schools in the Newton-Conover and Hickory Public school systems. One project will replace HVAC systems at Shuford Elementary, while another will repair a sinkhole near the baseball complex at Hickory High.
In other education news, the team of spellers from South Newton Elementary won the sixth annual Red Hot Spelling Bee presented by The Observer News Enterprise. The fun night of team-spelling raised funds for Newton-Conover Education Foundation.
When David Shubert stopped coaching the Fred T. Foard softball program in 1996, he didnâ€™t know that he would return 16 years later to coach his daughter, Lexi.
The Shuberts are both members of the Lady Tigers softball program, which is off to an 8-0 start this season, including 3-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A.
David â€” who not only coached the Foard softball program (1991-96), but also coached the schoolâ€™s basketball program from 1992-98 â€” said he remembered his time as hoops coach, when his young daughter attended the games.
Hickory 6, Fred T. Foard 0
Brad Bowman (H) def. Jacob Stinson 6-0, 6-0; Daniel May (H) def. Jacob Bechtol 6-0, 6-0; Alex Arditti (H) def. Russell Michaels 6-0, 6-0; Luke Kessel (H) def. Alex Lowdermilk 6-0, 6-0; Will Arditti (H) def. Samuel Hefner 6-3, 6-4; Nick Carlton (H) def. Jil Patel 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles and exhibition cancelled due to lightning.
Watauga 5, St. Stephens 0
CONCORD â€” NASCAR's chief appellate officer overturned on Tuesday the bulk of the penalties levied against five-time championship winning crew chief Chad Knaus, who still must pay a $100,000 fine because Jimmie Johnson's car failed the opening day inspection of the Daytona 500.
Chief appellate officer John Middlebrook overturned the six-race suspensions NASCAR handed down to Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, and ruled both instead will be on probation through May 9.