March 16th, 2012
Humberto Zepeda gave his friends plenty of reasons to smile.
The Catawba County teenager provided his Maiden High School classmates with fun memories inside and outside of class, according to posts on a Facebook page created Friday to remember his life.
Zepeda, of 1115 S. Brady Ave. in Newton, died Thursday afternoon under his car at 1175 S. Brady Ave.
Newton Police Department (NPD) investigators say they believe the car slipped from a jack and crushed him while he was repairing the vehicle.
A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a church, several vehicles and leading police on a late night foot chase that ended in a ditch.
More details in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E.
A murderer who killed a man at a Hickory assisted living facility will spend at least 15 years in jail.
A forum at Catawba Valley Community College on Thursday revealed the economy is improving, but the region still faces hurdles despite promising new sectors of economic development.
With a perfect game and a no-hitter under her belt, Maidenâ€™s Hannah Callahan has helped position the Lady Blue Devils for a successful season.
The junior pitcher is 5-1 this season, including a season-opening no-hitter against Lincolnton and a perfect game Tuesday against Newton-Conover.
Callahan said the two performances are a product of her hard work.
â€śMy pitching means a lot to me,â€ť Callahan said. â€ś I work on spins on my pitches, locations and different pitches. I work on my infield, too, because I struggle with that. I work hard at it so I can help my team out.â€ť
For the second time in three days, the Newton-Conover golf team won a non-conference match.
The Red Devils notched a 148 to win by 12 strokes over Maiden in a nine-hole match held at Catawba Country Club.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Alex Hefner earned medalist, carding a 33 in his nine holes.
Teammate Lee Mitchell wasnâ€™t far behind on the scoreboard with a 35, while Chris Ziogas (39) and Perry Davis (41) also had solid rounds.
Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail and Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly finished tied for third with a 36.
Austin Shuford was the leading golfer for Bandys with a 52.
PITTSBURGH (AP) â€” Reserve forward James Southerland had 15 points and a season-high eight rebounds, and Syracuse avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 when it rallied for a 72-65 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday in the East Regional.
The Orange entered the tournament without starting center Fab Melo, who was declared ineligible for academic reasons, and they almost left early with a piece of history no team wants. Instead, Syracuse (32-2) will play eighth-seeded KansasÂ State in the third round Saturday.
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The CCS Board of Education met this week to review and discuss the results of a community survey that solicited input about the system's next superintendent.
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The small sandwich shop on a busy corner in downtown Hickory opened inauspiciously two weeks ago. The lights went on and the door was unlocked, and Hatch Sandwich Bar opened without fanfare ... yet.
For owners Zach Harkins and Colin Makin, Hatch is their first venture as owners of a restaurant, but itâ€™s a dream both have had for years.
Harkins attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University. He graduated from ASU in 2011 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in communications.
Makin, originally from Boonsboro, Md., graduated from ASU in 2008 with degrees in philosophy and religion.
Joyce Brown Carpenter, 76, of Vale, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Carpenter family.
Thomas Kenny Edwards, 60, of Conover, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at his residence. The Edwards family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
After a gloomy economic climate has prevailed in the Hickory Metro during the past several years, glimmers of hope are emerging in the region's outlook.
"How do you get ranked eighth worst metro in America to find a job," Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President Danny Hearn said of a recent list published by U.S. News and World Report, "and we wake up this morning and we are ranked the ninth best metro in America for economic development announcements."
A Hickory man will spend at least 15 years in prison for the 2009 bludgeoning murder of a 70-year-old man at an assisted living center.
On Thursday, Dennis Edward Scherzer pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Roland Simmons at Hickory's Walden Assisted Living Center.
The murder occurred in July 2009, when Hickory Police Department investigators found Simmons unconscious with severe head trauma.
Hickory police said Scherzer, another Walden House resident, beat Simmons in the head with a steel pipe.