November 7th, 2011
RALEIGH â€” A statewide poll finds virtually no change in North Carolina residents' opinions seven months ahead of an election that would amend the constitution to ban same-sex unions.
An Elon University poll released Monday presents public opinion in North Carolina as consistent since February. Fifty-seven percent oppose changing the state constitution to permanently bar same-sex couples from marriage rights, a figure almost identical to Elon poll results in September and February.
The General Assembly voted in September to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment next May.
It was a tale of two halfs for Bandys on Friday night in its first round playoff match-up against Ashe County.
After trailing 14-12 at halftime, the Trojans rallied behind four second half touchdowns by running back Dominique Young, and the defense forced four turnovers, leading Bandys to the 40-14 victory in Catawba.
The Trojans opened the game with a bang. After returning the opening kickoff to their own 44-yard line, quarterback David Barrow tossed a 56-yard pass to Hunter Lackey to make it a 6-0 game. The extra point was blocked.
Maiden cruised past East Rutherford in the opening round of the 2A state playoffs. The Blue Devils will play Polk County next Friday in the second round.
Maiden's defense put together a strong performance, and that didn't go unnoticed by coach Brian Brown in the postgame.
"I am proud of our defense tonight; they really stepped it up," Brown said.
Early on, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson found Dakota Painter from 17 yards out to give the Blue Devils (8-4, 6-1) a 7-0 advantage in the first quarter.
The crowd at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh chanted "making history," and that's exactly what the Newton-Conover volleyball team did.
The Lady Red Devils (29-5) won three-straight sets to defeat the previously unbeaten Northeastern Eagles (22-1), winning their first state volleyball championship in school history â€” 25-14, 25-21, 25-19.
"I don't think they had getting beat today in their vocabulary," said N-C coach Linda Richards. "They were very confident from the get-go. I think it showed on the court because it took that confidence to get through some tough times."
Many current electronic devices update clock displays automatically when daylight saving time ends.
For those older household clocks and watches, remember that time falls back an hour Sunday at 2 a.m.
The weekend edition of The O-N-E brings news that the city of Newton is being considered for a reality TV show about matchmaking that will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Also related to TV, an auctioneer and storage unit owners say reality television shows have sparked more interest in storage auctions in the area.
Fire officials suggest that residents check their smoke alarms and change their batteries as the time changes this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night or Sunday morning. The change happens at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Despite 167 rushing yards from running back Jervasse Moss, the Newton-Conover football team's season ended with a 28-13 loss Friday in Harris against Chase.
Newton-Conover (5-6) took an early lead in the game when running back Matt Coulter scored on a 1-yard run. The kick was blocked, leaving the Red Devils with a 6-0 lead.
The Trojans (8-3) answered with two straight scores in the first quarter. Running back Tajae McMullens scored the first â€” a 5-yard run â€” before Chris McMullens scored on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Tyreece Gossett.
Chase led 12-6 at the half.
After successfully earning a playoff berth last week, the dream of a state championship for St. Stephens became a nightmare Friday.
Crest held the Indians to 110 yards of offense, including 70 on the ground from junior running back Jon Sweet. The Chargers collected a 49-0 shutout against St. Stephens in Shelby on Friday, eliminating the Indians from playoff contetion.
After the first quarter ended scoreless, the Chargers scored in three-straight quarters.
Despite leading 13-7 early in its opening round playoff game against Smoky Mountain, Bunker Hill gave up 21 straight points on the way to a 35-13 loss to the Mustangs.
The Bears' season ends with a 6-6 record.
In his final game at Bunker Hill, running back Reggie Davis rushed 25 times for 105 yards. Justin Lynch added 15 carries for 56 yards.
The Mustangs (6-6) were led by a pair of backs, too. Blake Smith rushed 29 times for 142 yards, while Michael George had 13 carries for 103 yards.
Municipal elections, a job-search assistance program and the second round of high school football games are among the things to do this week in Catawba County. Those and other events are below, and you can find more events and news all week long in the print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and in Outlook.
Catawba Valley Community College's Office of Multicultural Affairs will hold a Native American Awareness Celebration from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the college's student center.