March 30th, 2011
Two hundred twelve registered sex offenders live in Catawba County.
Their crimes range from indecent liberty with a minor and computer solicitation for sex to first-degree sex offense and second-degree rape.
Catawba County Sheriff's Office is charged with monitoring sex offenders and their compliance with the conditions of their offenses.
Sex offenders are required to register with their county's sheriff's office, and sheriff's deputies then compile the information and enter it in the registry database, said Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. B.L. Baker.
Just under 1,000 fans showed up at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory to witness Wake Forest and Appalachian State square off in college baseball.
The Demon Deacons scored six runs in the first four innings of the game to distance themselves and hold off a late rally by the Mountaineers to seal the victory.
Both coaches enjoyed their time in Hickory and Frans Stadium.
â€śWe love the ballpark here,â€ť said Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. â€śThis is old school and old-fashion baseball. We hopefully want to do this every year and continue to grow it.â€ť
A teenager was shot and killed after an alleged dispute in downtown Hickory, and police arrested a man for the teen's murder.
Hickory Police found Steven Darnell Simpson, 19, of Hickory, in a red Toyota Camry near the 300 block of First Avenue Southwest in Hickory about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Simpson was shot in the head.
Richard C. Young, 61, of Conover, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Young family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Adam Lee Buchanan, 31, of Lincolnton, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011, at CMC-Main in Charlotte.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 1, 2011, at 3 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel.
Explosions and fires rocked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan just days after the country was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in mid-March.
Weeks later, a large-scale nuclear disaster was avoided, for now. The near-catastrophe drew worldwide attention to nuclear power and the potential dangers of radioactive materials. The United States government recommended a 50-mile evacuation zone around the site to avoid harmful radiation in Japan.
Lime green metal was twisted at odd angles, exposing the engine of a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of U.S. 321 in Newton. Broken glass was scattered everywhere. The vehicle's driver dabbed at his head with a white towel, a stream of dark blood trailing from the man's forehead.
The twisted wreckage of the 18-wheeler's cab rested near U.S. 321 mile marker 37 after the vehicle struck another tractor-trailer driven by a student driver.
One man was shot in the head while traveling in Hickory on Monday night.
The victim later died from his injuries.
Hickory Police received a call at 9:27 p.m. Monday for shots fired in the 300 block of First Avenue Southwest.
Steven Darnell Simpson, 19, was found with a gunshot wound to his head. Simpson was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he later died.
Hickory Police are conducting interviews involving the case. More information is expected later today.
Check back with www.observernewsonline.com for more details as they become available.
Startown Road is reopened after a Tuesday wreck impacted traffic around Startown Elementary during the morning commute.
An overturned tractor-trailer truck forced closure of Startown Road near Startown Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
Details are still emerging in this story, and The O-N-E will deliver more information as it becomes available.
Check back with www.observernewsonline.com throughout the day for updates to this story.
Same school. New team.
Jonathan Tharpe is trading one basketball team for another at Newton-Conover.
He stepped down as the girls basketball coach to lead the boys basketball team.
Tharpe replaces Mark Carter, who is retiring from coaching and teaching at the school.
Maudie Mae Suddreth Keaton, 85, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Maudie Mae Suddreth Keaton.
Florence “Johnnie” Setzer, 82, of Maiden, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Setzer family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.