November 22nd, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” It took one play for mystery man Brian St. Pierre to get the downtrodden Carolina Panthers in position for an upset.
Baltimore's stars, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, responded with two big milestone plays to spoil St. Pierre's potential storybook day and put the Ravens in great shape in the AFC North.
Reed and Lewis each had interceptions that turned into touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and a TD, and the Ravens overcame St. Pierre's 88-yard touchdown pass to beat the stubborn Panthers 37-13 on Sunday.
In his 2010 NFL debut, Panthers quarterback Brian St. Pierre tossed an 88-yard touchdown pass to bring his team within a touchdown of tying Baltimore.
Then, the Ravens collected two of his passes, returned them for touchdowns, and gave the Panthers the worst record in the NFL. With Sunday's 37-13 loss, the Panthers fall to 1-9, while Buffalo's 49-31 win over Cincinnati improved the Bills to 2-8.
Appalachian State ends the regular season with its toughest match in recent history. The Mountaineers travel to Gainesville, Fla., this week for a regular-season finale against the Florida Gators.
The Gators (6-4) need to beat the Mountaineers (9-1) to avoid their fourth-straight home loss. Florida has lost four of its last six games.
"Make no mistake about it, the team we're playing isn't some clown show," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "This is a real one."
Eight shots from an assault rifle were fired Thursday into an occupied home.
An unknown suspect fired the shots about 9:15 p.m. into a mobile home in the 4100 block of River Road, which is just outside Hickory city limits.
A man and his wife, who live in the residence, were at home when the incident occurred, according to Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish. No one was injured.
The bullets' entry into the residence damaged about $1,400 of property, including chairs, a metal wood stove, a TV, a wooden entertainment center and the residence's interior and exterior walls.
The average property value in Catawba County went up about 2 percent for the current revaluation, but that doesn't mean the values are final.
The appeals process for property values is under way after the 2010 property values were mailed Nov. 15 to residents.
"We allow taxpayers to make an appointment and sit down with our appraisal staff to discuss the revaluation," said Catawba County Tax Administrator Mark Logan.
Thanks to a $124,000 grant Newton will purchase a fire-simulation trailer that will help train the city's fire department to safely fight structure fires.
"In order for our firefighters to become state-certified, they have to participate in a live, controlled burn setting," Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said, adding that a fire trailer provides just such a live fire situation. "Live fire evolutions are the most important training we provide for our firefighters. You don't realize how well a firefighter is going to perform until they face a live fire."
Fred T. Foard freshman Mary McKenzie Finger always watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV with her cousins.
This year, she won't be watching the 84th annual parade in New York City -- she'll be performing in it.
Finger, 14, is a J.V. cheerleader at Foard, and she was selected to perform in the parade this summer during a Universal Cheerleading Association camp.
It was the accusation Adam Baker heard several times from bystanders Friday as he left the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton.
Baker appeared in District Court on worthless check charges, which are unrelated to the murder of his daughter, Zahra Baker.
But that didn't stop several bystanders from shouting accusations of murder and wrongdoing at Baker and his mother, Karen Baker, who attended the courtroom session with her son.
Adam reported Zahra missing Oct. 9, starting his phone call with the 9-1-1 operator by saying, "Hey, how are you doing?"
Tabitha Nicole Spurlin, 27, of Catawba,, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The Spurlin family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
James Edwin “J.E.” Yount Sr., 88, of Hickory, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Yount family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
The tallest starter for the Newton-Conover Red Devils girls basketball team grew into a new role for the upcoming season. Kadesha Gibbs, a 5-foot-11 forward, has shifted from playing like a small forward to more of a power position â€” occupied last season by graduated senior Renee Lewis.
â€śI know I have some tough shoes to fill,â€ť Gibbs said. â€śI just have to work hard and give everything I got.â€ť