Three Catawba County high school wrestling programs achieved top-five rankings in a coaches poll released Monday.
Retro Rankings, a website chronicling North Carolina high school wrestling released its latest dual team poll. In the poll, participating coaches in the state were invited to submit their top five prep wrestling teams in each division.
In the 2A division, where 18 coaches cast ballots, Newton-Conover placed third and received four first-place votes. Bandys placed fourth and also received four first-place votes. Croatan High School place first, and received 11 first-place votes.
Classic Christmas song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" trickled through speakers at the Catawba County Christmas Bureau distribution Monday in Hickory. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and generous donors, thousands of children in Catawba County will have that merry little Christmas made famous by the traditional tune.
The bureau's annual distribution days started Monday, with about 400 people coming to the event to receive toys, clothes, food and other gifts for their children.
CHARLOTTE â€” Amid 12 losses and 13 players lost to season-ending injuries, the Carolina Panthers are sticking with their apologetic quarterback.
Minutes after John Fox announced Monday that defensive end Everette Brown and linebacker Jason Williams are joining the crowded injured reserve list, the embattled coach said rookie Jimmy Clausen "more than likely" will start Sunday against Arizona.
A Superior Court hearing scheduled Monday to discuss search warrants in the Zahra Baker investigation was never held.
That doesn't mean, however, that additional details about the investigation into the disappearance and death of the 10-year-old girl won't surface in the coming weeks.
Attorney C. Amanda Martin with Media General Operations filed a civil motion Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court's Office to unseal warrants filed during the investigation from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.
Fannie Mae Carpenter Keisler, 97, previously of Conover, passed away Dec. 12, 2010, at the Lutheran Home Hickory-East. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Keisler family.
Edith Marlowe Bowman, 93, of Newton, passed away Dec. 12, 2010, at her residence. The Bowman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
The District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against a man charged in the 2006 stabbing death of a Hickory woman.
Prosecutors announced Monday in Catawba County Superior Court that they will pursue capital punishment in the first-degree murder charge against Antonio Gonzalez Trejo, 31, of Conover. Trejo is charged with fatally wounding Teresa Aguilera Zavala, 26, of Hickory, on July 29, 2006, by stabbing her repeatedly with a knife.
The former Maiden High School teacher accused of having sex with a student appeared in court Monday.
No action was taken in the case against Christopher Caldwell, who is charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a student and one count of sexual activity with a student.
An attorney involved in the case was out of town, and the District Attorney's Office advised Caldwell to stay in touch with his attorney for a future court date.
St. Stephens is off to its best start in 17 years after defeating Bunker Hill 59-38 on Friday.
But the Indians arenâ€™t necessarily thinking about a perfect 7-0 record.
â€śIt is more important for us to get ready for conference play on Tuesday,â€ť said St. Stephens coach Gary Bowne. â€śWin or lose, we had to play well.â€ť
Play well they did, extending a 25-17 halftime lead into a 21-point victory. Key to the win was a strong third quarter when the Indians outscored Bunker Hill 20-9.
With her team down by one point, Hickory senior Hillary Sigmon stepped to the free throw line with 16 seconds and a two shots to tie the game or take the lead.
"She is a seasoned player. She knows at that point it is time to put it on,â€ť said Hickory coach Barbara Helms. â€śBoth she and Jada Hillary showed they are seniors. They hit free throws at the end and made sure the ball was in their hands at the end.â€ť
Sigmon hit both free throws to give Hickory a 55-54 lead. Seconds later, Hillary hit two more free throws to help seal a 59-54 revenge victory over Newton-Conover.
Gov. Bev Perdue announced sweeping changes to the state government Thursday in an attempt to close the state's projected multibillion-dollar gap in next year's budget.
North Carolina residents already saw cutbacks to health and human services in previous years, leaving officials wondering what will be left in their departments if they're forced to make additional cuts.
"There's a real interconnectedness between what's going on in the economy and how it's affecting the state budget," said Alexandra Forter Sirota, North Carolina Budget and Tax Center director.