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January 14th, 2012

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians edged in OT by Hickory

January 14, 2012

Behind 12 points from Zach Jarrett and 10 points from Raheim Connelly, the Red Tornadoes (15-2, 5-0) continued their undefeated play in the Northwestern 3A/4A with an overtime victory against St. Stephens.

Drew Starkey led the Indians (11-6, 3-2) with 18 points, while Jordan James added 12 points.

Bunker Hill 65, Maiden 42

Behind 17 points from Jordan McGinnis and 13 points from J'lean Wilson, the Bears earned improved to 3-13 overall and 3-4 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a victory against the Blue Devils.

Jerebko leads Pistons over Bobcats, 98-81

January 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The Detroit Pistons got back in the win column Friday night, while the Charlotte Bobcats got a talking to from owner Michael Jordan.

Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and the Pistons won the race to three victories Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-81 to snap a six-game losing streak.

Both teams entered the game with identical 2-9 records and on lengthy losing streaks.

January 13th

Catawba County's week ahead

January 13, 2012

Citizens across Catawba County will pause Monday to celebrate and remember the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Events include marches, speakers and a theater production.

Many public offices will be closed Monday for the holiday.
Happenings this week include:

Monday
The Catawba County branch of the NAACP will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a march at 11 a.m. from St. Paul United Methodist Church to the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

A program will begin at noon at the courthouse, with Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education member Betty Coulter the speaker.

Conover approves manufacturing center contracts

January 13, 2012

Conover is inching closer to bringing the Manufacturing Solutions Center to Conover Station.

Conover City Council approved a lease agreement with Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on Thursday that will make a new home for the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC).

The city also approved a contract with MSC, which is currently located on CVCC’s East Campus.

MSC employs about 36 full- and part-time workers who collaborate with companies around the world to develop and improve their products to go to market.

MLK Day events scheduled

January 13, 2012

A variety of events across Catawba County today will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Newton

* Monday march
The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP event will begin at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Monday and end at the downtown courthouse square.

* Monday ceremony
An MLK Jr. program will follow the march at noon Monday at the courthouse square. Betty Coulter, a Newton-Conover City Schools board member, will be the speaker.

* Food drive

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 13, 2012

Pattie “Priscilla” Turner Drum, 79, of Drum Drive, Maiden, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Drum Family. 

Ray Bandy Beal, 89, of Newton, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at his residence.  The Beal family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Nighttime I-40 closures begin Monday

January 13, 2012

N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin overnight closures of Interstate 40 East in Catawba County on Monday for construction work.

Workers will begin a concrete pavement grooving project in the closed section from exits 130-133 through Conover.

The closure will begin at 9 p.m. each night and last through 6 a.m. the next morning. In a press release, NCDOT did not include information about the length of the project or closures.

Auto show rolls into Hickory

January 13, 2012

The inaugural Carolina Auto Racing Show kicked off Friday and continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center off Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.


The show features a variety of vendors from across the nation who are showcasing and selling products for racers, drivers and car fans.

The show also features models of various types of race cars.


Show officials expect to give away thousands of dollars in door prizes, too.

ASI Racewear, a race apparel company based in New York, is one of many vendors that is providing a display at the show.

Car hits Newton police officer

January 13, 2012

A Newton police officer was transported to the hospital after being struck by a car just before noon Friday.

NPD Officer Evalenne Fowler, 86, was walking north across “A” Street at Main Avenue when she was hit by an older model mustang.


Fowler, a parking enforcement officer who patrols downtown Newton, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries in her left leg and hip, Yarborough said.

The driver of the mustang, Linda P. Holland, 64, of Newton, was cited for failure to yield to a crosswalk, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

Sex offender jailed for Facebook site

January 13, 2012

A Hickory sex offender is in jail for having a Facebook site.
Catawba County sheriff’s deputies arrested Rusty Ryan Anderson, 21, of 1398 Finger Bridge Road in Hickory, on Wednesday after authorities discovered Anderson was unlawfully operating a Facebook social media page.

According to North Carolina General Statutes, registered sex offenders are prohibited from using social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other site that provides social introduction for the purposes of friendship, meeting people or information exchanges, according to General Statute 14-202.5.

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