November 16th, 2011
This photo of Paul Gaither, of Claremont, is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Gaither and many other veterans participated in a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the veterans memorial at Claremont City Park. Gaither said he and his son have helped erect the honor walls at the memorial.
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Some of the areaâ€™s homeless residents agree that immediate aid resources are plentiful in the county. They say, however, that there is a long line of underlying barriers that require hurdling on the path to help.
The areaâ€™s homeless and homed residents talked reality on Tuesday in Hickory during a forum that was part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. They discussed truths, myths, barriers and needs that revolve around homelessness and the quest to getting â€śback on their feet.â€ť
A day that would have been Zahra Bakerâ€™s 12th birthday was mostly filled with persistent rain and mud.
Nearing 10 a.m. Wednesday, however, steady droplets turned to a drizzle, then a mist, until the downpour finally ceased.
Hickory officials, local law enforcement members and project donors stood with umbrellas and raincoats as soppy soil was turned at the site of the future Zahra Baker All Childrenâ€™s Playground.
Catawba Valley Medical Center unveiled its new Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics this week.
The center, which opened this month, will provide nearby wound care for patients in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke and Alexander counties.
"Chronic wound patients are often the elderly, who are susceptible to vascular disease, diabetes and pressure ulcers," CVMC officials said in a press release.
The new center will meet a growing need for wound care in the Unifour area, officials said.
If a Newton business is holding a weekend sale, it can advertise, but not with temporary signs posted along roadsides in the area.
Current Newton City Code prohibits it.
Likewise, if Newton Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a pancake breakfast, the club is violating city ordinances when it places temporary signs on public rights-of-way throughout the city's downtown.
"That sounds restrictive to our businesses," said Newton Council member Robert Abernethy Jr.
Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) honors the system's outstanding student athletes through its Hall of Fame.
Now, the system plans to create a similar annual award for those who impact schools through substantial time contributions and monetary donations.
NCCS will present its first "Red Blazer Award" in the spring. The board of education reviewed award plans this week.
"The focus is on anything that went toward the betterment of the school system," said Dr. David Stegall, the system's associate superintendent.
Twice a month, members of Catawba Countyâ€™s homeless population play BINGO in hopes of winning basic hygeine and survival supplies.
In â€śBingo Blessings,â€ť The Observer New Enterprise delivers details on the regular games at Hickory Soup Kitchen as organizations throughout the county work to raise awareness of homelessness during Hunger and Homelessness Week.
The O-N-Eâ€™s Wednesday print and online editions also reports on how high schools in the Newton-Conover School System are increasing community bonds to help improve student success.
During Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting, Newton City Council officially celebrated the 2011 2A N.C. State Volleyball Champion Newton-Conover High School.
City Council approved a resolution that adds the names of the Lady Red Devil team members and coaches to the cityâ€™s official record.
Be sure to see and upcoming edition The O-N-E for a team picture of the ladies receiving their recognition from Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax.
In other action, Newton City Council:
â€˘Â Appointed Melinda Travis to the Newton Planning Commissionâ€™s Extra Territorial Jurisdication.
High school sports seasons are changing, but college athletics and the Carolina Panthers join a pair of high school football games on the area sports schedule this week. Among games of interest for Catawba County residents this week:
CVCC women's basketball vs. Montreat JV, 6 p.m.
Maiden football at Lincolnton, 7:30 p.m.
Bandys football at Shelby, 7:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne swimming at Fall Frenzie
Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer vs. Armstrong Atlantic State (Div. II tournament)
Playing Div. 1 softball was a dream for Bandys senior Taylor Sigmon.
On Monday, that goal became reality.
Among her friends and family, Sigmon, a two-time CVAC player of the year in softball, signed with Western Carolina.