November 10th, 2011
The Observer News Enterprise proudly salutes our veterans, including World War II veteran John Caldwell of Newton. Read his account of the Omaha Beach in the Thursday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise. Also be sure to see the calendar events slated for Veteranâ€™s Day observances in the county.
Beaming from ear to ear, Bandysâ€™ Jesse Story made her college decision official on Wednesday.
The senior basketball player signed to play for Lenoir-Rhyne University starting next fall.
â€śIâ€™m excited,â€ť Story said of her basketball future at L-R. â€śI really like the coaches and team. When I got to interact with them, I felt accepted from the beginning. A lot of times when you go places, it felt awkward. I also wanted to be close to home.â€ť
Story visited her parentsâ€™ alma mater, Appalachian State, as well as Mars Hill and Davidson before making her decision final in the spring.
Three days after being indicted on charges of extortion and obstruction of justice, Shawn Clark maintains his innocence.
The Catawba County lawyer and former district attorney candidate turned himself in on Wednesday in Newton. He was released after posting a $50,000 secured bond and will appear in court Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. in Newton.
He said he intends to face the charges head on.
â€śI think the charges are absolutely ridiculous,â€ť Clark said Wednesday afternoon. â€śIâ€™m not going to hide from the charges. I feel very confident I am going to defend myself against them.â€ť
A Newton-Conover High School physics class is building a soapbox derby car for the Nov. 19 Western North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Race in Lenoir.
Senior Shivam Desai â€” pictured here in a Nov. 3 story by The O-N-E â€” will drive the car for the NCHS team.
Teams from St. Stephens High School, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Hickory High School, Northview Middle School and Newton-Conover Middle School will also compete in the race, which is sponsored by Google and Appalachian State University.
Diane Ola Johnson Ekard, 66, of Hickory, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 8, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Ekard family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 940 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.
Robert Eugene Price, 91, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Price family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
John Caldwell stepped off a ship and onto Omaha Beach in France in June 1944.
He wore a field pack on his back, wielded a rifle and carried a radio.
The water was waist-deep.
â€śAnd Germans were on top of the hills with machine guns, mowing us down fast as we got off,â€ť Caldwell said. â€śYou had to be alert. Itâ€™s unbelievable, you know, that Iâ€™m still here.â€ť
Caldwell recently talked with The Observer News Enterprise about that day and his military service.
Familiar faces will fill Maiden's town council seats heading into next year.â€¨
Maiden voters elected incumbents Max Bumgarner Jr. (208 votes) and Howard Ervin (184 votes) to its council this week. They will be joined by George McClellan (169 votes), a former council member who unseats incumbent David Boldon.
â€¨McClellan has been absent from Maidenâ€™s council for four years, but he said it wonâ€™t take him long to get back in the swing of things.â€¨
â€śTo me, I donâ€™t have an agenda. Iâ€™m going to go over and see what the council is working on and see if I can contribute to it,â€ť he said.â€¨
Catawba County election officials don't expect any municipal or school board outcomes to change once voting results become official early next week.
The county's three-member Board of Elections will canvass Tuesday's votes at 11 a.m. Nov. 15. Elections Director Larry Brewer will present the final numbers to the board.
"We'll match election night records with the records we now have on file to make sure all the numbers still match," Brewer said. "Doesn't seem like anything is going to change. We had only four provisional ballots."
RALEIGH â€” This is only a test.
Television and radio stations across North Carolina are scheduled to participate Wednesday in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The national test will take place at 2 p.m. and may last up to 3Â˝ minutes.
Scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.
Newton elects its first female mayor, while voters elsewhere â€“ those who showed up at the polls â€“ elected new and familiar faces. Complete details of Tuesday nightâ€™s election are available in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
In-depth stories complete with reactions from the newly elected and the defeated are ONLY available online, www.observernewsonline.com
The Wednesday morning read features more than election wrap-up news.