The Daily Press The Observer News Enterprise | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-19T21:34:33-04:00's company: Jay Haas wins Classic again2014-10-19T21:34:33-04:002014-10-19T21:34:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseJay Haas put that theory to the test and passed with flying colors this weekend in Conover.The 60-year-old led wire-to-wire at the 12th Greater Hickory Classic, winning his third title at the event on Sunday.Haas finished the three-day tournament with a 17-under-par score.In the same week his son Bill was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame, Haas capped a memorable week by becaming the 22nd golfer to win a Champions Tour event at age 60 or older and the 10th oldest winner ever."It was very special," Haas said of his third Classic victory. "It was a special week, and we talked about Bill being inducted into the Wake Forest Hall of Fame. To think that I came to Wake Forest in 1972. If my math serves me right, that's 42 years ago. It's pretty incredible all that's happened — all the great stuff that's happened to me in my life. I've been extremely blessed, and just to do this today. I don't know, I'll think about it and remember it for a long, long time."Joe Durant, who was co-leader with Haas after Round 1, tied for second place with Kirk Triplett — two shots back of the lead at 15-under-par.Haas, Durant and Triplett all carded 5-under rounds on Sunday."I played well," Durant said. "I got off to a nice start and then just kind of hit the doldrums. I couldn't make a putt."Triplett was pleased with his play during the three-day tournament."You know, I was happy," Triplett said. "I hit some bad shots in the middle of the round and made a great par save and two birdies in a row and put some pressure on (Haas), but he won the golf tournament."With his victory at Rock Barn, Haas also set a new tournament 54-hole scoring record with his 17-under-par 196, breaking the previous mark set in 2011 by Mark Wiebe and James Mason (197).Haas, who turns 61 in December, said he has a lot of golf ahead of him."Sixty is, I guess, some kind of benchmark or watermark that not that many guys have done that," he said. "But it's just a number, I guess. I still feel like I'm capable (of winning), obviously, after this weekend, and it certainly gives me some confidence in the last couple events and then going on to next year."<b><u>All-time Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions</b></u>2003: Craig Stadler2004: Doug Tewell2005: Jay Haas2006: Andy Bean2007: R.W. Eaks2008: R.W. Eaks2009: Jay Haas2010: Gary Hallberg2011: Mark Wiebe2012: Fred Funk2013: Michael AllenNewton, N.C.Cody DaltonThree's company: Jay Haas wins Classic againObserver News GHKC champ Haas in lead after second round2014-10-18T19:04:48-04:002014-10-18T19:02:09-04:00Copyright 2014 Observer News EnterpriseThe 60-year-old Greenville, S.C. native is in the lead by two shots at 12-under-par the 12th Annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn.Haas was 4-under during the second round of the tournament in Conover on Saturday, breaking a tie with Joe Durant for sole possession of first place heading into Sunday's final round.In the 12-year history of the Classic, only two men have won the tournament more than one time — Haas (2005, 2009) and R.W. Eaks (2008-09). With a win Sunday, Haas would become the tournament's first three-time winner.“I played well again today,” Haas said on Saturday. "I probably didn’t make as many putts today. It was a little bit tougher today with the wind. It was different than yesterday. I’m pleased with how I played. I need to go out and be aggressive tomorrow.”First-round co-leader Durant, David Frost and Kirk Triplett are two shots back in second place at 10-under-par.Frost was one of three golfers with the lowest rounds of the day, including Skip Kendall and Kenny Perry. All three golfers carded rounds of 65.“I’m just going with the flow and emotion,” Frost said. "Seems like I’m playing unconscious golf the last few weeks. I’ve put in some old shafts and my iron play has improved tremendously"The final round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic is Sunday starting at 10 a.m.Haas, Frost and Triplett will tee off in the final group at 12:10 p.m.Conover, N.C.Cody Dalton2-time GHKC champ Haas in lead after second roundObserver News, Durant share lead after Day 1 of GHKC2014-10-18T15:37:14-04:002014-10-18T00:12:28-04:00Copyright 2014 Observer News EnterpriseThe 2005 and 2009 GHKC champion, Haas shot a 29 on the front nine and a 35 on the back nine for his first-round score of 63."Overall, I couldn’t be happier," Haas said. "I’ve been playing well. I’m still playing well all year. I spent some time on my putting yesterday, and I made some nice putts today. To get off to that start today was good.”Meanwhile, Durant matched the tournament front nine scoring record with his 7-under-par 28."I had a good stretch of holes there from 18 through 6," Durant said. "I really putted well today. I think Jay’s (Haas) name is permanently emblazoned on the leaderboard. It’s been a crazy year for me." Roger Chapman and Scott Dunlap are tied for third place. Both players shot 6-under rounds of 65 on Friday.Defending champion Michael Allen shot a 4-under-par 67 and is currently tied for 10th place.Conover, N.C.Cody DaltonHaas, Durant share lead after Day 1 of GHKCObserver News Superintendent2014-10-17T10:28:11-04:002014-10-17T10:28:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News Enterprise Math Man, a local superhero dedicated to improving the educational experience of students, ventures into the hallways of schools donning a shiny blue cape and a special pack of Power Pellets. Those Power Pellets, commonly known as MTo read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Catawba County, N.C.Tiffany FieldsN-CCS SuperintendentObserver News Business Hosts FREE Technology Expo2014-10-16T17:20:57-04:002014-10-16T17:20:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseThe FREE Tech Expo will feature more than 30 area expert vendors who specialize in facilitating and providing technology to businesses across the foothills. The event also will include educational seminars on topics ranging from Cloud computing and network security to disaster recovery and digital media marketing.“Business owners typically struggle with how to incorporate technology into their business,” said Jesse Sloane, manager of Charter Business accounts in Hickory. “And in today’s world, businesses need that technology to operate more efficiently and grow the bottom line. This expo will eliminate owners’ technology anxiety by having knowledgeable experts all in one place.”The FREE Tech Expo will take place on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at The Crossing at Hollar Mill, located at 883 Highland Ave. SE, in Hickory.Hickory, N.C.No author availableCharter Business Hosts FREE Technology ExpoObserver News for emergencies2014-10-16T11:03:06-04:002014-10-16T11:03:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News Enterprise "We practiced our tornado drill (Tuesday) morning so the kids would know where to go just in case," said Brian Hefner, principal of Blackburn Elementary in Newton. "Our kids ended up being in protective positions that day for the duration of the tornado warning -- about an hour and half."To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Catawba County, N.C.Tiffany FieldsPREPARED for emergenciesObserver News to take seat on School Board 2014-10-16T10:54:18-04:002014-10-16T10:54:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseLuckadoo, 51, grew up in Forest City N.C. where he graduated from East Rutherford High School in 1981. Luckadoo moved to Hickory in 1989 to continue working for as the District Director for Congressman Cass Ballenger.To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Catawba County, N.C.Cigi SparksLuckadoo to take seat on School Board Observer News RESIGNS2014-10-16T10:48:56-04:002014-10-16T10:48:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseDr. Walter Hart, superintendent of Hickory Public Schools, released a statement Wednesday at 3:16 p.m. about Helm’s status as Hickory High football coach. "Mike Helms resigned as the football coach at Hickory High School, effective immediately,” Hart said in the statement. “Assistant Coach Forrest Blake will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. I cannot and will not elaborate about personnel matters."To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Hickory, N.C.Cody DaltonHELMS RESIGNSObserver News awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine2014-10-15T11:12:34-04:002014-10-15T11:12:34-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseNewton, N.C.No author availableRay awarded Order of the Long Leaf PineObserver News‘Healing Haven’2014-10-15T11:09:28-04:002014-10-15T11:09:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseHarlan began raising money in benefit of a cure in 2005 when she partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation to insure that the money that her project raised was going to be used appropriately. Harlan continued her partnership with Komen through 2006.Catawba County, N.C.Cigi Sparks‘Healing Haven’Observer News