The final home game of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolinaâ€™s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizonaâ€™s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory â€“ his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthersâ€™ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
â€śYouâ€™re supposed to win games,â€ť Clausen said. â€śThis was big for us going into the next two games and next year.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s girls varsity team improved to 2-0 in conference play Friday night, with a 59-47 win over Bandys.
The Trojans took an early 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter and take the momentum.
â€śWe talked about coming out and going right at them,â€ť said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. â€śWe knew we had to come out and be aggressive and match their intensity. Bandys has been scoring a lot of points lately, so it was important we set the tempo.â€ť
James Garland “Bull” Newsome Sr., 82, of Newton, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Newsome family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory of Newton.
An alleged rape was reported Thursday in Conover.
Conover Police are investigating the incident, which allegedly occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said investigator John Little, of the Conover Police Department.
Little said the incident is a "family situation," and the victim knew the attacker. He declined to comment further about the people involved in the incident and where in Conover it allegedly occurred.
The event was reported Thursday about 5:45 p.m., and Little said there was no other physical violence involved besides the alleged rape.
A paralyzing health condition didn't keep a 19-year-old Hickory resident from giving to others.
Amber Stewart, who has spinal muscular atrophy since birth, decided she wanted to help children by giving them Christmas presents they might not otherwise receive. Her project started off with the idea to give to patients at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, but plans changed. Catawba County Department of Social Services became the recipients of Stewart's gifts.
The Hickory woman charged for obstructing the investigation into her stepdaughter's disappearance had her case continued in court Friday.
Elisa Baker, 42, of Hickory, was scheduled to appear in Catawba County District Court on Friday for four worthless check charges unrelated to the disappearance and death of her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker.
The case against Elisa Baker was continued to April 22, but she didn't appear Friday in court. Her attorney, Scott Reilly, appeared in her place.
A homeowner took matters into his own hands Friday when a thief attempted to rob his home.
A suspect entered a home on East Maiden Road on Friday about 1 p.m. in an apparent attempted larceny, said Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish.
The suspect, upon entering the house, saw the homeowner was still in the residence and didn't continue the larceny attempt.
Fish said the homeowner saw the intruder and thought the attempted thief had a gun. As the intruder left the residence, the homeowner grabbed a gun and fired several shots into the intruder's car.
An area high school honored diversity in the classroom Friday with a celebration of dancing, food and crafts.
Students visited most of the world's continents and tasted unique food, without having to leave school grounds or step on a plane.
Newton-Conover High School held its fourth culture fair Friday in the school's gymnasium, where students learned about the different nationalities represented by their classmates.
"Every flag and country you see (at the fair) is represented by someone in this school," said NCHS teacher Melanie White.
If you see what appears to be a mound of winter clothes running around Catawba County in the next few days, itâ€™s me. I hate cold weather, and this weekâ€™s bitterly cold temperatures have left me seeing just how many layers I can add to my body and still maintain the use of my arms.
I donâ€™t remember when I started hating cold weather. I do know, however, that I reach for a sweater just from the mention of temperatures below 70 degrees.
The frigid air of Catawba County wasnâ€™t the only thing that was cold Wednesday night.
Maidenâ€™s offensive attack was just as icy.
The Blue Devils fell behind West Caldwell 22-2 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 30-point loss in Maiden.
â€śI think we started out real flat. We had a bad first quarter,â€ť said Maiden boys basketball coach Doug Miller. â€śA lot of that is to their credit, but for six out of the first eight games this year, we have
started with a slow start, and we got behind the eight ball.â€ť