Faith Reidenbach Parsons, 53, of Conover, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at her residence. The Parsons family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Deidra Templeton Lackey left her earthly home on Monday, Dec. 12,
2011, and passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is handling arrangements for the Lackey family.
County officials are urging residents to dispose of their Christmas trees in the correct â€” and legal â€” manner.
Area residents can recycle Christmas trees at five solid waste convenience centers throughout the county through Jan. 31.
The county, in coordination with Garbage Disposal Services (GDS), will also provide curbside collection of trees Jan. 9-20.
Disposal of Christmas trees in regular trash containers is illegal, according to North Carolina law.
Maiden senior Dustin Hipps was honored Saturday as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain during the Panthers' final home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hipps â€” who plays football, baseball and basketball at Maiden â€” received the honor for work in sports, academics and community service.
"It was an exciting and very humbling experience," Hipps said of being honored on the field. "It definitely ranks near the top of my experiences in life. It was pretty cool to be out on the field with those players."
He first learned about the honor in an announcement he received in the mail.
Monday, Dec. 26
No games scheduled
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Catawba Valley Classic
Girls bracket (at CVCC's Tarlton Complex)
No. 1 Hickory vs. No. 8 Bunker Hill, 4:00 p.m.
No. 4 South Caldwell vs. No. 4 Maiden, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Newton-Conover vs. No. 6 Fred T. Foard, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Alexander Central vs. No. 7 St. Stephens, 8:30 p.m.
Boys bracket (at Hickory H.S.)
No. 3 Alexander Central vs. No. 6 Maiden, 4:30 p.m.
No. 1 Hickory vs. No. 8 Bunker Hill, 6 p.m.
No. 2 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 7 South Caldwell, 7:30 p.m.
CHARLOTTE â€” Cam Newton had no shortage of doubters coming into the NFL.
They're much harder to find now.
The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft added to his remarkable season by breaking Peyton Manning's rookie record for yards passing and setting a franchise mark with a 91-yard touchdown toss to Brandon LaFell as the Carolina Panthers handed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their ninth straight defeat, 48-16 on Saturday.
Newton-Conover finished second at its host Red Devil Duals, going 4-1 during the tournament.
The Red Devils (20-1) toppled Durham School of the Arts (48-24), Alexander Central (44-18), Hibriten (58-22) and Enka (37-27) before falling to eventual team champion Piedmont, 35-21.
Four Newton-Conover wrestlers went 5-0 during the tournament, including Ian Canrobert, Coleman Carter, Addison Klutz and Tyler Benfield.
Newton-Conover and Piedmont matched up in last year's championship of the tournament with the Red Devils edging Piedmont, 41-27.
Many local organizations take a break this week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, so the schedule of events in Catawba County is light.
However, there are opportunities to see all seven county high schools in action on the basketball court, as well as a Kwanzaa celebration and a New Year's Eve bash in Hickory.
Ridgeview Library in Hickory will offer a Kwanzaa celebration at 6 p.m. in the Ridgeview Recreational Center.
Christmas has reached the Catawba Valley again.
Inside the Christmas weekend edition of The O-N-E, you can read how the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police made Christmas brighter this week for children of all ages at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center.
You'll also find the story of a golf tournament that incorporated the work and donations of many Hickory Metro organizations that collected gifts and money for needy children.
Before Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police entered J.T. Sainâ€™s hospital room on Tuesday night, he hadnâ€™t eaten in hours.
Sain, a 2-year-old boy, had been in Catawba Valley Medical Center for nearly 48 hours with his mother, Kisha, after suffering an asthma attack earlier in the week.
He had refused most food for almost two days.
However, when Mrs. Claus approached his bedside and slid a couple of Hersheyâ€™s Kisses in his tiny hands, he was quick to unpeel a wrapper, pop one in his mouth and enjoy the chocolate.
Area high schoolers learned about the Holocaust from seven different perspectives this week.
Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) held its first annual Holocaust museum on Wednesday. The museum was designed to educate students from seven different curriculum areas, including mathematics, language arts, drama and science.
Students visited the museum throughout the day on Wednesday and viewed exhibits mostly designed by fellow classmates.
In total, about 360 students viewed the museum, said NCHS Librarian Beverly Hall.