January 24th, 2012
This photo of Patriot Guard members saluting the casket of deceased Army Sgt. Willie Dennis Hill is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Hill, who grew up in the Catawba community, died during service in the Korean War in the 1950s. The military worked with Hill's family and other organizations to bring his remains back to Catawba County last week.
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â¨On the outside, a vacant industrial building doesnât seem like it would offer much to an aspiring criminal.
â¨Its sometimes shattered windows and weedy doors donât seem very appealing to a money-hungry crook, and the thousands of square feet of nothingness inside seem to fit the likes of a homeless person more than a thief.
Yet the area's increasing number of vacant warehouses keep getting hit, not for heavy equipment or luxurious items inside, but for a much simpler product that can pay off big â copper wiring.â¨
Newton is one of the hardest-hit areas.
Katherine Lucille Bromley, 93, of Ukiah, Calif., died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
Mary Kay Braim, 47, of Conover, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Braim family.
Ricky Alexander Powell, 25, of Hickory, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. The Powell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
The Lincolnton furniture maker who is working to bring his industry home from China made a second voyage to Washington, D.C., in less than a month.
This time Bruce Cochrane was First Lady Michelle Obama's special guest for President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.
Cochrane is president and CEO of Lincolnton Furniture, and after his family furniture company was sold and moved to China in 1997, he recently decided to bring one of the region's lifeblood industries back to home.
Johnny Hicks experienced a rough night Jan. 14.
Starting about 11:30 p.m., he became weak and sick on his stomach.
Hicks had eaten at the Harbor Inn seafood restaurant in Conover that day.
"We were in a party of six," his wife Jan said Tuesday. "I was the only one who didn't eat salad. So it was either the salad or the salad dressing."
About 40 people have officially reported becoming sick after eating at Harbor Inn in the days around Jan. 13, said Amy McCauley, outreach manager for Catawba County Public Health (CCPH).
Attorneys for former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield are asking a federal appeals panel to reinstate his lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test at Richmond International Raceway in 2009.
A wave of car break-ins is washing over Newton. Seven residents - many in the same neighborhood - became victims of thieves during the weekend. Where did it happen? Find out in the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.
Newton middle-schoolers are landing in court - but they havenât broken any laws.
Catawba County accepts used cooking oils at its Blackburn convenience center starting in February.
And the campaign for a gay marriage ban continues in North Carolina.
More details on these stories are available in the Tuesday print and online edition of The O-N-E. Also featured in The O-N-E:
Numbers tell the story. None rings truer than the girls basketball team at Newton-Conover.
The squad features eight players, sometimes seven given injuries.
Ike Williams, first-year coach for the Lady Red Devils, said heâs used the hurdle as a motivator.
âI call them the âCrazy Eight,ââ Williams said. âThey are on their way to becoming the âGreat Eight.ââ
The encouragement by their new coach is working.
The Lady Red Devils (15-3, 7-1) are in second place in the Catawba Valley 2A heading into Tuesdayâs pivotal home contest against the Lady Trojans of Bandys (17-0, 8-0).
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is headed to Hawaii.
The Carolina signal caller, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft, was added to the NFC Pro Bowl squad Monday in place of New Yorkâs Eli Manning.
Manning and the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship to advance to Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, meaning Manning had to withdraw from the annual all-star game.
Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick was chosen to represent the Mountaineers in the 2012 Senior Bowl.
The game, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., features some of the countryâs top senior athletes and potential NFL prospects.
Quick is the second ASU player to play in the game, joining wideout Dexter Jackson, who played in the game back in 2007.
The 6-foot-5-inch Quick leads the program all-time in receiving yards (3,418), receptions (202) and touchdown catches (31).