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Indicted attorney says he's innocent

November 9, 2011

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.

“I think the charges are absolutely ridiculous,” Clark said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m not going to hide from the charges. I feel very confident I am going to defend myself against them.”


November 9, 2011

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 — pictured here in a Nov. 3 story by The O-N-E — 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.

In the line of fire

November 9, 2011

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.

“And Germans were on top of the hills with machine guns, mowing us down fast as we got off,” Caldwell said. “You had to be alert. It’s unbelievable, you know, that I’m still here.”

Caldwell recently talked with The Observer News Enterprise about that day and his military service.

Maiden incumbents, former councilman win seats

November 9, 2011

Familiar faces will fill Maiden's town council seats heading into next year.

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.

McClellan has been absent from Maiden’s council for four years, but he said it won’t take him long to get back in the swing of things.

“To me, I don’t have an agenda. I’m going to go over and see what the council is working on and see if I can contribute to it,” he said.

Election outcomes expected to stand

November 9, 2011

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."

Relax - It is only a test

November 9, 2011

RALEIGH — 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 3½ minutes.

Scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.

The O-N-E morning read: Wednesday, Nov. 9

November 9, 2011

Newton elects its first female mayor, while voters elsewhere – those who showed up at the polls – elected new and familiar faces. Complete details of Tuesday night’s election are available in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E and online at

In-depth stories complete with reactions from the newly elected and the defeated are ONLY available online,

The Wednesday morning read features more than election wrap-up news.

Challenger wins school board seat

November 9, 2011

A new face will join the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education.

Jeanne Jarrett won a school board seat in Tuesday's election.

Jarrett, an assistant finance director for Catawba County, received the most votes in the board's Conover district with 522.

Scott Loudermelt, the current board chairman, received 484 votes. They will be joined on the board by incumbent Jim Stockner, who ran unopposed in the Newton district and tallied 616 votes. Mark Murphy, who was unseated by Jarrett, received 297 votes.

Experience wins in Conover

November 9, 2011

Conover voters chose experience Tuesday, electing two incumbents and a former elected official to serve on the city council.

Those winners say they're ready to put that experience to work for the betterment of Conover.

Incumbent Don Beal led all vote-getters with 591 votes. Incumbent Kyle Hayman followed with 584. Bruce Eckard received the third-most votes with 458.

"I appreciate the trust (voters) have put in us and it's not something we take lightly," Beal said. "We will build a solid team and accelerate growth with this team."

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