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November 4th, 2011

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November 4, 2011

Jerry Glover Harbinson, 84, of Maiden, died Nov. 3, 2011 at his residence. Goodin-Drum Funeral is serving the Harbinson family.

Betty Duncan Herman, 80, of Hickory, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Herman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Time change good for testing smoke alarms

November 4, 2011

Daylight savings time will give residents an extra hour on Sunday — one fire officials say should be used to replace smoke alarms and batteries.

Area fire chiefs say smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are so important that they will come out and install them for you — literally.

Newton, Conover, Claremont and Hickory fire departments all have programs that provide free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for those in need.

The real ‘storage wars’

November 4, 2011

Cut the locks off and roll up the doors — its bidding time.

Interest in storage auctions has exploded throughout the last year across the nation and right here in Catawba County.

Extremely popular reality TV shows like “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters” have exposed millions of Americans to what can be a fast-paced and exciting business. An increase in advertising and marketing websites promoting storage auctions have also made it easy for the average resident to find a “real-life” auction in their neck of the woods.

Lovely for Newton

November 4, 2011

Newton calls itself "the Heart of Catawba County."

The city now hopes it can enter the hearts of television producers who plan to film a matchmaking reality show in one of America's small towns.

Adam Baker set for Catawba court

November 4, 2011

Adam Baker is due in Catawba County court on Monday to face charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses.

In September, Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

Baker, the father of the 10-year-old girl Zahra who was brutally murdered last year, is also charged with two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property in Caldwell County.

STATE NEWS: Campaign nets 758 DWI charges

November 4, 2011

N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced Friday that state and local law enforcement officers cited 758 drivers for driving while impaired during the “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign, which ran Oct. 28-31.

A total of 20,786 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.
“It is important to remove drivers under the influence from our roadways,” Secretary Conti said. “The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers, is dedicated to preventing crashes and making our roadways safer.”

November 3rd

The O-N-E morning read: Friday, Nov. 4

November 3, 2011

Catawba County leaders say a state ranking system for determining how counties receive economic incentives hurts some counties' abilities to secure them.

Conover City Council candidates share why they are running and why you should give them your vote.

Adam Baker's case in Caldwell County is continued and may go to a grand jury.

The Newton-Conover Red Devils volleyball team aims for the program's first state championship Saturday in Raleigh. Players believe they may have already passed their toughest test in getting to the title game.

Conover candidates compete for seats

November 3, 2011

Six candidates are competing for three seats on the Conover City Council this election.

Current Conover Mayor Pro-tem Kyle Hayman and current councilman Don Beal are the only incumbents running for re-election.

They are challenged by Bruce Eckard, a former Conover mayor and councilman; Kim Cline, a current Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education member; Jeff Byrd; and Lew Waddell.

Current councilwoman Penny Corpening will not seek re-election after withdrawing from the race in September.

Economic roadblock

November 3, 2011

Catawba County officials say a state ranking system hinders job creation here and throughout North Carolina.

The state’s economic ranking system — the “tier structure” — revolves around tax incentives for expanding businesses. The state gives growing companies larger incentives if they set up shop in a lower-tiered area — or one it considers more economically distressed — and less to counties ranked as more economically successful.   

County collects waste Saturday

November 3, 2011

Catawba County will collect household hazardous waste at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory on Saturday.

All types of electronic products will be accepted for disposal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers of the collection say this is a very important event because these the products should not be trashed with other garbage. They say the materials can easily contaminate groundwater.

“The County has contracted with Clean Harbors to handle the collection of household hazardous waste and eCycleSecure to collect electronic waste,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator.

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