November 18th, 2011
Catawba County celebrates Thanksgiving this week, and several churches invite the community to join in worship and a meal.
Also this week, Santa Claus visits Newton as the city kicks off the holiday season with its annual tree-lighting ceremony.
A laser-light show, the opening of a theater production and a health fair are also on the schedule this week in the county.
For more, read on.
For news throughout the week, visit observernewsonline.com and pick up print editions of The O-N-E at news stands throughout the county.
What's been a turnaround season for the Bandys football team abruptly ended Friday in Shelby.
The Trojans fell behind 21-3 and never caught up, losing in the third round of the 2AA playoffs to the Golden Lions (9-5). Bandys' season ends with a 10-4 record.
Maiden made another second-half push before falling at Lincolnton on Friday night. Bandys fell behind Shelby early and never caught up. Both teams' seasons ended in the third round of the state football playoffs.
Lincolnton 34, Maiden 21
After trailing 21-7 at halftime, Maiden (9-5) stormed back with two touchdowns in the third quarter before falling 34-21 at Lincolnton.
Dorcas Margaret Sigmon Gomedela , 88, of Williamsburg, Va., died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The Gomedela family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Marjorie Ruth Ammons Mallonee, of Hickory, died Nov. 16, 2011 at the Lutheran Home Hickory West. The Mallonee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Students and adults from across Catawba County shared cultures from around the world Friday at Mountain View Elementary School.
More than 700 elementary school children learned about Mexican, Irish, Hmong and other cultures during the school's second International Day.
The event included information about different countries, and several groups of performers staged dances and songs from around the world.
Three women say a doctor they worked for in Conover made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward them.
The women â€” two Catawba County residents and an Alexander County resident â€” filed a federal lawsuit against their former employer this week, each seeking damages in excess of $100,000.
The Catawba County attorney charged with extortion and obstruction of justice has hired a lawyer and will next appear in court on Jan. 3.
Shawn Clark, an ex-district 25 attorney candidate and lawyer based in Hickory, is accused of issuing threats and false affidavits to cover up an alleged sexual relationship with a former client, Tiffany Turnmire, in 2009.
Clark was scheduled to be in court on Friday, but didnâ€™t have to appear after hiring attorney David Freedman to handle his case.
Plans to cook up a new bakery in downtown Newton never rose, but now a different type of retail business is fermenting in its place.
Earlier this year, the city of Newton received an $80,830 Main Street Solutions grant from the state's department of commerce. The purpose of the grant was to provide matching funds for a Charlotte-area businessman who committed to invest $160,000 in renovations for a building on the city's Court Square.
At the time the city received the grant, Dennis Baucom planned to convert the former home of Phyllis' Crafts into a bakery and create four jobs.
ASHEVILLE â€” Another Asheville-area elected official is going to run for Congress.
Democratic state Rep. Patsy Keever told the Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/vpptEb ) on Friday she would seek her party's nomination to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry in the 10th District.
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy announced earlier this week she would run in the Democratic Party primary, too.
The Catawba Valley air is crisp and cool Friday morning,
While many residents will snuggle inside warm homes and warm jackets, some families arenâ€™t so fortunate. The Observer News Enterprise continues its observance of Hunger and Homelessness Week with an examination of poverty on display in the areaâ€™s elementary schools. Did you know more than half the students at South Newton Elementary School qualify for free and reduced lunches due to their familiesâ€™ income level?