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November 17, 2011

Dorcas Gomedela, 88, formerly of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Williamsburg, Va.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Georgie Lou Hendricks Johnson, 85, of Springs East Road, Lincolnton, died on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Johnson Family. 

Cops find stolen furniture in Mayfield's home

November 17, 2011

Police recovered more stolen property at Jeremy Mayfield’s home this week, but no further charges have been filed against him.

Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was indicted last week on charges of possession of methamphetamine after police served a search warrant at his home in Catawba on Nov. 1. In addition to finding 1.5 ounces of meth in the search, authorities also recovered more than $100,000 in equipment stolen from Lincoln and Iredell counties.

Tour highlights county poverty

November 17, 2011

Connie Clark held back tears Thursday.

She had just visited impoverished elementary school students and a soup kitchen full of poor and homeless adults.

In people of all ages, she saw desperate needs.

Clark and more than 100 other Catawba County residents observed poverty's effect on their neighbors Thursday, and they discussed opportunities to help the needy.

Ethics panel may probe Hilton, LaRoque loans

November 17, 2011

RALEIGH — A leading state House Democrat wants a Republican lawmaker investigated by his colleagues about two economic development nonprofit groups that he operates and were scrutinized by an outside advocacy group this year.

Now the House's leader says he'll ask an ethics panel to review situation to determine if an investigation is needed after N.C. Rep. Stephen Laroque provided loans for two state lawmakers including Catawba County's N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton.

‘The Nutcracker Suite’ sweeps into Newton

November 17, 2011

Symphonic music and artistic dance have taken over the stage of The Newton Conover Auditorium as The New Art School of Ballet makes its final preparations before “The Nutcracker Suite” is preformed in front of hundreds of people.

Under the direction of Michael and Melissa French, co-artistic directors for the New Art School of Ballet, in collaboration with Reggie Helton, executive director of The New Art School and the Kontras String Quartet, “The Nutcracker Suite” will be presented on Dec. 3 for two public showings, in addition to two private showings reserved for area students.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Nov. 17

November 17, 2011

The O-N-E continues its examination of homelessness in Catawba County as area organizations observe Hunger and Homelessness Week.

On a rainy day that would have been Zahra Baker’s 12 birthday, Kiwanis Clubs in the region broke ground on a memorial playground in Hickory.

In Newton, city leaders want to ease rules for civic clubs promoting events with temporary signs placed in public rights of way. Businesses, too, could benefit from new sign rules.

Don’t miss OUTLOOK’s feature spotlight on performances of "The Nutcracker Suite" at Newton-Conover Auditorium.

Foard's Bliss looking to future, not past

November 17, 2011

Trying to get back to a winning track in boys basketball, Fred T. Foard is hoping new coach Rob Bliss will be the “straw that stirs the drink.”

Bliss, a former coach at Brevard, East Burke and West Henderson High Schools, comes to Foard with a 235-143 career coaching mark.

He guides a Foard hoops team that went 3-20 last year under former coach Mike Hainirhar, which includes an 0-12 Northwestern Conference record.
During the past two seasons, Foard is winless in 24 NWC games played.

Bliss said that becoming successful is about focusing on the future.

Brad Mangum era begins at Fred T. Foard

November 17, 2011

Stepping into the role of coach at a successful girls program at Fred T. Foard, Brad Mangum attempts to follow in the footsteps of his mentor.

Mangum takes over for Wendy Price, who coached 11 seasons, won 182 games and made the playoffs nine times.

The former South Caldwell assistant under Lady Spartans coach Jeff Parham for seven seasons realizes the program’s prestige at Foard, but wants to build it further.

N-C boys improving, girls seek repeat

November 17, 2011

When basketball season tips off next week, Newton-Conover High School enters brand new territory with two new head coaches.

Jonathan Tharpe, who coached the Lady Red Devils for three seasons, takes over the boys program from former coach Mark Carter.

“I think the biggest thing is we are continuing to build the program,” Tharpe said. “The same type of philosophies and things we did with the girls team I am trying to instill with the guys.”

The Red Devils were 13-11 overall and 9-5 in conference play last year, making it to the first round of the playoffs.

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