November 22nd, 2011
This photo of Terence Nixon is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Nixon and other homeless people participated in a game of Bingo on Nov. 15 at The Hickory Soup Kitchen. A twice-monthly event, Bingo game winners receive blankets, toilet paper, hygiene products and other basic needs.
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They may be getting older, but theyâ€™re still â€śbooming.â€ť
The areaâ€™s large population of baby boomers is surviving, creating a rapidly growing elderly population that the county must prepare for.
â€śWe want to be on the forefront of a senior-friendly and livable community,â€ť said John Eller, director of Catawba County Social Services. â€śAs we age, we want to make sure Catawba County is a place where we want that to happen."
Catawba Countyâ€™s economic and business climate is getting a breath of fresh air â€” literally.
For the first time in nearly six years, the county will be classified in attainment of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), a designation that underscores an areaâ€™s positive air quality.
County and economic officials say the re-classification will open up a plethora of new, potential business opportunities.
â€śIt was a limiting factor that we donâ€™t have to worry about anymore,â€ť said Economic Development Corp. President Scott Millar.
Conover officials announced Tuesday that the new Dollar Tree store in the city will be open in time for Black Friday shoppers.
The store is at 108 Northern Drive NW, in the Walmart shopping center, and it will open a week ahead of schedule when the doors open Wednesday.
The store plans a grand-opening celebration in the near future.
When a new mayor and city council take office in Newton next month, one of the group's first duties will be appointing a new member to the city's governing board.
Newton Mayor-Elect Anne Stedman leaves behind two years of an unexpired city council term when she assumes Newton's top elected position.
According to Catawba County Board of Elections elections specialist Marvin Bentley, the method used for filling vacant positions on municipal boards is outlined in the individual charters for cities in the county.
After reviewing nearly 100 public comments about the controversial widening of N.C. 16, the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has updated its plans.
They didnâ€™t change much.
DOT says it will widen the two-lane, eight-mile stretch of highway from Claremont Road in Newton to Tower Road in Denver to a four-lane divided highway with â€śsuperstreetâ€ť intersections.
RALEIGH â€” North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October to 10.4 percent.
The state Division of Employment Security said Tuesday that compared with a rate of 10.5 percent in September, after the state added 5,500 non-farm jobs.
It's the fourth straight month that the state's unemployment rate has hovered above 10 percent. The national unemployment rate is 9 percent.
Employment Security Assistant Secretary Lynn R. Holmes pointed out that private sector employment has grown in eight of the last 10 months.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs, issued the following statement in reaction to the failed negotiations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:
Maiden High School football coach Brian Brown resigns after four seasons leading the Blue Devils. Brown shared his decision with players Monday after 13 years on the his alma materâ€™s coaching staff. Details in The Observer News Enterprise and www.observernewsonline.com.
In Newton, a grassroots effort is underway to salute hometown hero Andy Rader, who was killed during World War II and posthumously received the Bronze Star for his service in Bataan, Philippines. For more in his story and the effort to name Hickory's VA clinic in his honor, be sure to see the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.
For the first time in nearly 40 seasons, a Brown wonâ€™t be on the sideline as a coach for the Maiden football team next season.
Brian Brown resigned as the head football coach of the Blue Devils on Monday.
Brown held a meeting Monday with his players and coaches to announce the decision.
â€śI said when I took this job that I didnâ€™t know how long Iâ€™d be doing it,â€ť Brown said in a phone interview. â€śI just think itâ€™s time. I just have some other things I want to do.â€ť
Brown, a former player at Maiden, spent 13 seasons as a member of the Blue Devilsâ€™ coaching staff.