September 24th, 2010
Newton-Conover converted four Maiden turnovers into touchdowns as the Red Devils defeated the Blue Devils 48-26 in both teamsâ€™ conference opener.
â€śThat was the difference in the game, I think,â€ť said Newton-Conoverâ€™s Jake Cansler, who intercepted Maiden quarterback Matt Johnsonâ€™s first pass of the game and later recovered two fumbles. â€śWe got the ball back to the offense plenty of times.â€ť
Maiden coach Brian Brown, too, said turnovers were the difference in the contest.
With the score tied at 14 at halftime, Bunker Hill needed to make something happen against East Burke.
It did exactly that.
The Bears scored on the opening drive of the second half Friday and forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seize control of their conference opener. The Bears scored five touchdowns in the second half en route to a 47-14 win at home Friday over the Cavaliers. Its the first time since 1980 the Bears started a season 5-0.
Donating thousands of dollars to area charities is par for the course during the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn.
All net proceeds from the tournament are donated to charities and other organizations throughout Catawba County and surrounding area.
The event, to date, raised more than $900,000 for charities, but Jim Correll, the tournament's executive director, doesn't want to stop there.
"This year, our goal is to surpass the $1-million mark," he said.
Millard Lee "Bud" Peeler, 69, of Maiden, passed away Sept. 23, 2010, at his residence.
The family will have a visitation Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Lawing's Chapel Baptist Church.
William “Shorty” Craven Kerns, 70, of Claremont, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, in Brunswick County. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-2:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton, prior to the service.
Conference play begins this week in the Catawba Valley 2-A, with two of the leaguesâ€™ biggest rivals set to square off Friday. Newton-Conover (4-0) travels to Maiden (3-1), and both teams look to start league play on stable ground.
â€śIt starts this week for everybody, so if you win, youâ€™re tied for first place, which is how you want to start,â€ť Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. â€śWeâ€™re getting one of the big guns first this year.â€ť
But fans of both teams know this matchup is more than just the kickoff of this yearâ€™s conference schedule; itâ€™s also about bragging rights.
The first game Thursday at Bandys between the Trojans and the Newton-Conover Red Devils turned into a battle of will. The teams were tied at 25 and neither budged until the Red Devils scored three straight points â€”Â on a kill from Isabella Zaliagiris and back-to-back Bandys errors â€”Â to earn the 30-28 win.
The Red Devils rode that momentum winning the next two games 25-15 and 25-22 to get the 3-0 sweep at Bandys, and they took control of the Catawba Valley 2-A conference.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.
And as Catawba County’s community newspapers launch their second annual “Hometown Christmas” campaign, the Christmas spirit will start flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.
Lorene Fox is finishing a quilt two decades in the making.
She started making the quilt 20 years ago for her daughter, but she never knew how to complete the blue and white blanket.
"I just kept putting it aside and never finished it," she said. "I've never done any quilting before. That's why I kept putting it aside."
When she heard about the Shuford YMCA's weekly quilting group, Fox recognized her opportunity to finally complete the quilt.
The Old Post Office Playhouse moved its opening production date back one week.
"The King and I" will open the 2010-11 season for The Green Room Community Theatre at its new facility, the OPOP. The play was set to open Oct. 1, but now it will open Oct. 8.
"The reason the decision was made to move the date back was because the cast hasn't had enough time on the new stage," said Sherry Butler, executive director for The Green Room.
Conover Police arrested a man in connection with an electronics store break-in.
Caskell Cook, 31, of Conover, is accused of stealing more than $2,200 worth of laptops from Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West, according to Shane Moore, of the Conover Police Department.
The break-in occurred about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Cook allegedly used a brick or a blunt object to break open the store window.