February 17th, 2012
Tucked away inside a cornered room at the Catawba Rosenwald School, a handful of students are testing in silence. Itâ€™s almost quiet.
Skyler Jarvis slides the tips of his fingers along a clean sheet of Braille paper and moves down the page, line by line.
He is reading a story as part of a Braille Challenge, a national literacy competition that attracts hundreds of visually impaired students to qualifying centers across the nation each year. The N.C. Western Region qualifier was held in Catawba on Friday.
â€śHmm.â€ť Jarvis moves his fingers along a reading comprehension question.
When the Rev. Scott Johnson was a boy, a couple women at his Wisconsin church told him he'd make a good pastor.
Johnson tucked that thought away until his junior year in college. In the middle of nuclear engineering studies, he says he decided maybe those women were right.
"I got to thinking about what I wanted to do in my life," Johnson said.
"I thought 'maybe this course isn't God's plan for me.' They planted the seed."
The seed grew into a 25-year ministry career that led him to Conover.
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its High Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester.
The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for a GPA of 3.8 or better:
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester. The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for GPAs of 3.5-3.79:
Churches are victims of a burglary spree in Conover, but in most cases thieves arenâ€™t taking anything of real value.
They are ransacking offices and breaking windows, however, and police are warning citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
More details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
Thereâ€™s good news in the Denver area. The O-N-E was first to report details on a Chinese companyâ€™s plans to bring a north American headquarters to North Carolina along with at least 600 jobs.
With a balanced team effort and a strong third quarter, the Bandys girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Catawba Valley 2A championship game.
The Lady Trojans (24-1) knocked off East Burke (17-9) on Thursday to advance to their third meeting of the season against Newton-Conover (23-3) in Friday's CVAC girls championship game.
Following two East Burke three-pointers late in the first half, Bandys led by 10 points at the half, 38-28.
The Trojans immediately cranked up their defense to start the second half and out-rebounded the Lady Cavaliers 16-4 in the third quarter.
Behind a game-high 34 points from guard Clay Byrd, East Burke knocked off third-seeded Newton-Conover to advance to Fridayâ€™s CVAC championship game.
The Cavaliers (18-8) meet top-seeded West Caldwell (16-6) in the CVAC boys title contest.
The Red Devils (16-10) fell behind 8-0 early, committing seven fouls in the first quarter, including four offensive fouls.
N-Câ€™s Tyoun Shuford, who committed two of those fouls, powered his team back into the contest with a seven-point first quarter. The Red Devils trailed 15-13 after one.
CHARLOTTE â€” Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan continues to struggle as a league executive.
The Jordan-owned Bobcats are 3-26 and flirting with NBA futility.
Because of the lockout-shortened season Charlotte won't challenge the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' record of 72 losses. However, the Bobcats have lost 16 straight games and have a worse winning percentage (.103) than that infamous 76ers team.
Leaders in Catawba County's school systems have approved calendars that will send students to class Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year.
Some people say the early-August start is positive in part because it will allow high school students to complete first-semester exams before the holiday break in late December.
Others argue the early-August start is negative because, among other things, it shortens this year's summer vacation to about eight weeks.
What's your preference â€” a school year that begins in early August or late August? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.
Construction crews continued work on a Main Street water line replacement project Thursday in Maiden.
The project is replacing one of the oldest water lines in the town and relocating a line from beneath the street to underneath the sidewalk.
Maiden officials say the line has broken several times the past several years due to buildup in a pipe.