November 8th, 2010
Fla. killer of NC trooper will get life in prison
NEWTON, N.C. (AP) â€” The Florida man who killed a North Carolina state trooper will get life in prison after a jury could not reach a decision about his punishment.
Judge Nathaniel Poovey imposed a sentence of life in prison without parole Monday for Edwardo Wong Jr. of Ormond Beach, Fla.
After three days of deliberation, jurors said they couldn't reach consensus on whether Wong should be given the death penalty, as prosecutors wanted.
The death penalty requires a unanimous decision.
In collaboration with its production of â€śWelcome to Mitford,â€ť The Green Room Community Theatre announced that Robert Inman, the playwright, will be present at each performance of the show. Inman will sell and autograph his books in the gallery of the Old Post Office Playhouse before each production. Take this opportunity to meet Inman, bring a copy of one of his books and have it signed by the author himself, or purchase one from him.
The Green Room Community Theatre will open its second show of the 2010-11 season Friday, Nov. 5.
â€śWelcome to Mitfordâ€ť is based on the Mitford novels by Jan Karon and adapted for the stage by Robert Inman.
Father Tim Kavanagh is the much-loved rector in the close-knit mountain community of Mitford.
Father Timâ€™s life is absorbed with the life of his town and the pastoring of his lively congregation.
But things change radically when Father Tim takes in teenager Dooley Barlow, the unruly orphaned grandson of the church gardener.
Robert Inman, 63, grew up in a small town in Alabama, population 4,000. And, with a grin, he added, “The population is still 4,000 people.”
In Elba, Ala., grownups thought children were the most important things coming and going.
“We could feel that then – the love,” Inman said. “They let us know we mattered.
“One of the most important things we do in this life is invest in someone younger,” he added.
Life is about community, and the small-town flavor of being connected to each other.
Seeing their starting quarterback and running back leave Sunday's game with injuries, the Carolina Panthers put up a pitiful performance that included one field goal and just 68 yards of passing offense.
All total, the Panthers managed just 195 total net yards, mostly on the ground, as the Saints posted a 34-3 victory at Bank of America Stadium.
"Pretty pathetic," said receiver Steve Smith, held without a catch until the final minute. "That would be the only thing I have to say. There are no explanations, no excuses."
Bunker Hill used a three-headed rushing attack to amass almost 600 years on the ground as the Bears defeated Bandys 49-20.
The victory marks the first for Bunker Hill over Bandys in nine straight games, and it solidifies the Bearsâ€™ chances of a playoff berth when pairings are announced Saturday.
Newton-Conover rebounded from last weekâ€™s loss to South Iredell to end the regular season with a win. The Red Devils earned a 35-25 road victory Friday over West Caldwell and finished second in the Catawba Valley 2-A.
The Red Devils went 10-1 in the regular season â€”Â 6-1 in conference play, and they find out Saturday if they are in the 2-A or 2-AA playoffs as well as who they play in the first round.
For the second straight week, Nate Johnson solidified his spot as the Blue Devilsâ€™ starting running back.
Johnson led Maiden in rushing for the second-straight game and made the game-changing play in the second half at home against Draughn.
One play after Draughn cut Maidenâ€™s lead to 21-14, Johnson ran left on a sweep. He ran out of room, escaped tackles, reversed field and ran 73 yards up the right side for his third touchdown of the game.
The Blue Devils led 27-14 after the play and won their final game of the regular season 33-14 over the Wildcats.
Another day of searching the wooded areas of Christie Road in southern Caldwell County turned up nothing new in terms of bone recovery for investigators seeking more evidence and clues into the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
It was four weeks ago today that the Hickory girl was reported missing by her father Adam and stepmother Elisa Baker from their home at 21 21st Ave NW in Hickory.
An unknown thief broke into a Conover business Friday and stole almost $400 in electronics.
Catawba County Communications Center alerted police at 12:39 a.m. to the activation of an alarm at Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West in Conover.
The communications center said broken glass and motion sensors activated the alarm, according to the Conover Police incident report.