November 28th, 2011
With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday behind us, the Christmas season is in full swing and Newton has set the holiday spirit aglow.
The cityâ€™s annual â€śLight up the Townâ€ť event was Sunday, and www.observernewsonline.com is the only place to find coverage. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a special photo gallery of the festive holiday occasion.
On the sports beat, the Carolina Panthers collected their third win of the season. Get complete game coverage online at www.observernewsonline.com.
RALEIGH â€” The North Carolina General Assembly cut short its Thanksgiving weekend Sunday to gear up for what Republican leaders say may be the last chance to pass substantive legislation for the next six months.
Newton lit up its downtown Sunday night as hundreds celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season.
The cityâ€™s â€śLight Up The Townâ€ť 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, Newtonâ€™s mayor elect, welcomed the crowd to the holiday celebration.
Bunker Hill basketball at Alexander Central
Maiden basketball at Lincolnton
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.
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
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Carolina finally found a venue where it could win on the road â€” 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Chris Willardâ€™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, â€śLine Starts Here.â€ť
He was the first in line.
â€śAs soon as I got off work, I came up here,â€ť said Willard, a Taylorsville native. â€śWhen I saw there was no one here, I didnâ€™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.