February 10th, 2015
Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, numerous fire departments across Lincoln, Catawba, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties were alerted to a structure fire at Universal Rubber Products, located off Hwy. 16 business in East Lincoln.
I woke up in shock as I learned of Dean Smith's passing on Sunday.
Texts, Twitter updates, and Facebook messages came rolling in as I went about my day â€“ that is until I looked up.
The sky had no clouds in sight on the early February morning â€“ it was a perfect Carolina blue.
Earlier this year, Observer News Enterprise Publisher Seth Mabry decided to "beautify" our community through the use of some old newspaper boxes.
"The O-N-E was looking for a way to engage with the readers and community,â€ťMabry said. â€śOur newspaper boxes provide the perfect public canvas for local artists to showcase their talents."
Early Friday morning, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Maiden Volunteer Fire Department relieved a call regarding a house fire on Biggerstaff Road in Maiden.
â€śIt looks like the fire started out of the fireplace in the basement,â€ť said Maiden Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief Kenneth Huffman.
The owner of the home, Sid Turbyfill and his brother were inside the house asleep at the time of the time.
â€śI think, as a council, we have done a very good job of working together,â€ť said Kyle Hayman, mayor pro tem for the city of Conover. â€śWe communicate well with one another and even though we all come from a different angle, we're always willing to listen to each otherâ€™s point of view.â€ť
Hayman, along with two other members of Conover City Council, have terms expiring this year.
Dean Smith was more than simply a basketball coach.
Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men's history after capturing two national titles along with the 1976 Olympic gold medal and coaching some of the sport's biggest names, Michael Jordan among them.
Battling for the third-straight year, it took all 14 matches to decide the 3A dual team champion on Saturday at Copas Gymnasium.
Fred T. Foard's Alex Leatherman earned a 10-8 decision victory against Morehead's Gideon Biggs to help the Tigers win their second 3A dual team state trophy in the past three seasons, 30-23.
Below are the results from the match:
For the third-straight year, Fred T. Foard and Morehead will lock up on Saturday to determine the 3A dual team state wrestling champion.
The Tigers (39-1) host the Panthers (30-2) on the mat at Copas Gymnasium at 2 p.m. to determine the best 3A dual team in the state of North Carolina.
Below is a look at Friday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bandys 62, Bunker Hill 41 (Lady Trojans clinch SD-7 title)
Hickory 86, Fred T. Foard 6
Maiden 64, West Caldwell 39
Newton-Conover 45, Lincolnton 35
South Caldwell 53, St. Stephens 33
Bunker Hill 63, Bandys 43
Hickory 68, Fred T. Foard 63
When a city has good bones, the possibilities are endless, and Newtonâ€™s new planning director sees great bones throughout the city of Newton.
Randy Williams will join Newton as planning director Feb. 25. He comes to Newton from Lincoln County, where he has been the principal planner since 2007.
Williams said itâ€™s easy to see the potential for development in Downtown Newton and beyond.