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February 8th, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: County programs receive football wins through Hickory forfeits

February 8, 2012

The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.

The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.

Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoes' wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Feb. 8

February 8, 2012

Two gas leaks within 24 hours forced road closures and evacuations in the Rock Barn Country Club area.

Details from the evacuation, as well as information about who forgot to “call before you dig” in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

Public health officials encourage healthy habits to help avoid the spread of “the stomach bug” that is becoming more prevalent in western North Carolina.

A Conover man is a “walking miracle” after he dropped dead at West Wilkes High School, but was revived thanks to quick thinking students, parents and school staff.

SPORTS:

February 7th

Hickory girls top Indians, lock up outright NWC title

February 8, 2012

Behind 20 points from Danasia Witherspoon, the Hickory Lady Red Tornadoes locked up the outright girls Northwestern Conference basketball title in 2012 with a win against St. Stephens on Tuesday.

N-C, Foard advance in playoffs; Indians, Trojans fall

February 8, 2012

Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard advanced to Thursday’s third round of the NCHSAA playoffs.

Two other Catawba County schools — Bandys and St. Stephens — weren’t as fortunate. Both squads had their seasons ended.

The Tigers (30-1) had to overcome a 27-3 deficit early on to win and advance.

Newton-Conover (40-2) took out Ashe County in the first round and followed that up with a 42-18 win against Chase.

The Trojans lost a close contest with Thomasville (27-11), ending Bandys’ season with a 17-12 record.

Pierce passes Bird in Celtics' win over Bobcats

February 7, 2012

BOSTON — Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird.

Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

February 7, 2012

This photo of Bruce Prestwood, right, and Shirley Harvey at The Corner Table is The O-N-E's news photo of the week.

The volunteers served food Jan. 31 during a 10th anniversary celebration at the crisis assistance ministry in Newton.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday for a new photo of the week. To suggest photos of the week or submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 7, 2012

Eleanor Kay Sopala Robinette, 66, of Conover, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.

Walking miracle

February 7, 2012

Larry Evans died in December in the lobby of the West Wilkes High School gym.

The experience changed his life.

Evans, 67, of Conover, was revived thanks to several students, their parents and school staff members.

“There are some really, really nice people up there,” Evans said. “I think if it had happened anywhere else, I wouldn’t be here. The Lord had everything in place.”

Paige Tart, Evans' daughter, shared the following story of what happened Friday, Dec. 16, the day her father's heart stopped beating.

Completely lifeless

New park expected by fall

February 7, 2012

Conover plans to offer citizens a new place to enjoy fresh fall air this year.

Officials expect the city's new Conover Station Park to be completed by fall, opening opportunities for walking along trails, enjoying a playground and taking in the area's newest outdoor recreation site.

Along with a $7,900 city investment, nearly $750,000 in N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant money is funding the project.

Officials stress healthy habits to avoid virus

February 7, 2012

Local health officials say washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid norovirus, the “stomach bug” that has affected citizens across Catawba County and the state.

There have been multiple outbreak reports throughout North Carolina in the past month, including more than 130 Catawba County residents who contracted the virus at a Conover seafood restaurant.

There have been eight reports of norovirus outbreaks across the state in the past month — including outbreaks in the Charlotte area, Alamance County and Orange County.

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