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November 25th, 2011

Small Business Saturday supports local shops

November 25, 2011

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

Rare bird visits county

November 25, 2011

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.

Shoppers set up early for TVs

November 25, 2011

Chris Willard’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, “Line Starts Here.”

He was the first in line.

“As soon as I got off work, I came up here,” said Willard, a Taylorsville native. “When I saw there was no one here, I didn’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.

Catawba County's week ahead

November 25, 2011

Holiday events abound this week in Catawba County with a homes tour to benefit education, a duct tape crafts workshop, a visit by Santa Claus to Sherrills Ford and a concert at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The week also includes a World AIDS Day ceremony in Hickory and a Hmong New Year Celebration at Catawba Valley Community College.

For more events throughout each week, pick up a print edition of The Observer News Enterprise. For breaking news each day, visit


Did you participate in Black Friday? Vote now!

November 25, 2011

The O-N-E's latest reader poll is up at

This week, share whether or not you participated in Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping.

Look for a new poll each Friday at, and check The O-N-E's Weekend Edition for results from the previous week's poll.

Shop local - and WIN! O-N-E announces $100 winner

November 25, 2011

Conover-resident Judy Baxter is this week's winner of $100 in The Observer News Enterprise's Hometown Christmas program.

Baxter registered to win at Newton-area business Midway Carpet, one of 70 area businesses supporting The O-N-E's holiday "shop-local" campaign. Her entry was drawn from among hundreds of others just before 8 a.m. during the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and WAIZ.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Nov. 25

November 25, 2011

On the day after Thanksgiving, The O-N-E edition arriving at homes today focuses on community efforts to deliver a happy holiday on the area’s needy.

While those community servants serve other area residents, Maiden native Joe Lineberger is serving his nation - just as he has for more than 60 years. Lineberger, 80, served 28 years in active duty with the U.S. Airforce and since then he has served 32 years as a civilian. He recently received the Spirit of Service Award and The O-N-E tells his story in the print and online at

November 23rd

Pass the turkey

November 23, 2011

Charles Robinson and Richard Clark arrived in downtown Hickory at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. They were waiting on a turkey.

“We weren’t even the first ones here,” Clark said. “There was already a line."

Robinson and Clark were two of about 200 people who lined up early Wednesday morning to receive a free turkey and “fixin bag” at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries on 1st Avenue in Hickory.

Maiden native, 80, still serving country

November 23, 2011

Joe Lineberger just missed serving in World War II.

The Maiden native hasn't missed much since in a military service career than spans six decades.

The Department of Defense recently honored Lineberger, now 80 and the civilian equivalent of a three-star general, with the Spirit of Service award for his time and work in the Air Force. He currently works as a civilian at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

"I never thought a little country boy from Maiden, Newton and Catawba County would see the things I've seen," Lineberger said this week in an interview with The O-N-E.

Man stabbed outside home in Newton

November 23, 2011

A Newton man was stabbed in the abdomen early Tuesday morning in front of his home on North Main Avenue.

Brandon Michael Beatty, 20, of 1319 N. Main Ave. in Newton, was stabbed with a sharp, bladed object about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday in the driveway in front of his residence.

Beatty was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening lacerations to his stomach. He was not listed as a patient at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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