February 10th, 2012
CHARLOTTE â Derrick Rose can afford to take a night or two off with the way the Chicago Bulls are playing â 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.
The 2012 election season gets under way this week in Catawba County as filing begins Monday for a variety of seats.
For those who have already tuned out the year's political events, there's also a home show and several musical performances. One will benefit an area school's backpack program.
The Dinosaurs exhibit also continues at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory.
For more on this week's events, read on.
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Police arrested the husband of a Conover city councilwoman Friday on charges he assaulted a disabled man at a city meeting Feb. 6.
Kenneth Rowe Herman, 71, husband of councilwoman Jan Herman, is charged with assault on a handicapped person. He was released from the Catawba County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond and was given a March 14 court date.
The charge stems from an incident that occurred Monday night at Conoverâs monthly city council meeting.
They fell in love when he was 16, and she was 14. They never married, and there was never anyone else. Now, 14 years later Derick Willis and Angela Seagle will marry Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. And, they expect quite a crowd â in fact, a âcourthouseâ full of friends and family.
Willis and Seagle will make Valentineâs Day their wedding day by saying âI doâ at the Register of Deeds office in Catawba County.
Anner Belle Drum Mitchem, 77, of Newton, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Mitchem family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Frances Morrow Gilbert, 79, of Maiden, died Feb. 10, 2012, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Gilbert family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Election season will officially get under way Monday, as filing begins for county, state and federal offices.
The 2012 filing period will last from noon Monday until noon Feb. 29.
County offices up for election include the Catawba County register of deeds and two seats for the county board of commissioners.
Republican commissioner incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker have both said they intend to run for re-election. Republican Kevin Spiva, a former Maiden councilman from 2001-06, announced he intends to challenge the incumbent members for one of the two seats.
Sharp spelling skills help when it comes to Newton-Conover Education Foundation's annual Red Hot Spelling Bee, but they aren't required.
"All you really need is enough money to get your team to the championship round," said NCEF President Debbie Bandy, "and you can contend for a spelling bee championship."
Not only can competitors buy their way into championship contention, they can even rely on a little help from their friends.
Nippy air brushed the faces of Tuttle Elementary students as they entered the school building Friday morning.
Inside, piles of jeans lined the school's halls.
Thanks to Tuttle's students, and many donors in Maiden and surrounding communities, the jeans will soon warm the cold bodies of needy citizens in the region.
"You've got to know that you've made a huge difference in the lives of more than 2,500 people, because that's how many jeans you've collected," Principal DeAnna Finger told Tuttle's student body during Friday morning school announcements.
After the husband of a Conover City Council member allegedly struck a citizen during a council meeting, charges are expected to be filed today.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com for updates as soon as they are available, and get more details on the altercation in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and online here: http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/charges-loom-after-meeting-alt....
Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the schoolâs first state wrestling champion.
Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils.Â
His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.
Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.