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November 1st, 2011

Red Devils ready for playoff run

November 1, 2011

Heading into the playoffs Wednesday, the Newton-Conover soccer team sees shades of 2007.

The Red Devils (20-2-1), who won the state championship that season, are experiencing a bounce-back 2011 campaign.

After finishing last year with an 8-14-1 record, coach Angelo Palozzi said the players re-dedicated themselves to the game.

“Our captains came up to me in the winter last year and wanted to get things going,” Palozzi said. “They got a lot of the kids together, started working, playing a lot and getting in the weight room.”

CRIME: Arrests and incidents

November 1, 2011

The following are arrests and incidents reported in Catawba County.

Arrests

10-28
Suspect: Tara Sheree Smith, 36, of 26 26th St. NW in Hickory
Charges: breaking and entering, assault and battery, damage to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.

10-26
Suspect: Keith Lee Clontz, 27, of 1546 N.C. 16 South in Newton
Charges: Manufacturing marijuana

10-26
Suspect: Tyun Jermaine Tipps, 35, of 4247 Rhoney School Road in Hickory  
Charges: Possesion with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, maintain place for controlled substance.

ELECTION: Newton mayor hopefuls discuss qualifications

November 1, 2011

Newton's current mayor pro-tem and a business entrepreneur face off to become the city's next mayor.

Voters will choose either Anne Stedman, the mayor pro-tem and owner of the Trot House Inn, or Wes Weaver, the entrepreneur, retiree and Newton Merchants Association president.

Both candidates say job growth is essential to the city's future. Read more about Stedman and Weaver on page 2.

The O-N-E morning read: Tuesday, Nov. 1

November 1, 2011

The first day of November brings a new edition of The O-N-E filled with election news, details on the latest Zahra Baker memorial and news of a box-cutter stabbing.

• CRIME: An argument ends in a stabbing in Hickory and highway thieves are stealing construction equipment from an I-40 project.

• ELECTION 2011: Candidates for mayor in Newton offer their ideas.

• Law enforcement officers place a brick in memory of Zahra Baker in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 26 memorial.

• Catawba County leaders discuss budget issues.

October 31st

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

October 31, 2011

Newton's Mark Hanel makes Halloween decorations for his yard in Newton. He constructs frightening mannequins, including the zombie Demona, by hand for his annual display.

Check back each week as The Observer News Enterprise selects photos of the week from images captured in Catawba County in previous days.

County to discuss issues tied to state budget

October 31, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss legislative opportunities, challenges and consequences of the state’s budget.

Commissioners will meet with members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Advocacy Team (NCACC) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Catawba Valley Community College’s Sipe Boardroom.

County officials say commissioners normally discuss legislative agendas for the N.C. General Assembly and U.S. Congress, and Thursday’s meeting will highlight current issues facing the state.

Solid memories

October 31, 2011

Since Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2010, groups across the state have held events, memorials and remembrance ceremonies for the late 10-year-old girl.

Organizations like the Kiwanis Club have raised thousands of dollars for a Zahra Baker memorial playground. Groups like the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Agency have held remembrance ceremonies to remember Zahra and all other child homicide victims.

On Sunday, area authorities used a brick to remember the little girl.

BREAKING STATE NEWS: N.C. Sen. Jim Forrester dies at 74

October 31, 2011

RALEIGH — North Carolina state Sen. Jim Forrester, a physician and social conservative who secured a legislative victory just weeks ago with a constitutional referendum next spring on whether to ban gay marriage, died Monday after a brief hospitalization, according to his daughter. He was 74.

Conover man charged in stabbing

October 31, 2011

A Conover man is in jail after authorities say he tried to kill a man with a box cutter early Saturday morning.

Authorities say one man stabbed another in the neck when an argument between the men escalated after midnight Saturday near the 2800 block of 12th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.

Hickory police say Andre Douglas Little, 42, of Conover, was arguing with an acquaintance at about 12:16 a.m. Saturday at the Ridgecrest Apartments when he stabbed the man in the neck.

CRIME NEWS: Claremont woman caught in theft

October 31, 2011

A fellow customer caught a Claremont woman stealing basic hygiene and consumer items at the local Dollar General store on Friday night.

Authorities say Jamie Sartin, 34, of 4243 Jennifer Lane in Claremont, was shopping at the Dollar General on Centennial Boulevard at about 8:50 p.m. Friday when a customer saw her trying to steal several items.

The customer alerted store officials, who found Sartin trying to steal deodorant, toothpaste, oil candles and several other items from the store.

Claremont Police were called and cops charged Sartin with concealment of goods.

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