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January 6th

Friday, January 7, 2011

January 6, 2011

Harold Nelson Jones, 52, of Connelly Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.  The Jones family has entrusted arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.

Ella Goodson Abernethy, 96, of Lincolnton, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.  Services will be held Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church.

Stepmom's relative: Zahra died of natural causes

January 6, 2011

RALEIGH — A relative of Zahra Baker's stepmother said Wednesday that the jailed woman told her the 10-year-old girl died of an illness and that her parents "went wild," dismembering and hiding her remains.

Boncetta "Buzzie" Winkler, 76, told The Associated Press that she met this week with her niece, Elisa Baker, and talked about what happened to the freckle-faced Australian girl whose disappearance and death have riveted communities in North Carolina and her native country.

January 5th

Hickory sweeps team awards

January 6, 2011

At the first gathering of all area swim teams, Hickory swept the board.

The Tornadoes won the boys and girls team awards and the combined team award.

"This is the first meet we had with the whole county since I've been coaching," said Hickory head coach Cathy Hitchcock. "We swim them at dual meets, but not everyone together. So it was kind of a neat thing to see all levels together."

It was an emotional night for the Maiden swim team. They were competing for the first time without teammate Kelsey Ann Hunt, who passed away on Christmas day.

Tipps scores 18 points in victory

January 5, 2011

The Red Devils remain undefeated in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A.

Despite a rough first half of shooting, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team outscored East Burke 37-17 in the second half on their way to a 61-34 win.

Burke put the pressure on the Red Devils (9-1, 3-0) early and maintained a lead through most of the first quarter. Newton-Conover wouldn't scored their first basket until the midpoint of the quarter.

Cutest pet wanted

January 5, 2011

The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook want to see your cute pet.
If you think your pet is the cutest in Catawba County, send in a picture, and we will publish it in our annual Pet Parade cutest pet contest.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 12.
E-mail entries to onenews@observernewsonline.com or bring them by the office at 309 N. College Ave. in Newton.
Be sure to include your name and your pet's name; contact information, including address and phone number (which will not be published); and your pet's photo.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January 5, 2011

Susan Travis Proctor, 45, of Conover, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Proctor family.

Ray R. Abernethy, 88, of Catawba, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Abernethy family.

Conover Station goes live

January 5, 2011

Even though Conover Station isn't open, its website is up and running for the community to see the ins and outs of the city's brainchild.

Conover Station, located on the old Broyhill site in the heart of Conover, has a website that was published live Tuesday. A representative from a marketing firm in Morganton presented the website to city council members during their scheduled monthly meeting.

City applies for park grant

January 5, 2011

Claremont will apply for a grant worth more than $130,000 to improve and expand the city's Francis Sigman Park.

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant will pay for up to $140,281 for improvements to the park, if the city's application is accepted.

Henry Helton, who is in charge of the Claremont's public relations, presented possible expansion and improvement ideas to City Council on Monday at its regularly scheduled meeting.

"We've got this facility," Helton said. "Let's use it to the fullest capacity."

4th grader wins CCS bee

January 5, 2011

Catawba County Schools has a new way to spell winner: K-a-m-i-n-s-k-i.
Blackburn Elementary School fourth-grader Brandon Kaminski, 9, won the system's 2010-11 district spelling bee, which was held Wednesday at Maiden High School.

Kaminski out-spelled 20 students from the county's elementary and middle schools. Every student participating in Wednesday's bee was the winner of their respective school's spelling bee.

"I just really like (spelling), because it gives me the opportunity to do something that no one else in my school has done recently," Kaminski said.

Council approves Pierre incentives

January 5, 2011

Claremont City Council approved incentives aimed at the creation and retention of jobs in the city and surrounding area.

Council members unanimously accepted economic incentives with Advance Pierre Foods on Monday at Claremont's monthly council meeting.

The agreement provides tax incentives equal to 80 percent reduction in property taxes during the next five years and comes with the stipulation that Advance Pierre Foods must create and keep 500 new jobs at the company's Claremont production facility.

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