Holiday events continue this week in Catawba County.
They include concerts, visits with Santa, a Christmas party for cancer survivors and a large distribution of holiday items to help the needy in the Greater Hickory Metro.
The week's events also include the discussion of a new photo book on Conover and surrounding areas.
For more on upcoming events throughout the week, pick up print editions of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout the county.
In addition to a history of unparalleled love songs from The Lettermen, here is another constant: Tony Butala, original and founding member.
Butala remained with the popular vocal group for its 50-plus year career. As the only founding member in the trio (Butala, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton), Butala, 73, said as long as there is a Lettermen group, they will be singing good, quality and positive harmony music that the whole family can enjoy.
How has the trio managed to keep the sound, the genre and popularity?
âBecause I am the lead on most of the hit records,â he said candidly.
A downtown Maiden institution is marking a century of service with a special celebration. Read the story of Piedmont Hardware only the Friday edition of The O-N-E, which also includes details about the big anniversary party coming Saturday.
In crime news, four Hickory High students have been charged in a string of break-ins throughout northwest Catawba County. Find out who has been charged with the crimes, and see their photos in The O-N-Eâs Friday print edition.
Carrying momentum from its big victory Saturday at the Indian Classic, the Newton-Conover wrestling team continued its brilliance on the mat Thursday.
The Red Devils took an early lead and held off a tough West Wilkes squad for a 40-22 victory.
N-C coach Eddy Clark said he expected the Blackhawks, which have won the state 1A title the past three seasons, to bring their âAâ game.
âWe knew what they had,â Clark said. âThey have 11 kids ranked in the top five of the state. We knew we had our work cut out for us.â
Fred T. Foard earned a sweep in their tri-match against North Buncombe and Freedom on the wrestling mat Thursday.
The Tigers defeated North Buncombe handily, 70-6, and followed that up with a 52-18 win against Freedom.
In the third match, Freedom edged North Buncombe, 38-36.
Foard 70, North Buncombe 6
106- Lane Bonds (F) dec. Sam Childers 8-7
113-Dylan Cassidy (F) pinned Levi Heath
120-Michael Vincent (F) pinned Chandler Robinson
126-Caleb Griffin (F) pinned Tristan Jarrett
132-Ben Pitts (F) major dec. Joe Hammond 16-3
138-Tate Blanton (F) pinned Troy Martin
Jesse Story, Chelsey Queen and Taylor Sigmon combined for 39 points, leading the Bandys girls basketball team (5-0) to a win against visiting North Iredell on Thursday.
Story scored 14 points and had five assists in the game. Queen netted 13 points and assisted four times on her own, while Taylor Sigmon ended Thursday's game one rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Bandys took an 18-3 lead in the first quarter, allowing them to get ahead and never look back in the contest.
People with permits will be allowed to carry concealed handguns without restrictions at Hickory city parks and recreational facilities following approval this week by Hickory City Council.
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Hickory police have arrested four Hickory High School students in relation to a string of break-ins and larcenies in northwest Catawba County.
Police say Meguel Robinson, 16; Anton Harris, 16; Tyheem Walton, 17; and Jamario McCombs, 17, are all connected to six car and home break-ins between November and this week.
Hickory Police Sgt. Porter said a member of the public called police after seeing three suspicious black males walking in the pouring rain on Tuesday.
The following incidents occurred this week in Catawba County:
Thieves pried into a Newton manâs pickup truck toolbox and stole a GPS, tools and N.C. Uniform Citation Book at 1927 Mt. Olive Church Road.
Suspects broke into the residence of Joseph Frances Blanchette, 64, of 350 Spencer Road in Conover, and stole a black 42-inch flat-screen TV valued at $550.
Alma Bernice Wagoner Leinbach, 90, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Leinbach family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.