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Full of resolve

December 30, 2011

Each January, millions across the nation make an impermanent oath of some kind — a New Year’s resolution.

For many, that resolution means a trip back to the gym — to run, walk, box, Zumba or Jazzercise.

Regardless of whether those commitments last one year or one week, one fact remains — the new year gives a big boost to local gyms.

Gyms throughout Catawba County say the new year brings a steady stream of new customers looking to get into shape.

Sears, Kmart stores safe — for now

December 30, 2011

A Sears store in Hickory and a Kmart store in Conover are not on a preliminary list of stores Sears Holding Corp. plans to close.

Amid financial troubles, the company announced this week plans for closing 79 stores in 25 states to raise cash.

A list of planned closings released Thursday includes four North Carolina Sears locations, including stores in Statesville, High Point, Rocky Mount and Morehead City.

Florida will be hit hardest by the closing of 11 Sears and Kmart stores.
Sears Holding Corp. has operated Sears and Kmart stores since a 2005 merger.

Resolutions for the new year? Vote now!

December 30, 2011

Will you make a resolution to improve your life in 2012?

Vote in The O-N-E poll at observernewsonline.com, and pick up a copy of the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's poll on the top stories of 2011.

Man dies in house fire

December 30, 2011

A house fire killed an 81-year-old man Friday morning in the Oxford community.

Fire burned the home at 4086 Hall Dairy Road north of Claremont. The man's identity was not released Friday.

“At this point, there’s probably going to be a loss of life,” Oxford Fire Chief Wayne Smith said at the scene, adding that fire marshals, the sheriff’s office and State Bureau of Investigation are still investigating the fire. Officials said they do not believe arson was the cause.

Hickory athletic director, coach John Worley to retire

December 30, 2011

Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.

During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worley’s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.

Hickory AD, coach retiring

December 30, 2011

Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.

During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worley’s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.

BREAKING: 162 new jobs announced

December 30, 2011

Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that Infinisource Holdings Inc., a nationally known benefits administrator focused on small to mid-market firms, will move its headquarters and start a new division in Charlotte. The company plans to create 162 jobs over the next five years with a $500,000 capital investment in Mecklenburg County. The project was made possible in part by a Job Development Investment Grant.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Dec. 30

December 30, 2011

Hickory High captured championship crowns in the 25th Annual Catawba Valley Classic last night. See complete details about all the tournament action in The O-N-E’s print and online editions. See the game blog here: www.observernewsonline.com/content/catawba-valley-classic-championship-b....

Catawba County and north Carolina residents will see new laws take effect Monday. Getting cold medication gets more challenging. Teens must start logging driving time. Find out more details in Friday’s O-N-E.

The new year also brings more pain at the gas pump.

Campaign trail: Burr backs Romney

December 30, 2011

Mitt Romney announced the support of North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday night.

“I am honored to have Senator Burr’s support,” said Romney. “Senator Burr has been a consistent conservative who is committed to lowering taxes, abolishing unnecessary regulations, and restoring our nation’s fiscal health. With his help, I look forward to bringing my message of a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter’ federal government to voters in North Carolina and across the nation.”

December 29th

Hickory tops Newton-Conover in Classic final

December 29, 2011

Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.

When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devils’ chance at a repeat.

The game’s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two school’s football programs.

Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts — a staggering 22 percent for the game.

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