CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 Saturday night to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
The Tigers (10-3) clinched their first Orange Bowl berth since 1981, the year they won their only national championship. Clemson won't be playing for a national title this season, but the victory was still sweet considering they'd lost three of four games to close the regular season.
"We knocked down a lot of walls tonight," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
BOONE, N.C. (AP) â€” Warren Smith threw for three touchdowns and Maine held Appalachian State to 3 rushing yards in a 34-12 win Saturday in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Black Bears (9-3) dominated the ground game. Pushaun Brown rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries, including a 31-yard score, and David Hood romped 54 yards for a TD to finish with 88 yards on four carries.
Tied 39-39 entering the fourth quarter, the St. Stephens boys basketball team grinded out a 54-45 road victory against Bunker Hill on Friday.
Jordan James scored 19 points and Kerigan Farley pitched in 10 points to lead the Indians (2-2).
For Bunker Hill (0-4), Jason Setzer and Jordan McGinnis scored 10 points each.
St. Stephens played and up and down game, taking an early 17-11 lead before trailing at halftime, 33-29.
The Bears took their halftime lead thanks in part to six three-point baskets in the opening half, four of which came from Setzer and Colton Chapman.
Bandys 82, North Lincoln 65
Taylor Sigmon scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading Bandys (4-0) to the win against the Lady Knights.
Jesse and Madi Story each scored 16 points for the Lady Trojans, as well.
Bandys completed 19-of-25 free throw opportunities.
North Lincoln's Lauren Armstrong scored a game-high 21 points.
Fred T. Foard 58, West Lincoln 30
The Lady Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season with a victory over the Lady Rebels.
Amidst the growing community of Bethlehem and off the beaten path of N.C. 127 North, Bethlehem Branch Library offers an engaging blend of books and art.
The library, part of the Alexander County Library, opened five years ago on Rink Dam Road.
Through the efforts of the Bethlehem Branch Friends, the small library expanded last year and added a childrenâ€™s section.
Bud Caywood, president of Friends, Bethlehem resident, artist and poet, said the new area is called â€śthe gallery.â€ť
Patricia Ann Caldwell Little, 57, of Catawba, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the Palliative Care Unit of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital after a long-fought battle with leukemia. The Little family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
Zona Drum Weaver, 96, of Conover, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Conover Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Catawba Valley Community College was packed with Hmong flavor on Friday.
Students and residents representing the Hmong culture flocked to CVCCâ€™s Student Center on Friday to dance, sing and perform for area citizens.
The Hmong â€” an ethnic group from southern China, Laos and Vietnam â€” has its third largest American population in the Greater Hickory area.
The Hmong â€śNew Year Celebration,â€ť held annually around the American Thanksgiving holiday, was the theme of CVCCâ€™s Multicultural Series on Friday.
Jay Adams says real estate development is a competition.
Adams, a local real estate broker, said in changing economic times in Catawba County, different areas are in a competition for development.
Right now, Adams says thereâ€™s an obvious front runner.
â€śItâ€™s about which community plays the game the best,â€ť Adams said.
â€śRight now, itâ€™s pretty clear â€” thatâ€™s Conover.â€ť
In recent years, Conover has had dozens of small and large businesses relocate or expand within its city limits.
Leaf collection will be delayed in the next week for city of Newton customers.
One of the city's two loose-leaf collection trucks must be repaired, causing the delay.
Parts for the truck have been ordered, and repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, Dec. 9. Until then, the city will collect leaves with one truck.
For more information, contact Newton Public Works at 828-695-4310.
Conover will officially usher in the holiday season Tuesday.
Christmas in the Park begins at 6:30 p.m. at the city's Downtown Park.
After Mayor Lee Moritz welcomes those in attendance, choirs from Lyle Creek Elementary School, Conover School and Shuford Elementary School will sing a variety of Christmas carols.
Songs will include "Sleigh Ride," "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
The city plans to light its official Christmas tree just after 7 p.m., and Santa Claus will arrive soon after on a Conover Fire Department engine.