November 18th, 2011
Students and adults from across Catawba County shared cultures from around the world Friday at Mountain View Elementary School.
More than 700 elementary school children learned about Mexican, Irish, Hmong and other cultures during the school's second International Day.
The event included information about different countries, and several groups of performers staged dances and songs from around the world.
Three women say a doctor they worked for in Conover made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward them.
The women â€” two Catawba County residents and an Alexander County resident â€” filed a federal lawsuit against their former employer this week, each seeking damages in excess of $100,000.
The Catawba County attorney charged with extortion and obstruction of justice has hired a lawyer and will next appear in court on Jan. 3.
Shawn Clark, an ex-district 25 attorney candidate and lawyer based in Hickory, is accused of issuing threats and false affidavits to cover up an alleged sexual relationship with a former client, Tiffany Turnmire, in 2009.
Clark was scheduled to be in court on Friday, but didnâ€™t have to appear after hiring attorney David Freedman to handle his case.
Plans to cook up a new bakery in downtown Newton never rose, but now a different type of retail business is fermenting in its place.
Earlier this year, the city of Newton received an $80,830 Main Street Solutions grant from the state's department of commerce. The purpose of the grant was to provide matching funds for a Charlotte-area businessman who committed to invest $160,000 in renovations for a building on the city's Court Square.
At the time the city received the grant, Dennis Baucom planned to convert the former home of Phyllis' Crafts into a bakery and create four jobs.
ASHEVILLE â€” 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 Catawba Valley air is crisp and cool Friday morning,
While many residents will snuggle inside warm homes and warm jackets, some families arenâ€™t so fortunate. The Observer News Enterprise continues its observance of Hunger and Homelessness Week with an examination of poverty on display in the areaâ€™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 familiesâ€™ income level?
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.
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.
Police recovered more stolen property at Jeremy Mayfieldâ€™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.
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.