January 17th, 2012
Keeping pace near the top of the Northwestern conference, the St. Stephens boys basketball survived small runs by Watauga to win its fourth NWC game of the season.
â€śYou have to win conference games, especially conference games at home,â€ť said Indians coach Murphy Post. â€śWatauga is a good team. Any chance we have to win a conference game at home, thatâ€™s big for us, as far as playoff position and trying to contend to move up the ladder a little bit.â€ť
Kerigan Fairley scored 16 points and Dillion Spencer added 11 points to lead the Indians (12-6, 4-2).
Behind 18 points each from Dasia Tipps and Kadesha Gibbs, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team improved to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a 78-28 thrashing of West Caldwell on Tuesday.
Taylor Petty added 16 points for N-C in the victory, while Shynese Whitener scored 11 points.
Draughn 58, Maiden 52
Despite being outscored by four points in the final quarter, the Lady Wildcats edged the Lady Blue Devils in Valdese on Tuesday.
Lauren Duckworth scored a game-high 22 points for Draughn (10-7, 3-4), while Haley Broadwell added 12 points.
ORLANDO, Fla. â€” Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the Charlotte Bobcats 96-89 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.
Gerald Henderson had 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost eight of its last nine. The Bobcats are also winless in their last five trips to Orlando.
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Fowler, known by many in the community, was hit by a car Friday in downtown Newton. The 86-year-old officer was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
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After Conover Police found a dead body inside a crashed vehicle Tuesday morning, police investigators say they believe the driver suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck off Reese Drive.
"It appears there was no foul play involved," Conover City Manager Donald Duncan said, adding that the wreck occurred about 9:45 a.m., according to Conover Police investigators. "A gentleman suffered from a medical condition while he was driving, went off the road, impacted a tree and ignited the fuel tank and was burned severely."
Regional industry leaders are assembling pieces to rebuild a machine that once powered western North Carolina's economy â€”manufacturing.
A growing list of manufacturers have brought jobs and an economic boost to Catawba County in the past two years, and economic development officials hope to continue that trend.
Dale Stewart Bumgarner Sr., 81, of Conover, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at his residence. The Bumgarner family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Dorothy Irene Kiesler Smith, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Abernethy Laurels. The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
A veteran Maiden councilman resigned unexpectedly this week during the townâ€™s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Howard Ervin, who has served on the Maiden Town Council since 2005, tendered his letter of resignation Monday night. He said he resigned for personal reasons.
During his time on council, Ervin helped oversee a time of growth in Maiden, including the expansion of Lawrence Lumber Company Inc., vonDrehle, Ethan Allen and the recruitment of Apple Inc.â€™s East Coast data center.
WASHINGTON â€” Mitt Romney ignored the most significant expansion of trade ties in nearly two decades when he accused the Obama administration Monday night of doing nothing to open new markets. Rick Santorum claimed to be taking purely the high road in campaign ads even as a new one from him veered from that path.
Newt Gingrich mischaracterized the Chilean retirement system that he favors as a partial model for the United States, declaring that the system of private accounts is voluntary when it's not.
LONG VIEWâ€” Police in Long View are investigating the shooting of a 21-year-old man by his mother.
The Hickory Police Department reports that no one has been charged in the shooting that killed Justin Barger on Friday.
Police Lt. Rick Coffey said Justin Barger was drinking and assaulted his parents.
Coffey said 53-year-old Karen Barger shot her son once with a handgun. He died at the home.
Coffey said police are investigating, and will turn the results of their probe over to District 25 Attorney James C. Gaither Jr. to determine if charges should be filed.