March 7th, 2012
National Gourd Lady Margaret "Sparky" Sparkman died Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
She was 95, but she never let her age slow her down.Â
In fact, she displayed her unique gourd wares at the Southern Spring Show in Charlotte as recently as Sunday.
President Barack Obama is calling for incentives to develop more fuel-efficient cars, emphasizing a top energy initiative amid rising gasoline prices and a re-election battle.
The president visited western North Carolina on Wednesday to speak at a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly.
North Carolina is expected to figure prominently in the 2012 presidential election.
Gasoline prices are at their highest levels for this time of year, and Obama has been traveling to promote energy proposals he says will reduce foreign oil dependency over the long term.
Sherrills Ford fire department's chief recently resigned amid community rumors that the department's board chairman says are untrue.
Keith Bost served Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue for 11 years. Deputy Chief Justin Butler is now in command as the board of directors prepares to search for a new chief.
"He (Bost) has some other opportunities in front of him, and we are losing a good man," said Chuck Connor, chairman of the department's board of directors.
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About 7,000 gallons of sewage overflowed in the Section House Road area this week, but Hickory officials say the discharge did not affect area water quality.
The city experienced the overflow due to an obstruction in the sanitary sewer main line, according to a press release from the city of Hickory.
The discharge occurred in the 3900 block of Section House Road, and the sanitary sewer overflow consisted of approximately 7,000 gallons, according to the city.
The overflow was discharged into Herman Branch of the Catawba River basin.
A Conover man was sentenced to prison this week for his involvement in a methamphetamine operation that stretched from Mexico to Catawba County.
Daniel Ray Chavez, 30, of Conover, originally pleaded guilty Sept. 22, 2010, to firearms charges in relation to the operation. He was sentenced Monday to two years and four months in prison and three years of supervised release.
The Bandys baseball team earned a mercy rule victory Tuesday â€” and then some.
The Trojans (4-0) scored nine runs in the first, six runs in the second and five runs each in the third and fourth innings, scorching visiting Lexington 25-0 on the diamond.
Despite Bandysâ€™ lead throughout the game, coach Frank Porter said his team didnâ€™t change its approach.
Behind a three-hit, eight RBI game from Ashley Oliver, the Lady Tigers won their opening Northwestern conference game in a five-inning, mercy rule fashion.
Oliver connected on a three-run homer in the second inning, an RBI single in the third and a grand slam in the fourth inning to lead the Tigers.
Lexi Shubert also connected on a three-run homer of her own in the first inning. She also pitched five innnings, striking out 13 batters and allowing one hit.
Cierra Shull added a two RBI triple in the third inning, while Mackenzie Dziendziel hit a two RBI double in the third.
This photo of Melanie Elrod, right, hugging Julie Styers is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Elrod celebrated her retirement after 34 years with Newton-Conover City Schools and 35 years in education.
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The chairman of the Sherrills Ford fire departmentâ€™s board of directors says it will be difficult to replace the agency's outgoing fire chief.
Keith Bost, an 11-year veteran of Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue (SFTFR), resigned unexpectedly in late February.
In his letter of resignation, Bost said he â€ścannot be unified in a direction the board wants to take the department,â€ť said Chuck Connor, chairman of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Board of Directors.
CHARLOTTE â€” Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29 points, Gerald Henderson hit some big shots in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 20-point, first-half deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 100-84 Tuesday night.
The Bobcats came in having lost 21 of their last 22 games, but seemed to get a spark after coach Paul Silas was ejected in the second quarter with the team trailing by 18.
The Bobcats also got a big game from rookie center Bismack Biyombo, who battled toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard and had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.