With the holidays looming, tragedy is on the roadways of the Catawba Valley.
A Maiden woman was killed in a Sunday afternoon crash that involved a drunk driver, and two men were hospitalized after their speeding Corvette hit a Newton home and flipped.
Complete details on both these stories are inside the Tuesday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
For the second time this season, the Newton-Conover and St. Stephens wrestling teams tangled on the mat.
The first time, the Red Devils earned a victory against host St. Stephens during the Indian Classic a few weeks ago. The result Monday wasn't any different.
Newton-Conover (16-0) won 11-of-14 individual matches, including six pins and three by technical fall on its way to a 57-14 victory in Newton.
The pairings for this yearâ€™s Catawba Valley Classic were released Monday.
The opening round for the tournament starts on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The boysâ€™ slate of games will be played at Hickory High School, while the girls games will be at the Tarlton Complex, formerly the Multi-Purpose Center, at Catawba Valley Community College.
Hickory, the defending boys champion, is seeded No. 1 and will take on Bunker Hill at 6 p.m.
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has a bag full of tricks and he's not afraid to use them â€” even if it means borrowing a play from a kids' movie.
With Cam Newton under center, Chudzinski is finding fun news ways to use the talented rookie's athleticism to his advantage.
Elizabeth Martha Wykes, of Newton, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation. A memorial service will be on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Newton.
Noah Emanuel Dellinger Jr., 56, of Conover, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Dellinger family.
Cynthia Travis was enjoying time with her daughter on Monday when what felt like an earthquake rattled her home.
â€śWe heard a really big crash and the house was shaking,â€ť Travis said. â€śI thought we were in a real earthquake this time.â€ť
Travis was in no earthquake, though. A 2005 Chevrolet Corvette had struck her home.
â€śI looked outside and there was nothing but horror,â€ť she said.
Two men, whose names were not released, were hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after their car went airborne and hit Travisâ€™ home at 909 Laffon Road in Newton.
The N.C. Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in a Sunday crash that killed a Maiden woman on N.C. 16 South.
Thelma Jean Chappell, 47, of Maiden, died when the 1999 Ford Explorer she was riding in veered into the median on N.C. 16 and overturned in the area of N.C. 150, said K.E. Travis, a trooper with the highway patrol.
Thomas Ray Klutz, 42, of Conover, was driving the vehicle. Travis said he charged Klutz with driving while impaired and reckless driving.
Other charges may be filed, pending blood results, Travis said.
A longtime leader of Newton-based Midstate Mills Inc. died suddenly Saturday.
Boyd Hawn Drum served Midstate Mills as president and chairman of the board of directors from the early 1980s until 2007, said Steve Arndt, the company's vice president and chief marketing officer. Drum was 77.
Drum's father, G.D., founded the company that became Midstate Mills in Maiden in 1935. The company moved to Newton in 1961.
Drum's son, Robert, currently serves as Midstate Mills' corporate president and chairman of the board of directors.
North Carolina investigators are looking into why a Hickory police officer critically wounded a man fleeing an attempted traffic stop.
The Hickory Police Department says Master Police Officer Bruce Bumgarner tried to stop a vehicle late Saturday.
Officers say 36-year-old Irecas Valentine of Hickory sped away, wrecked his sports utility vehicle and threatened when he was cornered by Bumgarner. Valentine was shot and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem in critical condition.
HOUSTON (AP) â€” Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, DeAngelo Williams ran for a score and the Carolina Panthers ended Houston's seven-game winning streak with a 28-13 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards, outplaying opposing rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. The Panthers (5-9) built a 21-0 halftime lead, then ended Houston's second-half rally when linebacker James Anderson intercepted Yates in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.