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September 20th, 2011

Conflict of interests

September 21, 2011

Russell lives outside in a tent.

He’s an educated man. He’s sober. He’s homeless – a lifestyle that he said puts him on the street every day looking for meals and shelter.

But food is not the problem, he said. Neither is supplies. His problem is finding a safe place to reside, something that puts him into contact with police all the time.

“Once the cops know you are homeless, they are on to you,” Russell said, adding that law enforcement members are constantly shooing the homeless from public, and occasionally private, places.

Maiden vacates win, had ineligible player in 3 games

September 20, 2011

Maiden High School made the announcement Monday that it is forfeiting one of its win from the 2011 season — the first time in Blue Devils’ football history that a win has been vacated.

The Blue Devils (2-3) defeated St. Stephens on Sept. 9, 36-10, but used an ineligible player during the game.

The school notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and St. Stephens High School of the player’s involvement in the game and that it had forfeited the victory.

September 19th

Branching out

September 20, 2011

Despite ever-increasing e-reader technology, the Catawba County Library system is growing.

Catawba County Library Director Karen Foss said branches are seeing more circulation and visitors than ever before, an increase that she said may have ties to the economy.

The Conover branch of the library has grown so much during the last two years that it is relocating to a bigger space at Conover Station – a move that library leaders say will not only give it more space but new programs as well.

Alert neighbor stops thieves before burglary

September 20, 2011

Crooks tried to break into an older woman’s home in Maiden on Saturday morning, but an alert neighbor tipped off police before they could finish the job.

Maiden police arrested one man and are looking for another after the two men attempted to break into the woman’s home on Triplett Farm Road.

Police said the men tried to break into the residence around 6:35 a.m. Saturday but did not gain entry.

When the men returned to their car outside the house, a neighbor called police and reported the suspicious activity, police said.

Catawba paves path to new restaurant

September 20, 2011

Catawba officials are making sure there’s a smooth arrival for the town’s newest restaurant.

The town decided last week on the company that will fix sidewalks around the downtown area, including in front of Catawba’s soon-to-open restaurant – Cindys Starlite Café 2.

The sidewalk renovations will take place along the whole length of East Central Avenue and from the corner of East Central and South Main Street to N.C. 10, said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett.

Claremont Optimist Club starts fresh

September 20, 2011

Last fall, the Claremont Optimist Club was in bad shape.

The group, locally known for providing recreational leagues and activities for kids, had struggled financially for years, resisted talking with city officials and made poor use of its facilities.   

It was a “sinking ship” on the verge of capsizing.

But now, after a year of electing new leaders, getting finances in order and re-opening communication with city officials two weeks ago, Optimist leaders say they are ready to put their rough waters behind them and head toward smooth sailing.

Cam Newton throws three INTs in Panthers loss

September 19, 2011

Cam Newton shined Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, but the rookie's mistakes caught up with him.

After leading 13-0 early in the game, the Panthers (0-2) gave up turnovers on four of the next six possessions, including three interceptions by the rookie quarterback. Green Bay (2-0) took advantage of the takeaways, scoring 23 unanswered points on its way to a 30-23 win at Bank of America Stadium.

Mountaineers rock Tigers, head into SoCon play

September 19, 2011

"The Rock" at Appalachian State is just as solid in night, if not more, than it is in the day.

The Mountaineers (2-1) knocked off their second straight MEAC team, Savannah State (0-3), in only the third Saturday night game held at Kidd-Brewer Stadium since 2001.

Saturday's victory comes one week after ASU demolished the TIgers' fellow-conference member North Carolina A&T.

September 18th

GAME BLOG: Green Bay beats Carolina, 30-23

September 18, 2011

Carolina's Cam Newton was stopped short of the yard to gain on fourth down, and with 3:09 the hopes for a Panthers upset faded. Two plays later Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers tossed a short pass to Jordy Nelson who raced the length of the field to score on an 84-yard strike. With that, hopes for the Panthers' first win disappeared completely - along with fans from Bank of America Stadium.

Many of those departing fans never saw Carolina engineer an eight-play, 83-yard drive. Newton scored on a four-yard run in the game's final minute, but the Panthers offense never saw the field again.

September 17th

Johnson rushes for 337 yards, six TDs in rivalry win

September 17, 2011

Going into Friday’s game at Gurley Stadium, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson never beat the Red Devils of Newton-Conover.

“Not in middle school and not in high school,” the senior said. “I have never done it.”

He made up for all those losses — and then some.

Johnson rushed for 337 yards and six touchdowns to help lift the Blue Devils to a 62-39 victory over Newton-Conover.

The win was the first by Maiden in the series since 2006, and it was also the first time Maiden’s Brian Brown scored a victory as head coach against Newton-Conover.

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