January 27th, 2012
Some of Newton's oldest and youngest residents will soon have advanced warnings of oncoming severe weather.
Newton Police Department (NPD) recently received a $1,000 grant from Target Corp. to purchase weather alert radios. The department decided to apply for the grant after a tornado ripped through Claremont in October 2010 and strong storms hit the area in summer 2011, said NPD Capt. Tim Hayes.
"We think, given past situations and the tendency of severe weather in this area, that this will greatly benefit our citizens," Hayes said.
Catawba County moved one step closer Friday to operating an ABC store in the town of Taylorsville and securing a slight increase in alcohol-sales revenue.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion for the county's ABC board to absorb and manage Taylorsville's only ABC store. The move now awaits approval by the Taylorsville Town Council, the Catawba County ABC Board and the state.
Dinosaurs, wedding planning and Habitat housing opportunities await this week in the region.
The Catawba Science Center's new dinosaurs exhibit opened Saturday in Hickory.
Wedding specialists will gather Sunday afternoon in Conover to help brides and grooms prepare for the big day.
Habitat for Humanity will hold a meeting Tuesday for citizens interested in housing assistance.
Does a good health score mean a clean restaurant? In the wake of an illness outbreak among a seafood restaurantâs patrons, some are residents have questions.
Vote in The O-N-E online reader poll and share your thoughts: www.observernewsonline.com/content/high-sanitation-ratings-clean-restaurant.
A Newton man serving a life sentence for raping a woman near Newton in 1990 will soon be back on the streets when he is paroled in 2014.
Meanwhile from todayâs police reports, a pair of brothers, kidnapped, robbed and beat a man, but they couldnât get away from police.
Catawba County health officials say at least 40 citizens have reported recent illnesses related to eating at the Harbor Inn seafood restaurant on Fairgrove Church Road in Conover.
Harbor Inn's owner told The O-N-E this week there are no problems with his restaurant's food, its handling or storage.
Phyllis Eriksonâs passion for orchids began 30 years ago. As hobbyists, Erikson and her husband, Dale, filled their home with orchids. Soon, they ran out of room, moved the orchids to an outdoor shed and quickly filled it.
âThat first winter, all our orchids froze,â she said. âThatâs when we built the greenhouse.â
Erikson turned her hobby into an avocation, a vocation and now a business. Ironwood Estate Orchids is located behind the Eriksonsâ home, nestled in the woods, with two greenhouses full of orchids in various stages of growth and bloom.
For the second time in two months, the sport of mixed martial arts will visit Hickory.
Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) is hosting a second event at the Freedom Center, following a successful first event in December.
The first fight drew 374 people to the center.
âWe did not expect that many people,â said CWK Promotions President and CEO Casey Jenkins. â(ECCF) expected a few people to come, but we werenât sure because MMA had never been in Hickory before.â
The dates for the 2012 annual Catawba County middle school basketball tournament were released this week.
The tournament will be at Mill Creek Middle School starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3.
Game times for the first three days are at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final day includes the championship contests, which are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.
All games will start approximately 10 minutes after the prior game is completed.
Host Mill Creek, the defending girls champion, knocked off River Bend last year, 47-37, at Jacobs Fork Middle School.
Anne Elizabeth Wilfong Baldwin, 76, of Whitewater, Wisc., died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are by Lunsford Funeral Home in Cuthbert, Ga.
A Newton man sentenced to life in prison for raping a young woman more than 20 years ago will be released in 2014, the state Parole Commission announced this week.
Wilford Russell Hicks was convicted of two counts of first-degree rape on June 7, 1990, and was sentenced to life in prison.
According to detectives at the time of his arrest, Hicks and Samuel David Ramseur, both of the same address on East 2nd Street in Newton, raped a 26-year-old white woman on Feb. 27, 1990 on a dirt road off N.C. 10.