November 5th, 2011
The weekend edition of The O-N-E brings news that the city of Newton is being considered for a reality TV show about matchmaking that will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Also related to TV, an auctioneer and storage unit owners say reality television shows have sparked more interest in storage auctions in the area.
Fire officials suggest that residents check their smoke alarms and change their batteries as the time changes this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night or Sunday morning. The change happens at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Despite 167 rushing yards from running back Jervasse Moss, the Newton-Conover football team's season ended with a 28-13 loss Friday in Harris against Chase.
Newton-Conover (5-6) took an early lead in the game when running back Matt Coulter scored on a 1-yard run. The kick was blocked, leaving the Red Devils with a 6-0 lead.
The Trojans (8-3) answered with two straight scores in the first quarter. Running back Tajae McMullens scored the first â a 5-yard run â before Chris McMullens scored on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Tyreece Gossett.
Chase led 12-6 at the half.
After successfully earning a playoff berth last week, the dream of a state championship for St. Stephens became a nightmare Friday.
Crest held the Indians to 110 yards of offense, including 70 on the ground from junior running back Jon Sweet. The Chargers collected a 49-0 shutout against St. Stephens in Shelby on Friday, eliminating the Indians from playoff contetion.
After the first quarter ended scoreless, the Chargers scored in three-straight quarters.
Despite leading 13-7 early in its opening round playoff game against Smoky Mountain, Bunker Hill gave up 21 straight points on the way to a 35-13 loss to the Mustangs.
The Bears' season ends with a 6-6 record.
In his final game at Bunker Hill, running back Reggie Davis rushed 25 times for 105 yards. Justin Lynch added 15 carries for 56 yards.
The Mustangs (6-6) were led by a pair of backs, too. Blake Smith rushed 29 times for 142 yards, while Michael George had 13 carries for 103 yards.
Municipal elections, a job-search assistance program and the second round of high school football games are among the things to do this week in Catawba County. Those and other events are below, and you can find more events and news all week long in the print edition of The Observer News Enterprise and in Outlook.
Catawba Valley Community College's Office of Multicultural Affairs will hold a Native American Awareness Celebration from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the college's student center.
Bandys converted Ashe County turnovers into 28 third-quarter points in a 40-14 Trojans win.
Bandys will play Smoky Mountain â which defeated Bunker Hill â in the second round next Friday.
The Trojans trailed Ashe County 14-12 at halftime.
Dominique Young led the second-half charge for Bandys with rushing touchdowns of 29, 10 and 14 yards and a touchdown reception of 30 yards from Anthony Toscano. Young finished the night with 93 yards on 19 carries and two catches for 32 yards.
Jerry Glover Harbinson, 84, of Maiden, died Nov. 3, 2011 at his residence. Goodin-Drum Funeral is serving the Harbinson family.
Betty Duncan Herman, 80, of Hickory, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Herman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Daylight savings time will give residents an extra hour on Sunday â one fire officials say should be used to replace smoke alarms and batteries.
Area fire chiefs say smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are so important that they will come out and install them for you â literally.
Newton, Conover, Claremont and Hickory fire departments all have programs that provide free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for those in need.
Cut the locks off and roll up the doors â its bidding time.
Interest in storage auctions has exploded throughout the last year across the nation and right here in Catawba County.
Extremely popular reality TV shows like âStorage Warsâ and âAuction Huntersâ have exposed millions of Americans to what can be a fast-paced and exciting business. An increase in advertising and marketing websites promoting storage auctions have also made it easy for the average resident to find a âreal-lifeâ auction in their neck of the woods.
Newton calls itself "the Heart of Catawba County."
The city now hopes it can enter the hearts of television producers who plan to film a matchmaking reality show in one of America's small towns.