Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
After reviewing nearly 100 public comments about the controversial widening of N.C. 16, the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has updated its plans.
They didnâ€™t change much.
DOT says it will widen the two-lane, eight-mile stretch of highway from Claremont Road in Newton to Tower Road in Denver to a four-lane divided highway with â€śsuperstreetâ€ť intersections.
RALEIGH â€” North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October to 10.4 percent.
The state Division of Employment Security said Tuesday that compared with a rate of 10.5 percent in September, after the state added 5,500 non-farm jobs.
It's the fourth straight month that the state's unemployment rate has hovered above 10 percent. The national unemployment rate is 9 percent.
Employment Security Assistant Secretary Lynn R. Holmes pointed out that private sector employment has grown in eight of the last 10 months.
Maiden High School football coach Brian Brown resigns after four seasons leading the Blue Devils. Brown shared his decision with players Monday after 13 years on the his alma materâ€™s coaching staff. Details in The Observer News Enterprise and www.observernewsonline.com.
In Newton, a grassroots effort is underway to salute hometown hero Andy Rader, who was killed during World War II and posthumously received the Bronze Star for his service in Bataan, Philippines. For more in his story and the effort to name Hickory's VA clinic in his honor, be sure to see the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.
For the first time in nearly 40 seasons, a Brown wonâ€™t be on the sideline as a coach for the Maiden football team next season.
Brian Brown resigned as the head football coach of the Blue Devils on Monday.
Brown held a meeting Monday with his players and coaches to announce the decision.
â€śI said when I took this job that I didnâ€™t know how long Iâ€™d be doing it,â€ť Brown said in a phone interview. â€śI just think itâ€™s time. I just have some other things I want to do.â€ť
Brown, a former player at Maiden, spent 13 seasons as a member of the Blue Devilsâ€™ coaching staff.
Each year, area aid groups feed thousands of people in need on Thanksgiving Day.
This year is no different, and local churches, ministries and organizations anticipate feeding record numbers this week.
â€śThe need keeps growing, so the support and giving keeps growing,â€ť said Roger Baker, executive director for Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries (CCM).
Newton's Andrew Rader would have turned 100 this year.
Rader â€” a doctor and U.S. Army major â€” died at 33 in the sinking of a Japanese prisoner ship in World War II. A Catawba County effort now seeks to honor his military and medical services.
Sylvia Ray, a former editor of The Observer News Enterprise, is leading the charge to have federal legislators and Veterans Administration officials name the new VA clinic on Tate Boulevard in Hickory in his honor.
Traffic in both directions on Old U.S. 70 in Conover were closed near the on-ramp to Interstate 40 after a silver Toyota car slammed into a telephone pole near the ramp Monday evening.
The pole snapped in half, bringing down street lights and two sets of traffic lights at the intersection.
The woman driving the Toyota was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for examination.
Winter prep sports season kicks into high gear this week in Catawba County as basketball, wrestling and swimming teams are in action. Lenoir-Rhyne University and Catawba Valley Community College basketball teams also hit the court for games throughout the week.
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Bandys basketball at North Iredell
Bunker Hill basketball at North Lincoln
N-C basketball at St. Stephens
Bandys/Foard wrestling at FTF vs. Parkland, 6 p.m.
Bunker Hill wrestling at Cavalier Quad (East Burke HS), 5 p.m.
Fred T. Foard boys basketball at Freedom (scrimmage)
NWC swimming meet at Lenoir
The Thanksgiving holiday week is here, and this week, The Observer News Enterprise has plenty of help for filling holiday wish lists.
Donâ€™t miss The O-N-Eâ€™s holiday gift guide coming in an EARLY edition of OUTLOOK on Wednesday. The O-N-E edition for Wednesday will be filled with all the great BLACK FRIDAY holiday sales flyers - giving you a head start on the biggest shopping day of the year.
A Newton man was killed in Lincolnton on Friday night when an altercation ended in a stabbing.
Lincoln County sheriff's deputies found Donald Lee Hoyle Jr., 31, of Newton, stabbed when they responded to a call about 9:20 p.m. at 346 Grandview Lane in Lincolnton. Hoyle was on the ground in front of a mobile home, according to the sheriff's office.
Detective Lt. Tim Johnson of the sheriff's office Major Crimes Unit said Hoyle was stabbed with a sharp object in the chest area. Hoyle was transported to Carolinas Medical Center's Lincoln campus, where he died.