February 27th, 2012
The replacement for John Worley as Hickory High School football coach is a familiar rival within the Northwestern conference.
Tom Harper, who has been the head coach at Alexander Central for the past five seasons, takes over the Red Tornadoesâ€™ football program.
A Catawba County man was charged with falsely reporting he was kidnapped.
Storme Goforthâ€™s mother reported him missing Feb. 14.
Goforth turned up at his motherâ€™s workplace Feb. 18 and said he had been kidnapped, according to Long View police.
Lt. R.A. Coffey said an investigation revealed that Goforth had been sleeping in an abandoned house.
â€śHe left home on his own accord,â€ť Coffey said.
Goforth, 22, was charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor.
Coffey said Goforth likely faces probation for the charge.
A former Catawba County government attorney and Conover City Council candidate was found dead Sunday at his home in Conover.â€¨
Lewis E. Waddell Jr., who was the subject of a recent N.C. State Bar investigation, was found dead in his home about 5:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to police reports.
He was 69.
â€¨Police were called to Waddellâ€™s residence at 410 3rd Ave. NE in Conover after a neighbor discovered his body.
Lewis E. Waddell Jr., 69, of Conover, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at his home. The Waddell family has entrusted the arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Barbara Jane Hefner, 69, of Claremont, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Hefner family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
The trial of a Hickory woman accused of stealing money from an elementary school organization began Monday in court.
Holly Lafone Specht, 31, is accused of stealing money from Webb A. Murray Elementary Schoolâ€™s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) when she served as the groupâ€™s treasurer during the 2008-09 school year.
Specht is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of embezzlement by public officers and trustees, and four counts of forging endorsement.
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted Monday on four counts of felony larceny in Caldwell County.
The indictments stem from a year-long investigation by the Hudson Police Department in which officers probed the theft of trailers located at the site of the former Anderson Truck Lines at 2698 Hickory Blvd.
Authorities searched Mayfieldâ€™s Catawba home on Nov. 16, 2011, using a search warrant granted to the Hudson Police Department, and seized furniture found on the premises.
A Hickory High School student was charged with first-degree rape after an alleged incident outside an area church on Saturday.
A 14-year-old girl says she was raped by two teenage boys Saturday afternoon outside of Exodus Church on Highland Avenue in Hickory.
Hickory police say the girl knew both suspects, including Mikal Jerome Gray, a 17-year-old Hickory High School student.
The girl says Gray and a 15-year-old male suspect raped her after a gathering for youth at Exodus Church.
Police arrested a Conover man that they think may be linked to the cityâ€™s recent string of church break-ins.
Conover police arrested Ryan Chrishan Johnson, 26, of 611 11th St. SW in Conover, early Saturday morning after he allegedly broke into Family Health Care Practices near the five-point intersection downtown.
Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said CPD Officer Victor Morales spotted Johnson in an alley behind Family Health Care Practices about 3:45 a.m. Saturday, and the suspect tried to hide behind several trash cans.
A pair of Newton-Conover wrestlers earned individual state championships Saturday in Greensboro.
Senior Addison Klutz and sophomore Franklin Wepner both earned titles, the first since Andrew Tremain's state championship in 2010.
"It's an honor to be on the list of Newton-Conover state champions," Wepner said. "I would like to thank coach (Eddy) Clark and coach (Vallie) Murray. I'd also like to congratulate Addison for his state championship."
Klutz said he is thankful to those who helped pass along the rich tradition in the Newton-Conover wrestling program.
A black history celebration and a music fundraiser to benefit area students are among events in Catawba County this week. A variety of community organizations also welcome the public to their regular meetings.
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The O-N-E publishes an events listing daily on its Your News page, and Catawba County's Week Ahead appears each Monday at observernewsonline.com.