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November 27th, 2011

Newton lights up for Christmas season

November 27, 2011

Newton lit up its downtown Sunday night as hundreds celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season.

The city’s “Light Up The Town” drew a crowd to the courthouse square for music, singing and homemade treats.

Children lined up around the square for free pictures with Santa Claus and $3 rides on a camel named Bubba.

Anne Stedman, Newton’s mayor elect, welcomed the crowd to the holiday celebration.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

November 27, 2011

Nov. 28
Bunker Hill basketball at Alexander Central
Maiden basketball at Lincolnton

Nov. 29
St. Stephens basketball at Bandys
North Lincoln at Bunker Hill basketball
Fred T. Foard basketball at West Lincoln
Maiden wrestling at Hibriten (vs. Hibriten and East Burke), 6 p.m.
N-C wrestling at Alexander Central, 7 p.m.

Nov. 30
Fred T. Foard basketball at Bandys
Bandys wrestling at North Surry High School (West Wilkes HS), 6 p.m.
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Bunker Hill (North Stokes), 5 p.m.
St. Stephens basketball at Maiden

Newton, Panthers keep Colts winless, 27-19

November 27, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carolina finally found a venue where it could win on the road — Indianapolis.

Cam Newton threw for 208 yards and ran for one touchdown Sunday, while DeAngelo Williams scored twice to help the Panthers hold off the winless Colts 27-19 for their first road victory in nearly two years. Carolina had lost 12 consecutive road games since beating the Giants in New York on Dec. 27, 2009.

Jonathan Stewart ran 10 times for 70 yards, while Williams finished with 15 carries for 69 yards. Newton ran nine times for 53 yards.

November 25th

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 25, 2011

Ray Cletus Cansler, 77, of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Cansler family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

Louise Berry Sites, 82, of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at her residence. The Sites family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Tree season begins

November 25, 2011

Now that Thanksgiving dinner is out of the way, the busy season has started for North Carolina's multimillion dollar Christmas tree industry.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says fresh, state-grown Christmas trees will be available at stands and farmers markets this weekend, as well as at farms in the western part of the state, where most of the trees are grown.

Joey's Christmas Trees off 321 Business in Maiden set up trees at its stand this week. Richard Williams was busy drilling holes in the bottoms of trees to stand them up.

Small Business Saturday supports local shops

November 25, 2011

A customer sat in the Conover Hardware parking lot at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

The store opened at 7 a.m., manager Penny Corpening said. When it did, the customer bought one of everything in Conover Hardware's sale circular.

"She said 'these are great deals, I need this,'" Corpening said. "We have a lot of great deals, but it's not just about sales. It's about building relationships."

Dozens of local businesses across Catawba County hope to maintain those

Rare bird visits county

November 25, 2011

Catawba County's Riverbend Park has a new attraction.

It's only inches long, colorful and may soon be gone.

An Allen's hummingbird is visiting the park off N.C. 16 near the line between Catawba and Alexander counties.

The adult male bird has a rusty-colored head, back and sides, metallic green on his back and a bright orange-red throat. He is only the second Allen's hummingbird ever recorded in North Carolina, according to Catawba County parks officials. The breed usually spends summers in western California and southern Oregon.

Shoppers set up early for TVs

November 25, 2011

Chris Willard’s quest on Black Friday started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Best Buy in Hickory.

Arriving to a half-empty parking lot and sidewalks free of shoppers, Willard sat down next to a sign outside Best Buy that read, “Line Starts Here.”

He was the first in line.

“As soon as I got off work, I came up here,” said Willard, a Taylorsville native. “When I saw there was no one here, I didn’t even think twice to start waiting."

For the next 32 hours that included near-freezing overnight temperatures, almost no sleep and a growing crowd, Willard waited.

Catawba County's week ahead

November 25, 2011

Holiday events abound this week in Catawba County with a homes tour to benefit education, a duct tape crafts workshop, a visit by Santa Claus to Sherrills Ford and a concert at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The week also includes a World AIDS Day ceremony in Hickory and a Hmong New Year Celebration at Catawba Valley Community College.

For more events throughout each week, pick up a print edition of The Observer News Enterprise. For breaking news each day, visit observernewsonline.com.

Monday

Did you participate in Black Friday? Vote now!

November 25, 2011

The O-N-E's latest reader poll is up at observernewsonline.com.

This week, share whether or not you participated in Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping.

Look for a new poll each Friday at observernewsonline.com, and check The O-N-E's Weekend Edition for results from the previous week's poll.

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