BLACKSBURG, Va. â€” The Virginia Tech police officer who was shot dead at his parked cruiser was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. His death leaves investigators puzzling over how and why a gunman walked up to the patrol car during a traffic stop, killed the officer and wound up dead himself in a nearby parking lot.
The campus shooting prompted officials to lock down the university for hours Thursday while police and SWAT teams searched the school, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Detours are ahead for motorists driving along N.C. 16 as major repairs are planned for a pair of bridges in Conover.
Orange pylons already hint at coming detours for the N.C. 16 bridge over U.S. 70 south of Conover. Meanwhile, repairs will also completely close the N.C. 16 bridge over I-40 in coming weeks.
See complete details on construction plans as well as detour information in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
Maiden outpaced Lincoln Charter 20-3 in the third quarter, allowing them to pull away and pick up the 64-40 victory on Wednesday.
Tyler Steelman led the Blue Devils (2-2) with 12 points. Jason Gantt added 10 points, while Jalen Gibbs scored nine points.
Nathaniel Scoggins and Hunter Dobson each scored in double-digits for Lincoln Charter. Scoggins scored a game-high 14 points, while Dobson added 11 points.
The Blue Devils next play Friday at home against West Lincoln.
Maiden 45, Lincoln Charter 29
After going 0-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half against Newton-Conover, the St. Stephens boys basketball found its stroke.
The Indians (4-2) made four three-pointers in the final half and held off late charge by the Red Devils, including a last-second three that banked off of the rim and out.
Drew Starkey led the Indians with 13 points, while Chris Hefner pitched in nine points.
Tyoun Shufford scored 16 points for N-C (2-2).
Newton-Conover 82, St. Stephens 16
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” Duke played so many games in the first two weeks of the season that coach Mike Krzyzewski's team had relatively little time to refine itself on the practice court. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils are starting to get that chance.
Freshman guard Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night, a successful return from a weeklong break following a lopsided loss at Ohio State.
Frederick “Fred” George Lampe Sr., 86, of Conover, answered final bells one last time and steamed away into the sunset Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. The Lampe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Two bridge construction projects along N.C. 16 Business north and south of Conover will soon detour traffic.
The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) will make repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70 south of downtown Conover and replace the N.C. 16 Business bridge over I-40 north of downtown.
Work on the bridge over U.S. 70 is expected to begin this month, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer with DOT division 12.
According to DOT information, the project will be funded by the state.
A Hickory man is in jail after leading authorities on a chase that ended on Interstate 40 Monday night.
Demetrius Devette Adams, 30, of 2970 12th Ave. SE in Hickory, is in the Catawba County Detention Center after leading officers on a chase that started in Newton.
Authorities say a Newton Police Officer attempted to pull Adams over on U.S. 70 just before midnight Monday after discovering the car he was driving â€” a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria â€” was stolen.
Museum officials say a new, improved lighting system will help artifacts stand the test of time.
The Catawba County Historical Association recently installed high-tech LED lighting in the main hallway and three gallery rooms at the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton.
The system was funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act energy-efficiency grant of $15,000 awarded to the city of Newton earlier this year.
Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a â€śgood causeâ€ť or â€świnter waiverâ€ť that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.