Archive - May 2012
Primary day yielded few surprises in Catawba County in the presidential and state governor primaries.
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney tallied the most votes for U.S. president.
Former Charlotte mayor and Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton received the most votes in North Carolina's gubernatorial race.
North Carolina's constitutional marriage amendment gained strong support in Catawba County.
Of the 35,230 ballots cast in the county Tuesday, there were 35,009 marriage amendment votes. Nearly 26,000 people (74.22%) of county voters approved the amendment. About 9,000 (25.78%) voted against it.
North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that defines marriage, and Catawba County sent incumbents in to Novemberâ€™s general election.
Complete details from Election 2012's primary are inside Wednesdayâ€™s edition of The O-N-E. Be sure to visit www.observernewsonline.com for vote counts, precinct results and in-depth information about Tuesdayâ€™s primary.
Catawba County commissioner incumbents Dan Hunsucker and Barbara Beatty secured spots in November's general election with primary victories Tuesday.
Hunsucker and Beatty, who both gained more votes than GOP challengers Steve Graves and Kevin Spiva, now face Democrat Steve Hunt, who was unopposed in Tuesday's primary.
Unofficial results of the race for Catawba County commissioner:
Incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Republican, and Democratic N.C. Rep. Patsy Keever won primaries in U.S. House District 10.
Unofficial results of the race in the 10th congressional district in Catawba County:
Patrick McHenry 14,639 votes (73.49%)
Ken Fortenberry 3,917 votes (19.66%)
Don Peterson 1,363 votes (6.84%)
From the Great White North to the Greater Hickory Metro, Crawdads catcher Kellin Deglan has experienced an interesting journey.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Newton-Conover's attempt to three-peat as 2A dual team state champions ended Tuesday with a 6-0 loss to Shelby, the top-ranked tennis team in the state.
The Red Devils, who finish the season with a 16-5 record, battled a number of injuries to players, which didn't make trying to knock off the Golden Lions an easy task.
Tuesday's minor league baseball game between the Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators was postponed due to inclement weather.
A make-up date has not been announced, but will be made for a later date.
The Crawdads return home Thursday for the first game of a four-game tilt against the Savannah Sand Gnats. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Catawba County commissioners Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker secured the most votes in Tuesday's Republican primary.
Hunsucker garnered 37 percent of the commission race vote, while Beatty received 30 percent.
Catawba County voters made it clear Tuesday that they support marriage between one man and one woman.
Seventy-four percent of county voters supported the stateâ€™s marriage amendment, which states that the only legally recognized union in North Carolina isÂ marriageÂ between one man and one woman.
In a statewide referendum, 60 percent of North Carolinians voted for the amendment.