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March 22nd, 2012

Beautification group combats litter

March 22, 2012

The Keep Catawba County Beautiful Litter Committee placed a new series of anti-littering signs in Conover on Thursday in an attempt to decrease trash alongside roads.

For more on this story, pick up the Friday edition of The O-N-E.

Hickory seeks name for complex

March 22, 2012

The city of Hickory wants citizens to name its new Union Square entertainment complex.

Greater Hickory Metro residents are encouraged to submit name suggestions from April 18-May 18. Entries can be submitted at hickoryspeaks.com or hickorync.gov.

Construction is under way on the new complex, which will include space for outdoor concerts, seating and a farmer's market.

The winning structure name will be announced May 27 at "Swinging Under the Stars" at the complex.

This week's criminal convictions

March 22, 2012

The following Catawba County residents were sentenced this week in criminal superior court for felony offenses.

* William Curtis Atwell, 38, of Conover, was convicted of felony attempted breaking or entering.

* Marcus William Beard, 35, of Hickory, was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and was sentenced to 25-30 months in the N.C. Department of Correction. Beard entered a plea after jury selection and during a state evidence presentation.

* Billy Joe Hahn, 20, of Hickory, was convicted of felony breaking or entering and felony larceny.

Hickory woman indicted on murder charges

March 22, 2012

A Hickory woman accused of killing a father and son riding a motorcycle was indicted on charges of second-degree murder.

A grand jury handed up the indictment against Amie Jo Skeens this month.

Investigators say Skeens crashed into two motorcycles last October, killing 19-year-old Kevin Moody and his father, 42-year-old Stephen Moody. The men were together on one motorcycle; two other people were injured.

Police say Skeens drove away but was later arrested. Court documents state she initially denied being behind the wheel, saying "crackhead zombies" were driving the van instead.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, March 22

March 22, 2012

Science lessons at Maiden Elementary delivered space to students during “Mars Madness” this week. Get more details and see pictures of students space adventure in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Senior citizens are playing volleyball and staying active in other ways during Seniors Morning Out.

Volunteers and supplies are sought for “Operation Stand Down” to benefit homeless military veterans. Find out how to help in The O-N-E.

March 21st

Holmes, Franklin lead Saint in 6-1 rout of Foard

March 21, 2012

The tandem of freshman Olivia Holmes and junior Macy Franklin was lethal on the soccer field Wednesday.

The duo scored five of St. Stephens’ six goals, earning the Lady Indians a conference rivalry game victory against Fred T. Foard, 6-1, in Hickory.

“We looked like a pretty good team tonight,” said Indians coach Chuck Davis. “We put our passes together well and finished. It took us a little while to take a shot, but once we did, it was nice.”

St. Stephens (6-1-1, 2-0-0) raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead behind Holmes and Franklin.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tigers stay perfect, blank Indians

March 21, 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.

UNC's Marshall out of cast after wrist surgery

March 21, 2012

CHAPEL HILL — 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."

Maiden science lesson broadcasts on Internet

March 21, 2012

A Maiden Elementary School classroom went live on Wednesday with the Discovery Channel.

Students in Aleshia Abernathy’s fourth-grade class all participated in a live episode of Discovery Education’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.

County program gives seniors new outlook

March 21, 2012

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 — 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 “volleyball” up into the air, but most rocketed the balloon across the room, smacking one another in the face.

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