October 25th, 2011
Two months ago, the walls of Calvary Baptist Church were nearly falling down.
The churchâ€™s century-old concrete crumbled, and members say whole bricks could be pulled out of the sanctuaryâ€™s brick-and-mortar frame.
â€śColumns were falling down and there wasnâ€™t any concrete left in the walls,â€ť said Charles Doty, chairman of property management at Calvary.
â€śIt didnâ€™t look like it was occupied it was in such bad shape.â€ť
The church demanded a fix â€” and fast â€” before the walls came tumbling down or became too damaged for rescue.
A tough stretch of soccer games for St. Stephens got even harder on Monday, when the Indians hosted second-ranked Hickory.
The Red Tornadoes (18-1-2, 11-0-0) scored five goals, including three in the second half, maintaining their unbeaten mark in conference play with a 5-0 win over St. Stephens.
It was the third straight game that the Indians (7-5-2, 5-4-2) were shut out, following a 0-0 tie against Hibriten and a 2-0 loss to Foard last Wednesday.
"We are in a little bit of a slump right now,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śHopefully, we can get it together.â€ť
Ten games into his career as quarterback for the St. Stephens Indians varsity football program, Matt Williams is already making huge strides.
The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman is coming into his own after starting the season sharing the snaps for the Indians (3-7, 1-4).
â€śWe knew coming into this season that he was going to be a solid quarterback for us,â€ť said Indians coach Fred Whalen. â€śHe worked out with us at the kids camp over the summer. When he worked with us, we saw the potential he had there.â€ť
A Conover residentâ€™s thoughtful donation adds more history to the cityâ€™s newest building.
Dwight Rockett, a Conover fireman and native, permanently loaned two antique vehicles earlier this year to the cityâ€™s Multimodal Complex.
The century-old U.S. Postal Service buggy and railway freight cart will be housed on the third floor of the complex that opened Monday.
City officials say the antiques add another historic aspect to the 100-year-old revitalized building that housed manufacturers throughout the 20th century.
After nearly six years of planning, grant writing, funding and construction, Conover Stationâ€™s first building is complete and open to the public.
Conover dedicated its Multimodal Center on Monday, officially opening a complex that will house community space, Greenway Transit Authority offices, the Conover Library and a future public train depot stop.
It is the first completed building of the cityâ€™s economic revitalization project called Conover Station â€” a development that officials say has a lot more room to grow.
Elisa Baker maintains she's innocent.
Baker â€” who pleaded guilty last month to killing 10-year-old Zahra Baker â€” insisted in a recent jail interview with The Charlotte Observer that she did not kill Zahra and was an unwilling participant in covering up the girl's death.
The Observer reported Sunday that 43-year-old Elisa Baker portrayed herself as a loving stepmother who was only following her lawyer's advice in pleading guilty.
"I pled guilty, but I'm not guilty," she told reporters in a 30-minute interview at the Mecklenburg County jail. Zahra was "the light of my eyes."
A Catawba woman won the title of Mrs. North Carolina America 2012 this weekend and the right to represent the state in the Mrs. America pageant next spring.
Jessica Harvey â€” Catawba resident and wife of professional baseball player Kris Harvey of the Florida Marlins â€” won the statewide pageant in Mooresville on Saturday night.
Conover residents have a chance to meet municipal candidates before heading to the polls this election season.
The Conover Downtown Merchants Association hosts a candidate meet and greet for residents on Monday from 5-7 p.m. on Main Street.
Candidates running for Conover City Council and the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education will be present. Each candidate will set up a table on sidewalks along Main Street.
Candidates running for Conover City Council point to growth â€” both in jobs and services â€” as a key to the city's prosperity in the future.
The Carolina Panthers shook a three-game losing streak, defeating the Washington Redskins at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, 33-20.
Rookie quarterback Cam Newton completed 18-of-23 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 10 times for 59 yards and another score.
Carolina (2-5) took a 9-6 halftime lead behind three Olindo Mare field goals before exploding in the second half for 24 points.
"That was a dadgum basketball score."
These are words from Blue Devils coach Brian Brown following Friday's track meet of a football game between Maiden and Bunker Hill in Claremont.
Will Jenkins rushed for 315 yards and four scores, leading the Blue Devils (6-4, 5-1) to the 70-46 conference victory against Bunker Hill.
"It's just crazy," Jenkins said of his performance in Friday's game. "When you keep scoring like that, you are in a different state of mind. You just want to score every time you touch to ball."