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December 18th

Foard wins Tiger Land, Bandys comes in third

December 18, 2011

Fred T. Foard won its host Tiger Land individual tournament on Saturday. The Tigers scored 233.5 points, easily edging second place Lake Norman, who scored 169 points in the events.

Bandys finished in third place with 117 points, narrowly surpassing the 116 points of Alexander Central.

Thirteen of 14 Tiger wrestlers finished in the top 4 of each weight division, including champions Ben Pitts (132), Ben Hughes (152), Trevor Cook (160), Hayden Albert (170) and Zack Edwards (195).

Caleb Griffin also finished in a runner-up in his weight class.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bears finish third at Porter Ridge

December 18, 2011

Bears finish third at Porter Ridge

The Bunker Hill wrestling team finished third at Saturday's Porter Ridge Invitational.

Indians compete well at Indian Duals

Round 1: West Lincoln 63 Alleghany 9, Kings Mountain 51 Lincolnton 30, St. Stephens 36 Shelby 27, Tuscola 60 Southwest 20.

Round 2: West Lincoln 84 Lincolnton 0, Kings Mountain 45 Alleghany 22, Tuscola 42 St. Stephens 34, Southwest 42 Shelby 36.

December 17th

Panthers try to stop AFC South champion Texans

December 18, 2011

HOUSTON — The setbacks finally seemed to catch up to the Houston Texans in Cincinnati last week.

It had all been going remarkably well — while one key player after another went down with a major injury, Houston somehow continued to win.

At last, the Texans had run into a team good enough to beat them, and the Bengals had them down 16-3 at halftime, and 19-13 with just over two minutes left.

But not even that was too much for depleted Houston to overcome.

December 16th

Cougars sweep Tigers in NWC basketball action

December 17, 2011

Tied late in the third quarter, the Lady Cougars of Alexander Central pulled ahead in the closing moments of the game and held off a late Foard surge to win 41-38 on Thursday.

Maddie Suddreth led Alexander Central (7-1, 2-0) with 22 points, while Marie Ritchie added 12 points.

Scoring a game-high 24 points was Foard’s Brooke Robinson. Teammate Chelsea Turner added 14 points for Foard (4-4, 0-2).

Alexander Central 48, Fred T. Foard 36

Indians split with South Caldwell on basketball court

December 17, 2011

Down 45-39 entering the fourth quarter, the St. Stephens boys basketball team scored 20 points in the final quarter, lifting them past South Caldwell, 59-55, for its first conference win of the season.

Drew Starkey scored a career-high 19 points, while Jordan James added 15 points in the victory for St. Stephens (6-3, 1-1).

Jordan Propst scored 30 points, leading South Caldwell (3-5, 0-2).

South Caldwell 56, St. Stephens 35

Panthers Smith says no comparing Newton to Tebow

December 17, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said when it comes to comparing Cam Newton to Tim Tebow there is no comparison.

Smith said time will prove Newton is by far the better NFL quarterback.

"If Tebow is standing next to me I would tell it to his face — come check me out in five years, Jack, and you'll know who's the best quarterback," Smith said.

Catawba County's week ahead

December 16, 2011

Events slow down in the Hickory Metro this week as Christmas approaches, but many churches are holding special holiday services.

Newton-Conover High School will also offer a free lunch for the needy on Thursday.

To submit events for Catawba County's Week Ahead and The Observer News Enterprise print edition, e-mail observernewsonline.com. Be sure to include dates, times and contact information for more information.

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December 16, 2011

Frances Helen Roseman Goble, 89, of Claremont, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Goble family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Maiden to mull town, Apple annexations

December 16, 2011

Maiden will look to annex more property belonging to Apple Inc. on Monday.

The town will hold public hearings on several voluntary annexations on Monday, including one involving additions to Apple Inc.’s growing property base on Startown Road.

Town officials say Apple recently purchased four parcels of property on Startown Road across the street from its current Apple Data Center site.

The additions add about 16 acres to Apple’s existing land.

A voluntary annexation means the company — Apple — asked to be annexed into town limits, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.

County considers incentive to lure jobs

December 16, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners will look to approve an incentive agreement on Monday that could bring up to 80 new jobs to the area.

Last week, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) announced that German-based manufacturer Punker LLC plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Hickory. The expansion will bring at least 62 jobs to the area, with the potential to create 80 new jobs.

Punker produces fan parts for the HVAC and exhaust industries. The company's Hickory plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the United States, according to the CCEDC.

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