In the epic battle between Newton-Conover and Hickory girlsâ€™ basketball teams, round two goes to the Lady Red Devils.
Shynese Whitener scored a game-high 23 points, including four clutch free throws in the final two minutes of Wednesdayâ€™s game. The Lady Red Devils advanced to the championship game of the Catawba Valley Classic with a 68-65 win past the Tornadoes.
â€śThis win means a lot,â€ť Whitener said. â€śIt is just a game that we all love playing because it is against Hickory. It felt great to beat them on their court.
Despite trailing Fred T. Foard by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Maiden boysâ€™ basketball team never stopped playing.
After scoring 13, 4, and 12 points in the previous three quarters, the Blue Devils made 15-of-16 free throws in the quarter and scored an incredible 29 points to squeeze past Fred T. Foard, 58-56.
â€śThe kids just never gave up,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śThey put a lot of pressure on Foard and created a lot of turnovers.â€ť
Interstate 40 motorists waiting for a smoother drive through Catawba County will have to wait a few months longer.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation decided to delay paving on a stretch of I-40 from mile markers 146 to 130 after pavement deterioration led the department to rethink the current paving process.
Jim Julian never met Zahra Baker.
In fact, Julian, 53, of Stanfield, lives three hours away from Hickory, where Zahra lived for a few months of her brief life.
Despite the distance, Zahra's story touched Julian. He created the Zahra Clare Baker Memorial Foundation to honor Zahra's memory and help children, like her, who overcame tremendous life challenges.
"I felt like I wouldn't be much of a human being if I just swept this under the rug," he said.
Newton marks Bootsie Roberts Day
She worked for nine city managers and five different Newton mayors.
She helped create and develop Newton's first public information office position and the city's first citywide newsletter.
In the opening game of the 24th annual girls Catawba Valley Classic, the fourth-seeded Lady Tigers used aggressive defense and fast-paced offense to advance with a 55-50 win over fifth-seeded Alexander Central.
Fred T. Foard out-rebounded Alexander Central 38-34 and finished the game with 10 blocked shots as a team.
"This was a big win for us, especially considering they beat us by nine points a few weeks ago," said Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Our intensity was better this time around, and we shot the ball better. We did a lot better defensively this time around."
Pearl Yvonne Sigmon Hedrick, 75 of Conover, passed away Wednesday, Dec.29, 2010, at Palliative Carecenter Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Pearl Sigmon Hedrick.
Allen Michael Bowman, 20, of Newton, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley after a lengthy battle with cancer. The funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
A county program benefitting youth received extra help through a state grant worth thousands of dollars.
Clinton's Corner of Catawba Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to combat area problems facing youth and their families.
The program was one of 14 non-profit organizations throughout North Carolina to receive a grant from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the state's Human Relations Council. The $2,500 grant for each of the chosen programs will fund initiatives that support King's legacy.
The top-seeded St. Stephens Indians boysâ€™ basketball team advanced to the second round of the 24th annual Catawba Valley Classic with a 70-42 victory over eighth-seeded South Caldwell in the opening game of the tournament.
â€śIt was a good team effort,â€ť said head coach Gary Bowne. â€śWe had good balance. The kids played hard. The bench finally contributed in the second half like we wanted them to in the first half. They improved and made adjustments at halftime. We have to turn around and play tomorrow. We are in the winnerâ€™s bracket, and we like it. â€ś
The Observer News Enterprise unveiled its first-ever Fact Book this week, and the one-of-a-kind publication is a resource guide for every Catawba County citizen.