November 17th, 2011
The O-N-E continues its examination of homelessness in Catawba County as area organizations observe Hunger and Homelessness Week.
On a rainy day that would have been Zahra Bakerâ€™s 12 birthday, Kiwanis Clubs in the region broke ground on a memorial playground in Hickory.
In Newton, city leaders want to ease rules for civic clubs promoting events with temporary signs placed in public rights of way. Businesses, too, could benefit from new sign rules.
Donâ€™t miss OUTLOOKâ€™s feature spotlight on performances of "The Nutcracker Suite" at Newton-Conover Auditorium.
Trying to get back to a winning track in boys basketball, Fred T. Foard is hoping new coach Rob Bliss will be the â€śstraw that stirs the drink.â€ť
Bliss, a former coach at Brevard, East Burke and West Henderson High Schools, comes to Foard with a 235-143 career coaching mark.
He guides a Foard hoops team that went 3-20 last year under former coach Mike Hainirhar, which includes an 0-12 Northwestern Conference record.
During the past two seasons, Foard is winless in 24 NWC games played.
Bliss said that becoming successful is about focusing on the future.
Stepping into the role of coach at a successful girls program at Fred T. Foard, Brad Mangum attempts to follow in the footsteps of his mentor.
Mangum takes over for Wendy Price, who coached 11 seasons, won 182 games and made the playoffs nine times.
The former South Caldwell assistant under Lady Spartans coach Jeff Parham for seven seasons realizes the programâ€™s prestige at Foard, but wants to build it further.
When basketball season tips off next week, Newton-Conover High School enters brand new territory with two new head coaches.
Jonathan Tharpe, who coached the Lady Red Devils for three seasons, takes over the boys program from former coach Mark Carter.
â€śI think the biggest thing is we are continuing to build the program,â€ť Tharpe said. â€śThe same type of philosophies and things we did with the girls team I am trying to instill with the guys.â€ť
The Red Devils were 13-11 overall and 9-5 in conference play last year, making it to the first round of the playoffs.
This photo of Paul Gaither, of Claremont, is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Gaither and many other veterans participated in a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the veterans memorial at Claremont City Park. Gaither said he and his son have helped erect the honor walls at the memorial.
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Some of the areaâ€™s homeless residents agree that immediate aid resources are plentiful in the county. They say, however, that there is a long line of underlying barriers that require hurdling on the path to help.
The areaâ€™s homeless and homed residents talked reality on Tuesday in Hickory during a forum that was part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. They discussed truths, myths, barriers and needs that revolve around homelessness and the quest to getting â€śback on their feet.â€ť
A day that would have been Zahra Bakerâ€™s 12th birthday was mostly filled with persistent rain and mud.
Nearing 10 a.m. Wednesday, however, steady droplets turned to a drizzle, then a mist, until the downpour finally ceased.
Hickory officials, local law enforcement members and project donors stood with umbrellas and raincoats as soppy soil was turned at the site of the future Zahra Baker All Childrenâ€™s Playground.
Catawba Valley Medical Center unveiled its new Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics this week.
The center, which opened this month, will provide nearby wound care for patients in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke and Alexander counties.
"Chronic wound patients are often the elderly, who are susceptible to vascular disease, diabetes and pressure ulcers," CVMC officials said in a press release.
The new center will meet a growing need for wound care in the Unifour area, officials said.
If a Newton business is holding a weekend sale, it can advertise, but not with temporary signs posted along roadsides in the area.
Current Newton City Code prohibits it.
Likewise, if Newton Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a pancake breakfast, the club is violating city ordinances when it places temporary signs on public rights-of-way throughout the city's downtown.
"That sounds restrictive to our businesses," said Newton Council member Robert Abernethy Jr.
Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) honors the system's outstanding student athletes through its Hall of Fame.
Now, the system plans to create a similar annual award for those who impact schools through substantial time contributions and monetary donations.
NCCS will present its first "Red Blazer Award" in the spring. The board of education reviewed award plans this week.
"The focus is on anything that went toward the betterment of the school system," said Dr. David Stegall, the system's associate superintendent.