Archive - Dec 8, 2011
People with permits will be allowed to carry concealed handguns without restrictions at Hickory city parks and recreational facilities following approval this week by Hickory City Council.
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Hickory police have arrested four Hickory High School students in relation to a string of break-ins and larcenies in northwest Catawba County.
Police say Meguel Robinson, 16; Anton Harris, 16; Tyheem Walton, 17; and Jamario McCombs, 17, are all connected to six car and home break-ins between November and this week.
Hickory Police Sgt. Porter said a member of the public called police after seeing three suspicious black males walking in the pouring rain on Tuesday.
The following incidents occurred this week in Catawba County:
Thieves pried into a Newton manâ€™s pickup truck toolbox and stole a GPS, tools and N.C. Uniform Citation Book at 1927 Mt. Olive Church Road.
Suspects broke into the residence of Joseph Frances Blanchette, 64, of 350 Spencer Road in Conover, and stole a black 42-inch flat-screen TV valued at $550.
Alma Bernice Wagoner Leinbach, 90, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Leinbach family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
The Piedmont Hardware ledger dates back to 1910.
During that year, the store sold a screwdriver in November for 25 cents.
In February 1911, someone purchased bull tongue for 15 cents. That same month, someone paid $4.50 for a plow.
Now, more than 100 years later, Piedmont Hardware is still serving the Maiden community in Catawba County. Like most everything else, the storeâ€™s business, ownership and even price range have changed over the years.
Current owner Samantha â€śSamâ€ť Saunders said one thing hasnâ€™t varied â€” the storeâ€™s values.
Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a â€śgood causeâ€ť or â€świnter waiverâ€ť that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.
Congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry today called on U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry to quit protecting his corrupt colleagues and immediately cosponsor legislation that would prohibit insider trading of securities by members and employees of Congress.
â€śItâ€™s time for Mr. McHenry to end his silence on this important issue and to start doing the right thing for the people he represents,â€ť said Fortenberry, the congressmanâ€™s Republican opponent in next Mayâ€™s primary. â€śThe politicians in Washington continue to get the gold mine while the people get the shaft.
Gov. Bev Perdue announced Thursday that American Roller Bearing Industries Inc. (A.R.B.), a manufacturer of anti-friction bearings for industrial equipment, will expand its operations in Burke and Alexander counties.
A.R.B. expects to create 231 new jobs over the next five years and invest between $3 million and $5 million per year in land, buildings, machinery and equipment. The announcement was made possible in part by a state Job Development Investment Grant.
BLACKSBURG, Va. â€” The Virginia Tech police officer who was shot dead at his parked cruiser was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. His death leaves investigators puzzling over how and why a gunman walked up to the patrol car during a traffic stop, killed the officer and wound up dead himself in a nearby parking lot.
The campus shooting prompted officials to lock down the university for hours Thursday while police and SWAT teams searched the school, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Detours are ahead for motorists driving along N.C. 16 as major repairs are planned for a pair of bridges in Conover.
Orange pylons already hint at coming detours for the N.C. 16 bridge over U.S. 70 south of Conover. Meanwhile, repairs will also completely close the N.C. 16 bridge over I-40 in coming weeks.
See complete details on construction plans as well as detour information in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.