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August 11th, 2011

Hickory bats struggle in loss

August 12, 2011

One day after shutting out Kannapolis on the diamond, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the visiting Intimidators on Wednesday.

Kannapolis pitchers allowed three Hickory hits, and the Intimidators (63-49, 26-18) scored three runs — one in the second, seventh and eighth — on their way to the victory on the baseball diamond.

A home run by first basemen Dan Black to left field off of Hickory Crawdads’ starter Ben Henry (4-2, 2.66) gave the Intimidators a lead they held for a majority of the baseball game.

Mangum, Mullins named head coaches

August 12, 2011

Two coaching vacancies in the area have been filled.

Brad Mangum has been hired to coach the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team, while Denise Mullins takes over the St. Stephens’ volleyball program. Both hirings were officially approved Thursday.

Mangum, a 2001 graduate of South Caldwell High School, is a teacher assistant at Fred T. Foard.

He brings coaching experience from girls and boys basketball, including assisting the girls basketball program at South Caldwell from 2002-08 under coach Jeff Parham.

Indians brush paths with Crest in scrimmage

August 12, 2011

As high school football scrimmages continue in the area, St. Stephens welcomed Crest High School on the football field Wednesday.

The Indians and Trojans participated in a few drills, including 7-on-7 offensive and defensive drills, inside drills, 1-on-1 drills with wide receivers and defensive backs, a team session and a 20-minute varsity game situation.

First-ever O-N-E Classic is Saturday

August 12, 2011

For the first time, The Observer News Enterprise is hitting the links, but you don’t have to own expensive golf equipment or be an experienced duffer to join in the fun.

With the inaugural edition of The O-N-E Classic on Saturday, Catawba County’s community newspaper is inviting area residents to join in a fun afternoon of mini-golf at Pin Station, and in the process, they can help a good cause — education.

Engineering a generation

August 11, 2011

As Nathan Miller showed off his newly built robot, he didn’t miss a beat. 
Displaying the ins and outs of his small machine made of tiny bits of Lego, he explained precisely why his creation is superior to the competition.


“Our robot is flat, so if someone else’s ultrasonic sensor is taller, it will go right over ours,” he said. “We made a wall shield in the front that will scoop up their robot and take it away, too.”

Friday, August 12, 2011

August 11, 2011

Virginia Marie Shook Gilbert, 87, of Conover passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at Carillon Assisted Living of Newton.  The Gilbert family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

William “Bill” Louis Wray, 77, of Claremont passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Wray family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Police seize coke from infant’s room

August 11, 2011

Police arrested two Newton residents who were hiding powder cocaine in a infant’s bedroom.

Authorities seized 186 grams of powder cocaine and $9,000 in cash from 911 S. Brady Ave. in Newton on Wednesday afternoon after Newton Police Department, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Hickory Police Department served a search warrant at the residence.

Newton Police Chief Don Brown said the suspects were hiding the cocaine inside an infant’s bedroom.

Teacher fired for 'inappropriate relationship with student

August 11, 2011

A Catawba County Schools middle school teacher was fired Thursday for an "inappropriate" relationship with a high school student.

Catawba County Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to terminate Mill Creek Middle School teacher Charles "Chuck" Settlemyre for six stated reasons, according to CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger. All of those reasons were related to "inappropriate conversation and contact with a student," he said. The contact occurred during the spring semester of the 2010 school year, he said.

Newton Zumbas for good cause

August 11, 2011

Area citizens will step, spin and sway tonight to raise funds for a Newton child who lost her mother to multiple brain aneurysms earlier this year.

The Perfect Workout expects at least 60 people to dance in a Zumbathon tonight at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church to raise money for the child of Nina Marie Leavitt Watkins, who passed away in June from multiple brain aneurysms.

Watkins was a member of The Perfect Workout and first felt sick while working out at the gym June 6, said Perfect Workout Owner Sharon Rashidi.

Newton’s own cake boss: Tojo Bakery

August 11, 2011

Family, delicious food and more than nine years of experience all create the perfect recipe for Tojo Bakery’s success.

Barbara Tojo and her husband, George Tojo, set up shop in 2002 as a family-run bakery after originally moving to the U.S. from Cuba.

“We moved from Cuba to Miami, Florida, and lived there for three years and worked in a bakery,” Barbara said. “Then we had a friend tell us to move here (North Carolina) and we worked in a factory for a couple of years.”

While the Tojos found the job at the factory as good experience, they wanted to return to working in a bakery.

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