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November 18th, 2011

New McHenry challenger emerges in Asheville

November 18, 2011

ASHEVILLE — Another Asheville-area elected official is going to run for Congress.

Democratic state Rep. Patsy Keever told the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/vpptEb ) on Friday she would seek her party's nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry in the 10th District.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy announced earlier this week she would run in the Democratic Party primary, too.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Nov. 18

November 18, 2011

The Catawba Valley air is crisp and cool Friday morning,

While many residents will snuggle inside warm homes and warm jackets, some families aren’t so fortunate. The Observer News Enterprise continues its observance of Hunger and Homelessness Week with an examination of poverty on display in the area’s elementary schools. Did you know more than half the students at South Newton Elementary School qualify for free and reduced lunches due to their families’ income level?

The O-N-E announces Hometown Christmas winner

November 18, 2011

Hickory-resident J. Thomes Foster is this week's winner of $100 in The Observer News Enterprise's Hometown Christmas program.

Foster registered to win at Viewmont-area business Wild Birds Unlimited, one of 70 area businesses supporting The O-N-E's holiday "shop-local" campaign. His entry was drawn from among hundreds of others just before 8 a.m. during the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and WAIZ.

November 17th

Friday, November 18, 2011

November 17, 2011

Dorcas Gomedela, 88, formerly of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Williamsburg, Va.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Georgie Lou Hendricks Johnson, 85, of Springs East Road, Lincolnton, died on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Johnson Family. 

Cops find stolen furniture in Mayfield's home

November 17, 2011

Police recovered more stolen property at Jeremy Mayfield’s home this week, but no further charges have been filed against him.

Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was indicted last week on charges of possession of methamphetamine after police served a search warrant at his home in Catawba on Nov. 1. In addition to finding 1.5 ounces of meth in the search, authorities also recovered more than $100,000 in equipment stolen from Lincoln and Iredell counties.

Tour highlights county poverty

November 17, 2011

Connie Clark held back tears Thursday.

She had just visited impoverished elementary school students and a soup kitchen full of poor and homeless adults.

In people of all ages, she saw desperate needs.

Clark and more than 100 other Catawba County residents observed poverty's effect on their neighbors Thursday, and they discussed opportunities to help the needy.

Ethics panel may probe Hilton, LaRoque loans

November 17, 2011

RALEIGH — A leading state House Democrat wants a Republican lawmaker investigated by his colleagues about two economic development nonprofit groups that he operates and were scrutinized by an outside advocacy group this year.

Now the House's leader says he'll ask an ethics panel to review situation to determine if an investigation is needed after N.C. Rep. Stephen Laroque provided loans for two state lawmakers including Catawba County's N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton.

‘The Nutcracker Suite’ sweeps into Newton

November 17, 2011

Symphonic music and artistic dance have taken over the stage of The Newton Conover Auditorium as The New Art School of Ballet makes its final preparations before “The Nutcracker Suite” is preformed in front of hundreds of people.

Under the direction of Michael and Melissa French, co-artistic directors for the New Art School of Ballet, in collaboration with Reggie Helton, executive director of The New Art School and the Kontras String Quartet, “The Nutcracker Suite” will be presented on Dec. 3 for two public showings, in addition to two private showings reserved for area students.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Nov. 17

November 17, 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 Baker’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.

Don’t miss OUTLOOK’s feature spotlight on performances of "The Nutcracker Suite" at Newton-Conover Auditorium.

November 16th

Foard's Bliss looking to future, not past

November 17, 2011

Trying to get back to a winning track in boys basketball, Fred T. Foard is hoping new coach Rob Bliss will be the “straw that stirs the drink.”

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.

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