January 19th, 2011
Last week was a stressful week at the newspaper for me, to say the least. When snow is on the ground, trouble is meant to be found.
Of course, with the white stuff comes delays or closings, which mean no sports to cover for me. High schools canceled and moved games. Colleges also delayed their games.
So finding a good story last week for the sports page was a tad difficult. Mash that together with the fact that Iâ€™ve only lived here a little more than two weeks and am still unfamiliar with the area, teams, coaches and players, and that added to the chaos.
Even the long break couldnâ€™t slow down the Lady Trojans.
Bandys got 19 points, 13 steals and 6 assists from freshman Madi Story on their way to a Catawba 2A win over Bunker Hill on Tuesday.
The game was the first for Bandys since their Jan. 7 game against Maiden.
Coach Beth Queen was aware of the time off.
â€śI was really concerned,â€ť Queen said. â€śAny time you take nine to 10 days and havenâ€™t played, that is in the back of your mind. This game was like the last game at Maiden, where the game time is moved up and everything is out of routine.â€ť
The Bears made their free throws when they mattered the most.
Despite making 8-of-21 free throws in the first half, Bunker Hill connected on 8 of 12 attempts in the fourth quarter to pick up the Catawba Valley 2A win over Bandys.
â€śWe struggled tonight,â€ť said Bunker Hill coach Matt Wilkinson. â€śFree throw shooting has really been one of our strengths this year. I felt like we have won several ball games because of our consistency at the free throw line. I think part of that concentration. I felt like we had a lack of concentration all night long.â€ť
Maiden Town Council is researching the possibility of designing a new town hall and council chambers.
Council members discussed the possibility Monday night during the town's regularly scheduled meeting.
Marty Beal, of CBSA Architects, was on hand at the meeting to hear council member's wants and needs for new town facilities.
The project, however, is anything but certain.
"This isn't saying we're absolutely doing anything," said Maiden Mayor Bob Smyre. "We're exploring the idea."
There's no housing crisis for Newton-Conover High School students, who constructed elaborately designed models of their dream homes for drafting class.
On Monday, students in Susan Ramsey's drafting III class completed and presented their semester-long projects, which were three-story home models designed on blueprints and crafted from wood, glue and foam board.
"When (students) finally put that thing together, it's a sense of pride, on my part," Ramsey said.
Charges are mounting against Zahra Baker's stepmother, who was indicted Tuesday on a bigamy charge.
A Catawba County Grand Jury issued a true bill of indictment on Elisa Annette Baker, alleging she was already married when she wed her current husband Adam Baker, the father of Zahra Baker. Zahra's remains were discovered in Caldwell County several months ago.
While the grand jury deliberated Tuesday about whether to indict Elisa Baker on the charge, loggers in Caldwell located a briefcase possibly connected to Zahra's disappearance and death.
The Bears had their cake and ate it, too.
Bunker Hill celebrated coach Rod Tatumâ€™s birthday in dramatic fashion, picking up a last match win to secure the 44-32 victory over Maiden on Monday.
It has been a difficult week for the team, especially with the snow conditions and several key injuries that forced forfeits.
â€śWe havenâ€™t practiced a lot,â€ť Tatum said. â€śWeâ€™ve only had one practice in the last 10 days. To be able to win one today and one on Saturday is pretty good.â€ť
The smell of smoke filled the air on N.C. 16 south Monday as firefighters tackled a mobile home fire on Stove Drive in Newton.
Alford Lady, owner of the mobile home on 2136 Stove Drive in Newton, said he looked outside from a camper on a neighboring piece of land and saw flames coming from the roof of the mobile home.
"I saw a bunch of smoke and called 9-1-1," said Lady, adding he was in the process of selling the mobile home to move to Louisiana.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the enduring words, "I have a dream," more than 40 years ago.
But for a group of men, women and children gathered Monday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton, those words are as applicable today as they were when first spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday to commemorate King and his dream and how to make that dream a reality. Monday marked 25 years since the celebration became a federal holiday.
Alfreda Corena Story Crouse, 75, of Lincolnton, passed away Jan. 16, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Gravesude services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Maiden City Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Crowder officiating. Burial will follow in Maiden City Cemetery.
Gene Charles Wilson, 82, of Newton, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Wilson family.