RALEIGH â€” North Carolina state Sen. Jim Forrester, a physician and social conservative who secured a legislative victory just weeks ago with a constitutional referendum next spring on whether to ban gay marriage, died Monday after a brief hospitalization, according to his daughter. He was 74.
A Conover man is in jail after authorities say he tried to kill a man with a box cutter early Saturday morning.
Authorities say one man stabbed another in the neck when an argument between the men escalated after midnight Saturday near the 2800 block of 12th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.
Hickory police say Andre Douglas Little, 42, of Conover, was arguing with an acquaintance at about 12:16 a.m. Saturday at the Ridgecrest Apartments when he stabbed the man in the neck.
A fellow customer caught a Claremont woman stealing basic hygiene and consumer items at the local Dollar General store on Friday night.
Authorities say Jamie Sartin, 34, of 4243 Jennifer Lane in Claremont, was shopping at the Dollar General on Centennial Boulevard at about 8:50 p.m. Friday when a customer saw her trying to steal several items.
The customer alerted store officials, who found Sartin trying to steal deodorant, toothpaste, oil candles and several other items from the store.
Claremont Police were called and cops charged Sartin with concealment of goods.
From the plates to the polls, from the schools to the sky and everywhere in between, the following list provides a sampling of events happening this week in Catawba County. For more, check back throughout the week at observernewsonline.com, and pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at news stands each day.
Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.
BOONE - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Brian Quick racked up 119 receiving yards as No. 5 Appalachian State upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-18, at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and the ASU defense held off a late rally by the Eagles (7-1, 5-1) to pick up their first win over a top-ranked team since defeating a then No. 1 Georgia Southern squad on Oct. 16, 1999.
The preliminary brackets for the 2A, 2AA, 3A and 3AA playoffs have been released and officially, six Catawba County teams are in the postseason. The brackets became official Saturday evening once all records were verified.
Hosting home games in the first round are Maiden, Bandys and Hickory. The Blue Devils and Trojans are ranked as No. 3 seeds in their portion of the 2A and 2AA brackets, respectively. Both schools will host 5-5 teams in East Rutherford and Ashe County.
The weekend is here and so is The Observer News Enterprise weekend edition.
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I immediately recognized the jury summons mixed in with a load of other junk a letter carrier delivered to the Willard home in August.
I've seen plenty of these yellow summons sheets from Catawba County Superior Court Clerk Al Jean Bogle. It seems employees of The O-N-E make monthly trips to my office with the form in hand and hoping I will help free them from the obligation.
Yes, I have written a few jury duty "excuse" letters for the folks at The O-N-E.
Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.
Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.
Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.
It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.
Maiden 31, Draughn 7â€¨
Maiden the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference runner-up spot with an impressive victory over Draughn, 31-7.
Will Jenkins led the Blue Devils with 214 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns. On defense he collected an interception. Quarterback Matt Johnson rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.
Draughn got on the board first when quarterback Keith Loomis connected with Alex McGee for a 25-yard touchdown.
Maiden trailed for 10 seconds.
On the ensuing kick-off Jose Campos raced 99 yards for a touchdown.