October 21st, 2011
Newton-Conover came up short on a critical fourth-and-18 hook-and-lateral play with under one minute to play, and as a result, the Red Devils came up short on an upset win over undefeated South Iredell.
After trailing 7-0, the home-standing Red Devils scored 12 unanswered points to take a lead over the Vikings. A 10-yard run by quarterback Kevin Cline and a five-yard run by Matt Coulter put Newton-Conover ahead 12-7 in the second quarter.
South Iredellâ€™s Cameron Mattox regained the lead before halftime, 15-12, but the game was far from finished.
Bandysâ€™ defense muzzled East Burke, while the Trojansâ€™ Dominique Young rushed for four touchdowns to help lift his team to a 45-6 win over the Cavaliers.
After leading 27-0 at halftime, Bandys allowed the only East Burke points in the early going of the second half. The Cavaliers Chuckie Ritchie scored on a 27-yard passing play to put East Burke on the board, 27-6.
Bandys responded immediately, marching down the field and Young scored on a 39-yard touchdown run, his fourth scoring run of the night. Young finished the night with 178 yards on 19 carries.
Conover residents have a chance to meet municipal candidates before heading to the polls this election season.
The Conover Downtown Merchants Association hosts a candidate meet and greet for residents on Monday from 5-7 p.m. on Main Street.
Candidates running for Conover City Council and the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will be present. Each candidate will set up a table on sidewalks along Main Street.
Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth â€” both in jobs and services â€” as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.
If youâ€™ve ever wondered if your boss or buddy swings to the political right or left, just look online.
Personal information for all 99,847 registered voters in Catawba County is on the Internet.
The information spreads much further than political party and precinct, too. Votersâ€™ home addresses, ages and even home telephone numbers can be found on a Catawba County datasheet.
Catawba County Board of Elections officials say the information is public and is simply an online version of a list residents have always been able to request.
Carl Jenkins says an increasing number of families hold unique services to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost.
He says an upgrade under way at Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton will help the business improve those services.
The funeral home broke ground this week on a new outdoor pavilion. The structure â€” 61 feet by 30 feet â€”will include a picnic-style shelter with ceiling fans, outdoor lighting and plumbing for restrooms.
Families will be able to share meals at the grave site of their loved ones after funerals.
A shooting at a Maiden fire station could have been much worse.
Suspects fired two shots into Maiden Fire Departmentâ€™s station on Startown Road in the past 24-48 hours.
No one was injured in the shooting, but the rounds damaged the stationâ€™s glass bay doors and hit one fire engine.
Police and fire officials believe suspects fired the rounds from the roadside on Startown Road within the last day or two.
Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps said one firefighter was at the station as late as 1:30 a.m. Friday, and police are still investigating the shooting.
On the first day of early voting in Catawba County, about 54 residents cast their votes for municipal elections. Election officials say the turnout is fairly normal for a municipal election.
By noon on Thursday, 33 residents had visited the Newton Main Library to vote for mayoral, council and school board elections throughout the county.
One-stop early voting continues at Newton Main Library today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and begins at the Highland Recreation Center at 8 a.m. on Monday. Election Day is Nov. 8.
Kenneth Ronald Danner, 58, of Newton, died unexpectedly Oct. 19, 2011. The Danner family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Graham Frank Clifford of Denver (formerly Stanley), died Friday Oct. 14, 2011. Frank was 89 and died at the Sherrills Ford Hospice House after a 20-year fight with prostate cancer. Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley is serving the Clifford family.
On Feb. 14, Michael Joseph Anderson called 9-1-1 to say he had brutally killed a man.
Anderson said he overdosed on pills and shot his roommate, Stephen Starr, three times before mutilating his body with an axe.
â€śI did some things to the body that you donâ€™t want them to see,â€ť he said during the phone call.
Tammy Saunders, a Catawba County 9-1-1 telecommunicator, was on the other end of the call throughout Anderson's disturbing confession.
Fred T. Foard finished strong in its regular season finale against Hickory, beating the Lady Red Tornadoes on their Senior Night, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17.
The Lady Tigersâ€™ win is the second of the season against a Hickory squad it hadnâ€™t beaten in three years.
â€śIt feels good that it was a win against Hickory,â€ť said Foard coach Alison Yount. â€śThatâ€™s always a big deal. They are tough. They have gotten better. Theyâ€™ve improved a lot during the course of the season. I think they gave us a really good match tonight.â€ť