January 20th, 2012
A Catawba County hero is finally home.
â€¨A Patriot Guard of more than 60 motorcycles, police and two military vehicles carried the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Willie Dennis Hill back to the county Friday afternoon, nearly 62 years after he was reported missing and presumed dead during the Korean War.
â€¨Hill was born and raised in Catawba. He was originally listed as missing in action in November 1950 during combat action between the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Volunteer Forces and the United Nations Command forces in the vicinity of Anju, North Korea.
Thelma Jane Long Winebarger, 77, of Shang Lane, Conover, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton is handling arrangements.
Police have identified a man who died in a fiery car crash in Conover on Tuesday.â€¨
The victim, Gordon John Robinson, 64, of Asheville, was found dead inside a crashed vehicle shortly after 9:45 a.m. Tuesday off Reese Drive in Conover.
Authorities believe Robinson suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck, and Conover police are treating the incident as a traffic accident until they receive results from the coroner, said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.
Newton's downtown district may get a historic revitalization boost by late March.
The N.C. National Register Advisory Committee will soon review a nomination that the city's downtown district be added to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.
The proposed downtown historic district is bound by 2nd Street, North Forney Avenue, "A" Street and North Ashe Avenue.
Thereâ€™s no new leads from Wednesdayâ€™s reported gunman at Catawba Valley Community College, and a review of the school's 24-hour video surveillance revealed nothing.
More details from this weekâ€™s campus lockdown and evacuation in the Friday edition of The O-N-E, along with the latest information on police and school leadersâ€™ review of their response to the security threat.
Beyond GeoDome: students at Jacobs Fork Middle School entered a new inflatable theater that delivers lessons about climate change: www.observernewsonline.com/content/mobile-science-center-visits-jacobs-fork.
â€śBig Daddyâ€ť just got a little bigger.
St. Stephens High School named Chris Bunting, the defensive coordinator for the Indians football team last season, as its newest head coach Thursday.
Bunting replaces Fred Whalen, who stepped down after two seasons in the post.
â€śWe have a great community here,â€ť Bunting said at a Thursday press conference at the school. â€śWe have a great support system with our principal and athletic director. We have an amazing faculty and our kids are fantastic. We have things in place that are very good for us.â€ť
Each of the 11 players on the CVCC menâ€™s basketball team scored at least one point Thursday against Patrick Henry, leading the Bucs to a 100-75 home win.
Justin Lail guided CVCC (6-9) with 19 points, while Will White and Anthony Hilliard scored 15 points each. Terrence Pol added a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Six players fouled out in the game, including five for Patrick Henry (8-5). Due to their foul trouble, the Patriots played with three players in the remaining minute of the game.
Lenoir-Rhyneâ€™s Stephan Arcieri has been named a â€śPlayer To Watchâ€ť in the Southeast region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The designation is part of the 2012 NCAA Div. II ABCA/Rawlings Preseason All-American Team.
Arcieri, a senior outfielder from Roswell, Ga., finished third on the team last season in hitting (.350) while starting 45 of the squadâ€™s 47 games.
Arcieri also led the team in hits (62) to go along with 12 stolen bases, 35 runs scored, three triples, 76 total bases and 26 runs batted in.
At least 11 people died and more are missing after the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed into a reef off the coast of Italy.
The crash was the most recent disaster in a history of mishaps for the cruise industry.
Considering that history, would you board a cruise ship? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.
Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's reader poll on racism and discrimination in Catawba County.
Few things compare to the stateâ€™s â€śGeoDomeâ€ť theater. Â
Floating at about 20-feet tall and 50 feet in circumference, the mobile and inflatable dome is a theater inside a pod.
However, this theater doesnâ€™t showcase the newest hit comedy or major motion picture. It surrounds viewers with a scientific topic far more imperative â€” marine life and climate change. Â Â