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New lights to help preserve history

December 7, 2011

Museum officials say a new, improved lighting system will help artifacts stand the test of time.

The Catawba County Historical Association recently installed high-tech LED lighting in the main hallway and three gallery rooms at the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton.

The system was funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act energy-efficiency grant of $15,000 awarded to the city of Newton earlier this year.

Schools seek weather waiver for calendar

December 7, 2011

Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.

Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a “good cause” or “winter waiver” that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.

In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.

Peoples Bancorp CEO to retire

December 7, 2011

The leader of Newton-based Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina will retire at the end of next year.

Tony Wolfe, who has served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company since 1993, announced Wednesday he will retire in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"The bank is performing well, and it has a strong leadership team in place," Wolfe said in a press release. "I want to spend additional time with my wife and family, do some traveling and pursue other hobbies and interests. All things considered, now seems like a good time to begin planning for a new phase of our lives."

AP sources: Southern Miss' Fedora accepts UNC job

December 7, 2011

Two people familiar with the situation say Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina's next football coach.

They say the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn't final yet. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school isn't commenting publicly on its search.

Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins and the Conference USA championship. Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.

Zahra's remains returned to her father

December 7, 2011

HICKORY — The remains of a 10-year-old disabled girl killed in North Carolina last year have been released to her father.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains of Zahra Baker last month to a Hickory funeral home, where they were cremated and given to her father.

Adam Baker says he wants to return to Australia and give Zahra a proper service and burial there. Baker can't leave the country until he resolves criminal charges alleging several misdemeanors and two felonies unrelated to the girl's slaying.

The O-N-E Morning Read:Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

December 7, 2011

A man accused of murdering a 19-year-old Travis Baker more than four years ago will spend at least 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges.

Baker disappeared in April 2007, and his family spent two years wondering about the fate of the Catawba teen before his body was found in a lumber pile in June 2009. The O-N-E has the complete story of Baker’s death and disappearance, as well as Tuesday afternoon’s reaction from his grieving family.

See more details in the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.

December 6th

Tigers sweep Bears to continue hot season starts

December 6, 2011

The Fred T. Foard boys basketball team’s resurgence continued Tuesday.

The Tigers scored 24 fourth quarter points, including eight each from Tre Robinson and Kasey Simms, carrying them past Bunker Hill at home, 54-43.

The victory improves Foard, which won three games last season, to 5-0.
The two teams were deadlocked for a majority of the contest. The Bears (0-4) held a 21-19 lead at the halftime break.

That all changed with 7:13 remaining in the game. A three-point play opportunity by Robinson gave the Tigers a lead they did not let go.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians top Maiden on court

December 6, 2011

St. Stephens 70, Maiden 60

St. Stephens improved to 3-2 with a victory over Maiden in Hickory on Tuesday.

The Indians trailed 41-40 entering the fourth quarter, but scored 30 points in the final stanza to record the victory.

Kerigan Farley scored 24 points off of the bench for St. Stephens, while the Indians shot 21-for-23 from the free throw line.

Jason Gantt scored 17 points for Maiden (1-2), while Will Jenkins pitched in 10 points.

Girls basketball

Maiden 31, St. Stephens 22

No. 4 North Carolina beats Evansville 97-48

December 6, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Denver Holmes knocked down outside shots and provided Evansville with some scoring punch against fourth-ranked North Carolina. The problem was that no one else followed his lead.

While Holmes scored 14 points in the 97-48 loss to the Tar Heels on Tuesday night, no other player reached double figures for the Purple Aces. The rest of the team struggled to knock down shots, particularly from 3-point range, that could have helped negate North Carolina's big size advantage.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

December 6, 2011

This photo of Catawba Fire Department Chief Donald Robinson is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

Catawba and other area fire departments burned an abandoned house in the community Nov. 30 in a training exercise.

For more photos from the fire training, visit The O-N-E's Facebook page.

The O-N-E posts a photo of the week each Wednesday. To suggest a photo or a story idea, e-mail onenews@observernewsonline.com.

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