Johnnie Mae Mitchell, 73, of Hickory, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at the Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba. Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Mitchell family.
David Ray Searcy, 67, of Sherrills Ford, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at his residence. The Searcy family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Leaders in Catawba County are discussing possible actions related to a new state law that prohibits municipalities from banning permitted concealed weapons in town and city parks.
Municipal leaders, however, say they don't expect immediate council actions to create new ordinances to align with the law and allow permitted weapons.
For 24 years, Rick Reid balanced two professional roles.
On one hand, he worked for the N.C. Department of Agriculture (NCDA) and Consumer Services. He worked in the field of structural pest and pesticides, rising to a supervisory position.
On the other hand, Reid became a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, serving in multiple wars abroad, as well as training and advising new enlistees.
Reid, a Newton resident, retired from the National Guard in 2010 after 24 years of service. He was recently honored by the president of the United States.
The 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic basketball tournament tips off Tuesday afternoon at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College.
Follow action hoops action from boys and girls games as The O-N-E delivers updates on with its online edition, www.observernewsonline.com, and on its Twitter feed @TheONENews.
CHARLOTTE â€” Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas floated the idea last week of playing point guards D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker at the same time once they got comfortable with each other, even though it might put his team at a big size disadvantage.
Apparently they're comfortable.
When crunch time arrived Monday night both were on the floor. Augustin scored 19 points, Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining, as the Bobcats erased a 14-point second half deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-95 in their season opener.
Christmas has come and gone, but in the days ahead, signs of its departure will still be apparent on streets throughout Catawba County. How will you dispose of your live Christmas tree? Find out how to get rid of the trees the correct and legal way in the Tuesday edition of The Observer News Enterprise.
Also in The O-N-E, Maiden High senior student-athlete Dustin Hipps gets a special salute from the Carolina Panthers. Read more in The O-N-Eâ€™s print edition and online at www.observernewsonline.com/content/maidens-hipps-honored-panthers-game.
Two holiday prep basketball tournaments highlight the local sports schedule this week. All area girls and boys hoops teams are in action in the Catawba Valley Classic or the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Catawba Valley Classic
Girls bracket (at CVCC's Tarlton Complex)
No. 1 Hickory vs. No. 8 Bunker Hill, 4:00 p.m.
No. 4 South Caldwell vs. No. 4 Maiden, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Newton-Conover vs. No. 6 Fred T. Foard, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Alexander Central vs. No. 7 St. Stephens, 8:30 p.m.
Boys bracket (at Hickory H.S.)
No. 3 Alexander Central vs. No. 6 Maiden, 4:30 p.m.
Faith Reidenbach Parsons, 53, of Conover, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at her residence. The Parsons family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Deidra Templeton Lackey left her earthly home on Monday, Dec. 12,
2011, and passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is handling arrangements for the Lackey family.
County officials are urging residents to dispose of their Christmas trees in the correct â€” and legal â€” manner.
Area residents can recycle Christmas trees at five solid waste convenience centers throughout the county through Jan. 31.
The county, in coordination with Garbage Disposal Services (GDS), will also provide curbside collection of trees Jan. 9-20.
Disposal of Christmas trees in regular trash containers is illegal, according to North Carolina law.
Maiden senior Dustin Hipps was honored Saturday as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain during the Panthers' final home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hipps â€” who plays football, baseball and basketball at Maiden â€” received the honor for work in sports, academics and community service.
"It was an exciting and very humbling experience," Hipps said of being honored on the field. "It definitely ranks near the top of my experiences in life. It was pretty cool to be out on the field with those players."
He first learned about the honor in an announcement he received in the mail.