The colors of the holiday season are on full display in greenhouses throughout the Catawba County Schools system - and theyâ€™re on display in The O-N-E, too.
Be sure to get a copy of the Tuesday O-N-E for photos and stories about area high school studentsâ€™ efforts to grow poinsettias - and their experience. Readers will also find out how to support this learning initiative - while adding holiday color to their homes - in The O-N-Eâ€™s coverage online, http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/sales-support-students.
Trailing by two entering the fourth, Hickory powered its way to 24 points in the final quarter, lifting the Lady Red Tornadoes past Newton-Conover, 59-48.
It was about as even as it could get in the early going. Newton-Conover (2-1) and Hickory (4-0) both scored nine points in the first quarter and 16 points in the second quarter, leaving the game tied 25-25 at halftime.
A two-point cushion entering the fourth quarter gave the Lady Red Devils hope they could come away with the victory, but that all changed in the fourth.
Hickory hit 14 three-pointers Monday against Newton-Conover, which helped propel them to a dominant 87-43 victory over the visiting Red Devils.
Jalen Byrd helped his team right out of the gate, scoring 12 of Hickory's 25 points in the first quarter â€” two of which came from three-point territory. He finished with a game-high 14 points.
Also strong for Hickory was Raheim Connelly, who netted four three-pointers and scored 12 points in the game.
The Red Tornadoes led 48-18 at the halftime break.
Fannie Lou Newton Sigmon, 83, of Taylors, S.C., died Dec. 5, 2011, after a brief illness at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, S.C. Familes will be at their respective homes.
Ethel Mae Rinehardt Barkley, 86, of Walker Road, Maiden, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Barkley Family.
County officials are moving along with a sewer project that they say will benefit three Catawba County Schools and more than 20 residences.
The Bunker Hill/ Oxford Sewer Project will provide municipal sewer service to Bunker Hill High School, Oxford Elementary School and River Bend Middle School, in addition to about 20 homes in the area.
On Monday, county commissioners agreed to award the bid for construction to Neill Grading and Construction Company, of Hickory.
The total project will cost about $1.9 million, with construction costing about $1.5 million.
Students at three Catawba County high schools are trading holiday decorations in exchange for more learning opportunities.
Bandys, St. Stephens and Bunker Hill high school classes are selling poinsettias to support their greenhouse programs.
Students have learned about the plants and how they grow, and the community can now purchase the products of those lessons.
"It gives the kids an opportunity to see how to grow the crops," said Shannon Vanhoy, an agriculture and horticulture teacher at Bandys.
Danny Montgomery says plants are like humans.
"They have to have the right food, right temperature and the right foundation," he said.
"A plant's foundation is soil. They have to have the right nutrients, like humans."
Students in Montgomery's Horticulture I class at Bunker Hill High School are growing poinsettias this semester.
At the same time, Montgomery is growing his students in preparation for real careers in agriculture and other industries.
CHARLOTTE â€” Kurt Busch and Penske Racing parted ways Monday after six bumpy seasons, a split that clouds the former champion's future in NASCAR as he embarks on a personal journey to reclaim his passion for racing.
Both the team and driver said ending the relationship was a "mutual agreement," but most believe Busch was fired in the fallout of yet another embarrassing incident. A fan caught Busch on video verbally abusing an ESPN reporter during last month's season finale, and Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR after the clip was posted on YouTube.
Prep basketball, wrestling and swimming dot the local sports schedule this week. Lenoir-Rhyne and CVCC also hit the hardwood this week for games.
Monday, Dec. 5
Newton-Conover basketball at Hickory
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Bandys wrestling at Alexander
Bunker Hill basketball at Fred T. Foard
Maiden basketball at St. Stephens
North Lincoln/SouthLake Christian/Hibriten at Maiden wrestling
Northwestern 3A/4A meeting at Lenoir-Rhyne
CVCC men's basketball at Caldwell CCTI
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball
Christmas activities highlight events this week in Catawba County.
Conover will light its tree downtown, Hickory will march its annual parade, an ensemble will sing Christmas tunes in Hickory and Newton senior adults will dance to a variety of music.
A chili and pottery fundraiser, bridge-building contest and several community information sessions also dot the schedule.
Read on for more details and pick up copies of The Observer News Enterprise throughout the week at county newsstands for the latest on events, breaking news, daily comics, opinions and more.