January 30th, 2012
Kicking off their 20th anniversary campaign in style, the Hickory Crawdads hosted their annual Hot Stove Banquet at Rock Barn Golf and Spa on Monday.
The event featured a number of guest speakers, including former âDads general manager Marty Steele and former Hickory players Josh Bonifay (2000-01), Chris Mader (1993-94) and Jason Evans (1993).
Steele, who was teamâs first-ever general manager, recanted the first opening day at its new stadium.
The latest individual state prep wrestling polls include 31 Catawba County athletes ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.
The Retrorankings.com lists include 16 area wrestlers in the 2A ranks and 15 in the 3A ranks.
Four wrestlers from three schools are also ranked atop their respective weight classes. They include Newton-Conoverâs Ian Canrobert at 106, Foardâs Caleb Griffin at 120, St. Stephensâ Ian Martin at 138 and Foardâs Hayden Albert at 160.
CHARLOTTE â The Carolina Panthers have a new look.
For the first time since joining the league in 1995, the Panthers have changed their logo. According to a press release Sunday night, the logo has been designed to provide a "more aggressive, contemporary look to the logo while making it more three-dimensional for ever-increasing digital use."
The Panthers will transition to the refined logo throughout 2012.
The primary tweaks made by the creative department of the National Football League are primarily in the features in the eye and mouth.
Vivian Sigmon Hedrick, 87, of Claremont, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Valley Nursing Home in Taylorsville. The Hedrick family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
John Fleming Reece II, 61, of Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. A funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with Arthur Yount officiating.
Adam Baker is no longer in the United States, according to Vincent Picard of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Atlanta.
Picard confirmed Monday that Baker, who moved to western North Carolina from Australia after meeting Elisa Baker online and marrying her in 2008, purchased an airline ticket and left the country.
The parents of several Bandys High School students have assumed a role similar to a genie in a magical lamp.
Principal Todd Black says the parents have twice asked the school to compile a list of wishes. And the parents, who asked to remain anonymous, have returned twice to grant those wishes â donating a plethora of laptops, desktops, Nook e-reader devices and more.
"They've said they've been blessed," Black said. "I guess the philanthropic heart is one who gives because they enjoy giving. They check in from time to time about what we need and never ask for anything in return."
A former Maiden High School band director pleaded guilty Monday to sex charges involving one of his former students.
Christopher Caldwell, who was a teacher and band director at Maiden from 2008-10, was sentenced to 24 months of community-based, supervised probation after pleading guilty to taking indecent liberties with a student nearly two years ago. Superior Court Judge James W. Morgan deemed Caldwellâs crime a âsexually violent offenseâ and ruled that he must register as a sex offender.
Caldwell must also pay a $1,000 fine, according to Morganâs ruling.
Dinosaurs, volunteer training and Habitat housing opportunities await this week in the region.
The Catawba Science Center's new dinosaurs exhibit opened Saturday in Hickory.
Habitat for Humanity will hold a meeting Tuesday for citizens interested in housing assistance.
A local hospice center will train volunteers Saturday and Sunday.
For the details on those events and more, check out Catawba County's week ahead below. For additional information about area events, check out the Your News page daily in The O-N-E and activities listings every Thursday inside Outlook.
Sunday, Jan. 29
No games scheduled
Monday, Jan. 30
No games scheduled
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Bandys basketball at Maiden
Bandys wrestling vs. Maiden (Senior night)
Bunker Hill wrestling at Newton-Conover
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Newton-Conover
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. Hibriten
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Hibriten (Hunter Huss), 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
CVCC men's basketball at Rockingham CC, 7 p.m.
L-R baseball at Pfeiffer, 2 p.m.
L-R basketball at Anderson (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)
CHARLOTTE â The Washington Wizards may have found the recipe for winning this season: playing the Charlotte Bobcats.
Well, that and a balanced offensive attack.
The Wizards (4-16) defeated the Bobcats for the second time in four nights Saturday 102-99 as six players scored in double digits, including JaVale McGee, who led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The week's two wins equal the Wizards' total number of victories in their first 17 games combined.