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December 8th

Friday, December 9, 2011

December 8, 2011

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.

A century of selling hardware, values

December 8, 2011

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 store’s business, ownership and even price range have changed over the years.

Current owner Samantha “Sam” Saunders said one thing hasn’t varied — the store’s values.

Flex plan

December 8, 2011

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 “good cause” or “winter waiver” 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.

Washington lawmakers get the goldmine; the people get the shaft

December 8, 2011

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.

“It’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,” said Fortenberry, the congressman’s Republican opponent in next May’s primary. “The politicians in Washington continue to get the gold mine while the people get the shaft.

Bearing manufacturer creates 231 jobs in Burke, Alexander

December 8, 2011

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.

UPDATE: Motive still unknown in Va. Tech officer shooting

December 8, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. — 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.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 8

December 8, 2011

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.

December 7th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Steelman's 12 paces Blue Devils

December 7, 2011

Maiden outpaced Lincoln Charter 20-3 in the third quarter, allowing them to pull away and pick up the 64-40 victory on Wednesday.

Tyler Steelman led the Blue Devils (2-2) with 12 points. Jason Gantt added 10 points, while Jalen Gibbs scored nine points.

Nathaniel Scoggins and Hunter Dobson each scored in double-digits for Lincoln Charter. Scoggins scored a game-high 14 points, while Dobson added 11 points.

The Blue Devils next play Friday at home against West Lincoln.

Girls basketball

Maiden 45, Lincoln Charter 29

Indian boys, N-C girls win, Whitener scores 1,000th

December 7, 2011

After going 0-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half against Newton-Conover, the St. Stephens boys basketball found its stroke.

The Indians (4-2) made four three-pointers in the final half and held off late charge by the Red Devils, including a last-second three that banked off of the rim and out.

Drew Starkey led the Indians with 13 points, while Chris Hefner pitched in nine points.

Tyoun Shufford scored 16 points for N-C (2-2).

Girls basketball

Newton-Conover 82, St. Stephens 16

Rivers helps No. 7 Duke beat Colorado State, 87-64

December 7, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke played so many games in the first two weeks of the season that coach Mike Krzyzewski's team had relatively little time to refine itself on the practice court. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils are starting to get that chance.

Freshman guard Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night, a successful return from a weeklong break following a lopsided loss at Ohio State.

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Below is a look at Monday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams: Girls basketball...

 

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