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Archive - 2012

January 12th

Catawba offers aid

January 12, 2012

Catawba County aid and emergency workers are helping their Burke County neighbors who are homeless after tornadoes ripped through the Icard area Wednesday night.

Emergency officials estimate the severe weather affected more than 56 homes in Burke and Rutherford counties, including 18 homes that were completely destroyed and five that sustained major damages.

The National Weather Service's forecast office in Greer, S.C., said Thursday that investigators confirmed a tornado with winds of around 115 mph.

Public dental practice expanding

January 12, 2012

An additional 1,500 children will be served by an expansion of Catawba County's dental health practice, health officials say.

Construction crews began renovating Catawba County Public Health’s (CCPH) dental health practice this week, and it's a project leaders say will double square footage, update and add new equipment, and provide more adequate public and private areas.

The dental practice will remain open under current hours during the renovations. Construction is set to be completed within about 60 days, said Kelly Isenhour, CCPH assistant health director.

Storm scatters lives

January 12, 2012

As the sun rose Thursday morning, the tremendous scale of the devastation became apparent.

A windy, narrow path called South Fork Road, in Icard off Old N.C. 10, was one of the hardest areas hit.

You had to pass through a police roadblock just to get access to the street.

Burke County sheriff’s officers said there were several reports of looting in the area the night before, when January tornadoes ripped through the region, injuring dozens, damaging nearly 60 homes and changing people’s lives.

Driving along South Fork, signs of the storm were virtually everywhere.

Shimabukuro's Ukulele 'Gently Weeps'

January 12, 2012

Jake Shimabukuro believes music is the greatest gift, and the ukulele is the friendliest way to present that gift to the world.

Jake Shimabukuro’s life is centered on the ukulele — it’s been that way since he was 4 and picked up a “uke.”

“My mom played and taught me my first few chords,” Shimabukuro said. “I started strumming mainly traditional Hawaiian music has a child.”

Later, though, Shimabukuro enjoyed the challenge of trying to play other styles of music on the four string, two octave instrument, such as jazz, classical or rock.

BREAKING: Food Lion, Bottom Dollar company cuts 5K jobs

January 12, 2012

BRUSSELS — Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize says it is cutting almost 5,000 jobs in the United States as it closes underperforming stores.

Delhaize said Thursday that it is shutting down 113 Food Lion supermarkets, as well as seven Bloom and six Bottom Dollar Food stores within the next 30 days.

According to documents published online by Food Lion, the Hickory Bottom Dollar Food store on U.S. 70 will be converted to a Food Lion. No other Hickory Metro grocery stores owned by the company are affected. A Bottom Dollar Food store will be closed.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Jan. 12

January 12, 2012

Severe weather swept through the Catawba Valley on Wednesday evening, and The Observer News Enterprise delivered information about storms and emergency warnings to online readers and Twitter followers throughout the event.

Get news updates on Twitter @TheONENews and visit www.observernewsonline.com often for breaking news information.

UPDATES: Tornado confirmed in Wednesday storm

January 12, 2012

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado damaged dozens of homes and injured at least 15 people in western North Carolina.

The weather service's forecast office in Greer, S.C., said Thursday that investigators confirmed the tornado with winds of around 115 mph.

The storms struck in Rutherford and Burke counties late Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas, meteorologist Neil Dixon with the weather service office in Greer, S.C., said.

January 11th

Lenoir-Rhyne Bears survive, beat Bulldogs

January 11, 2012

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s basketball team held off Wingate at home Wednesday for a 75-71 win in Hickory.

Sophomore Allan Jones led the Bears (6-8, 2-3) with 20 points, and forward D.J. Blackmon added 18 points.

Jamie Vaughn netted 16 points for Wingate (7-8, 3-2), while Quan Alexander scored 16 points of his own off of the Bulldog bench.

Despite leading by 13 with 15:07 left, the Bulldogs whittled down the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the ball game.

Rangers announce Crawdads' 2012 field staff

January 11, 2012

The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2012 field staff for the ‘Dads.

Third-year field manager Bill Richardson, accompanied by pitching coach Storm Davis, will return.

Hitting coach Josue Perez and coach Humberto Miranda will be new to the staff this season.

Last year’s training and conditioning tandem will return in athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and strength and conditioning coach Anthony Miller.

New Bobcat C Mullens makes most of his opportunity

January 11, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Byron Mullens knew it wouldn't be easy to win over Charlotte Bobcats fans.

Mullens had only scored 39 points in 26 games during his two seasons with the Thunder, so he understood the disgruntlement when the Bobcats traded away a second-round pick in 2013 to the Thunder to get him.

"When I got traded here a lot of people were kind of upset and saying, 'Why did we trade for this guy?'" Mullens said.

But three weeks into his tenure with the Bobcats, Mullens has quickly developed into a fan favorite because of the instant offense he's provided off the bench.

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