The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, May 1
The Catawba County home and property Jeremy Mayfield was auctioned on the courthouse steps in Newton on Monday. The bank that loaned the ex-NASCAR driver money for the property won the auction with a $1.725 million bid. Mayfield still owes Carolina Farm Credit about $3 million.
A Georgia man was sentenced to 14-20 years in prison Monday for his role in a 2011 Bonnie-and-Clyde escapade that ended in Catawba County. Michael Neal Bagwell racked up more than a dozen charges for his role in the spree. The O-N-E details the crimes, the 2011 chase and apologies offered by "Clyde."
The county's schools are looking for proctors for a flurry of upcoming end-of-year tests. Interested volunteers should be available for at least four hours on the mornings of testing. Pick up the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E to find out how to volunteer.
Police believe a gang-dispute at a Hickory nightclub led to a shootout at a Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard convenience store during the weekend. Catawba-resident Jamar James, 31, was shot in the back, and two men are in jail following the fight.
• Newton-Conover High School's tennis team begins its quest for a third straight team title. They're in the spotlight in Tuesday's O-N-E.
• Bandys defeated Bunker Hill in baseball and Draugh topped Maiden 16-10 to win the CVAC baseball title. Get more scores from area high school sports action in the PREP Notebook at www.observernewsonlne.com.
• The Bobcats' coach is out, now Charlotte's NBA team is looking for a new coach.
• Young gardeners created earth boxes as part of activities in the 4-H Garden Club.
• Newton Kiwanis Club is planning its annual pancake breakfast during MayFEST to support the civic group as it helps the county's educational efforts.
• Gas prices are better now than they were a year ago.
• Big business is silent on the marriage debate.
• Tenth District GOP Primary Challenger Ken Fortenberry argues that U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is AWOL from his congressional duties. Details on PERSPECTIVES, along with information about state legislators' plans to go paperless — a plan that doesn't really excite N.C. Sen. Austin.
• The Hickory Crawdads scored a Monday matinee win over Charleston, 6-4: http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/crawdads-win-6-4-take-series-r...
• Find out what is happening in Catawba County during the week ahead: http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/catawba-countys-week-ahead-27.
• Do you think a town like Maiden should invest $2.1 million in a new town hall? Vote in The O-N-E’s online poll.