January 18th, 2012
Francina Owens was sitting in her driverâ€™s education class Wednesday morning when she heard a voice on a loudspeaker.
â€śSecurity code red. The campus is on lockdown. This is not a test,â€ť the voice said.
Owens, a Maiden resident, was one of nearly 1,000 students on Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s East Campus when an employee spotted what appeared to be a gunman in a parking lot in front of the school.
Both the east and main campuses at CVCC were on lockdown for nearly four hours as area SWAT teams searched buildings for the suspect.
Authorities never found the reported gunman.
Traffic is returning to normal on N.C. 16 Business near downtown Conover â€” for now.
This week, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70. Meanwhile, work is expected to begin soon to replace an aging N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40.
Repairs to the bridge over U.S. 70 were the result of a truck scraping underneath and damaging the bridge, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer who works in Catawba and Lincoln counties.
About 5,000 people were on lockdown at Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s two campuses Wednesday after someone reported a gunman on school property.
Area SWAT teams intensively searched CVCCâ€™s east and main campuses for nearly four hours after a school employee spotted what they thought was a man with a gun in the East Campus parking lot.
The supposed gunman was never located.
Conover firefighters found a man dead inside a burning vehicle Tuesday morning. Get all the current details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E, and visit www.observernewsonline.com for updated information as it becomes available.
The O-N-E was first to report Newton leadersâ€™ vote to relax rules for temporary signs promoting special events for businesses and civic clubs. The decision was divided and one city planning commission member said â€śunlimited signs will lead to a trash-dump-looking city.â€ť
See the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E for complete details.
Keeping pace near the top of the Northwestern conference, the St. Stephens boys basketball survived small runs by Watauga to win its fourth NWC game of the season.
â€śYou have to win conference games, especially conference games at home,â€ť said Indians coach Murphy Post. â€śWatauga is a good team. Any chance we have to win a conference game at home, thatâ€™s big for us, as far as playoff position and trying to contend to move up the ladder a little bit.â€ť
Kerigan Fairley scored 16 points and Dillion Spencer added 11 points to lead the Indians (12-6, 4-2).
Behind 18 points each from Dasia Tipps and Kadesha Gibbs, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team improved to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a 78-28 thrashing of West Caldwell on Tuesday.
Taylor Petty added 16 points for N-C in the victory, while Shynese Whitener scored 11 points.
Draughn 58, Maiden 52
Despite being outscored by four points in the final quarter, the Lady Wildcats edged the Lady Blue Devils in Valdese on Tuesday.
Lauren Duckworth scored a game-high 22 points for Draughn (10-7, 3-4), while Haley Broadwell added 12 points.
ORLANDO, Fla. â€” Dwight Howard had 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the Charlotte Bobcats 96-89 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 15 and Von Wafer 13 as the Magic won for the 10th time in 12 games.
Gerald Henderson had 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost eight of its last nine. The Bobcats are also winless in their last five trips to Orlando.
This photo of Newton Police Department parking enforcement officer Evaleene Fowler is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Fowler, known by many in the community, was hit by a car Friday in downtown Newton. The 86-year-old officer was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
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After Conover Police found a dead body inside a crashed vehicle Tuesday morning, police investigators say they believe the driver suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck off Reese Drive.
"It appears there was no foul play involved," Conover City Manager Donald Duncan said, adding that the wreck occurred about 9:45 a.m., according to Conover Police investigators. "A gentleman suffered from a medical condition while he was driving, went off the road, impacted a tree and ignited the fuel tank and was burned severely."
Regional industry leaders are assembling pieces to rebuild a machine that once powered western North Carolina's economy â€”manufacturing.
A growing list of manufacturers have brought jobs and an economic boost to Catawba County in the past two years, and economic development officials hope to continue that trend.