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February 13th, 2012

Three file in county board race

February 13, 2012

Four candidates filed for county and state office on Tuesday, the official “opening day” for the 2012 election season.

Filing for local, county and state offices started at noon and will continue through Feb. 29. Filing for the Catawba County Schools Board of Education lasts from June 4 to July 6.

Three candidates filed for Catawba County Board of Commissioners, including incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker. Challenger and former Maiden councilman Kevin Spiva also formally entered the race.

State to lower speed limit on rural road

February 13, 2012

Transportation officials are granting the wishes of an area resident who voiced safety concerns recently about his rural Catawba County road.

Woman stabbed in Maiden feud

February 13, 2012

A Maiden woman was hospitalized after being stabbed in the parking lot of an area convenience store.

Police say the stabbing stemmed from a verbal altercation between two women at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Shell gas station at 610 E. Main St. in Maiden.

Francis Blancher, 41, of Maiden, was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center's Lincoln campus after being stabbed in the abdomen with a knife.

Blancher was discharged from the hospital as of 9 a.m. Monday, according to a representative of CMC-Lincoln.  

Deputy shoots, kills man

February 13, 2012

Authorities in Alexander County say a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who threatened him with an ax.

Sheriff Chris Bowman said deputies were called Sunday night to a home where the wife of 47-year-old William Frederick Ippolito was staying with a friend.

Ippolito and his wife had recently separated, and Bowman said Ippolito assaulted the friend.

Bowman said Ippolito drove home, and later opened the door holding the ax.

Catawba County sports schedule

February 13, 2012

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Watauga-Foard girls winner at Hickory, 6:30 p.m.
St. Stephens-Alexander Central winner vs. Hibriten-South Caldwell winner at Hickory H.S., 8 p.m.
L-R baseball at Wingate, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Bunker Hill-Newton-Conover girls winner vs. West Caldwell-South Iredell, 6:30 p.m. at CVCC's Tarlton Complex
Bandys-West Caldwell boys winner vs. Bunker Hill-Draughn, 8 p.m. at CVCC's Tarlton Complex
Fred T. Foard-St. Stephens winner vs. Hibriten-Alexander Central, 8 p.m. at Hickory H.S.
CVCC men's basketball at Patrick Henry C.C., 6 p.m.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

February 13, 2012

Monday, Feb. 13
Bunker Hill at Newton-Conover girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden at Bandys girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Bandys boys basketball at West Caldwell, 6:30 p.m.
Bunker Hill boys basketball at Draughn, 6:30 p.m.
Maiden boys basketball at Newton-Conover, 8 p.m.
Watauga at Fred T. Foard girls basketball, 7 p.m.
St. Stephens at Alexander Central girls basketball, 6:30 p.m.
Fred T. Foard at St. Stephens boys basketball, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Watauga-Foard girls winner at Hickory, 6:30 p.m.

Griffin, Paul lead Clippers over Bobcats 111-86

February 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Blake Griffin can't remember ever receiving an ovation from an opposing crowd after leaving a game.

But he got one Saturday night after an impressive performance that included several highlight-reel dunks in the Los Angeles Clippers' 111-86 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Griffin finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds before leaving the game with a little more than six minutes remaining.

"That might be a first," Griffin said of the ovation. "That was pretty cool."

February 10th

Hickory sweeps Foard in season finale

February 11, 2012

A 13-5 fourth quarter propelled the Hickory boys basketball team to a 54-40 win against Fred T. Foard on Friday.

The victory earns the Red Tornadoes (21-3, 11-1) a share of the regular season NWC title.

Jalen Byrd led Hickory with 12 points, while C.J. Wardrick added 10 points and Zach Jarrett pitched in eight points.

Jordan Turner scored a game-high 15 points for Foard (13-10, 3-9), including 13 points in the first half. Daniel Tomberlin added six points.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bandys, N-C earn share of CVAC

February 11, 2012

Bandys and Newton-Conover both earned victories Friday in girls basketball, earning them both a share of the regular season Catawba Valley 2A basketball crown.

Behind 18 points from Brittany Moss, the Trojans (22-1, 13-1) picked up a dominant 75-15 win against Bunker Hill on Friday.

Jesse Story added 14 points in the victory, while Madi Story recorded seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Lady Red Devils (21-3, 13-1) topped West Caldwell (9-11, 7-7), 75-36, on the road.

Maiden 53, Draughn 50

Bulls top Bobcats 95-64, move to 5-1 without Rose

February 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Derrick Rose can afford to take a night or two off with the way the Chicago Bulls are playing — especially when the opponent is the worst team in the NBA.

Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and the Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP.

The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.

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