November 1st, 2011
Mary Louise Bandy Gantt, 93, of Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Gantt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Forrest Carpenter Isenhower, 96, of Newton, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels. The Isenhower family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Voters in the Newton-Conover City Schools district will choose three Board of Education members in this year's election.
Current Chairman Scott Loudermelt and board member Mark Murphy face challenger Jeanne Jarrett in the race for two seats representing Conover. Current board member Jim Stockner faces no opposition for the Newton seat.
Last month, all four board candidates said funding and achievement are the major issues the school system faces heading into the next term.
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.
â€śOur captains came up to me in the winter last year and wanted to get things going,â€ť Palozzi said. â€śThey got a lot of the kids together, started working, playing a lot and getting in the weight room.â€ť
The following are arrests and incidents reported in Catawba County.
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.
Suspect: Keith Lee Clontz, 27, of 1546 N.C. 16 South in Newton
Charges: Manufacturing marijuana
Suspect: Tyun Jermaine Tipps, 35, of 4247 Rhoney School Road in Hickory Â
Charges: Possesion with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, maintain place for controlled substance.
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 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.
â€˘Â CRIME: An argument ends in a stabbing in Hickory and highway thieves are stealing construction equipment from an I-40 project.
â€˘Â ELECTION 2011: Candidates for mayor in Newton offer their ideas.
â€˘Â Law enforcement officers place a brick in memory of Zahra Baker in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 26 memorial.
â€˘Â Catawba County leaders discuss budget issues.
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.
Catawba County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss legislative opportunities, challenges and consequences of the stateâ€™s budget.
Commissioners will meet with members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissionersâ€™ Advocacy Team (NCACC) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s Sipe Boardroom.
County officials say commissioners normally discuss legislative agendas for the N.C. General Assembly and U.S. Congress, and Thursdayâ€™s meeting will highlight current issues facing the state.
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 Childrenâ€™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.
RALEIGH â€” 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.