January 3rd, 2012
After watching rival Hickory sweep the first-ever all-county swim meet last year, St. Stephens made the best of its second chance.
The Indians, who were girls runners-up and third in boys competition last year, took both titles at the second Catawba County swimming championships Tuesday at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.
The performance came as a surprise to their coach.
â€śWe didnâ€™t think we had won the girls, and we didnâ€™t think we had a shot with the boys title at all,â€ť said Indians coach LeeAnn Privett. â€śThey just swam really well. We werenâ€™t expecting this.â€ť
Bandys 56, West Caldwell 49
Madi Story scored 24 points and Taylor Sigmon added 15 points, leading the Lady Trojans (12-0, 3-0) to their 12th straight win to start this season.
Brittany Dixon scored 23 points for West Caldwell (4-5, 2-1), while Molly Steptoe added 12 points.
Draughn 67, Bunker Hill 42
Margaret Connor and Wilbelis Rojas each poured in 12 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Bears win on Tuesday.
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney's offseason workload should be significantly less stressful than a year ago when it comes to re-signing free agents.
With 57 players either under contract or set to be tendered â€” including 20 of 22 projected starters â€” the Panthers are in pretty good shape personnel-wise as they look toward a promising future behind quarterback Cam Newton.
They don't have nearly as many unanswered questions as a year ago.
Newton will open its swimming pool in summer 2012 at a cost of more than $85,250 for one season.
"It is a quality of life issue," said Newton City Council member Mary Bess Lawing. "I think the pool should be open because it meets a certain need for certain people in the area. Everybody does not have the opportunity to go to a private pool. Everybody does not have a pool in their backyard. Ours is a diversified need. We meet a need if we open that pool."
However, other Newton City Council members argue that the city could meet a greater recreation need elsewhere.
This photo of June Pittman and her cat, Sox, is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Sox went missing several weeks ago in Conover, and Pittman's neighbor Jean Connor found the cat in her attic. For more of the story, visit http://observernewsonline.com/content/conover-cat-trap
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Henry "Hank" Nolan Germond, 91, of Abernethy Laurels retirement community, Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is handling arrangements.
Adam Baker may agree this week to a plea deal on felony charges he faces in Catawba County.
Baker's attorney, Mark Killian, said in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday that he is working with the district 25 attorney's office on a plea agreement on the charges. A plea hearing on Baker's charges is expected as early as today.
Baker, the father of the 10-year-old, Zahra, who was brutally murdered in 2010, is charged in Catawba County with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Baker's charges are unrelated to Zahra's murder.
Newton Assistant City Manager and Planning Director Glenn Pattishall officially retired after more than 28 years with the city.
A reception was held in his honor Tuesday, and Newton City Manager Todd Clark took the opportunity to salute Pattishall's service and present him with a gift bag.
"If it weren't for Glenn, we wouldn't have the jobs we have in this county today," Clark said.
Fetch the scarves, gloves and earmuffs â€” it's cold in Catawba County.
Residents wrapped themselves in warm clothing Tuesday to shield against the coldest temperatures in the area so far this winter.
Temperatures reached 22 degrees in Conover, Maiden and Claremont on Tuesday morning, according to accuweather.com, and wind chills made the air feel like 11 degrees at 6 a.m. in Newton.
High temperatures climbed just above freezing Tuesday.
Charlie Sybrant died Oct. 18, 2009, when a drunk driver struck her near an interstate ramp.
The man who was driving the car that killed the 22-year-old will now spend up to 55 months in prison.
Daniel Whisnant â€” charged with killing Sybrant, injuring another and fleeing the scene â€” pleaded guilty to five charges on Tuesday, including felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by motor vehicle and two counts of felony hit and run with injury. He also pleaded guilty to DWI and driving while his license was revoked.