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Stedman takes Newton mayor office

December 13, 2011

For the first time in Newton's 150-year history, a woman has sworn to "faithfully execute" the duties of the office of mayor to the "best of her ability."

With her son Charles Stedman holding a Bible and her family surrounding her, Anne Petree Stedman was officially installed as Newton's mayor on Tuesday.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

December 13, 2011

This photo of poinsettias inside the Bunker Hill High School greenhouse is The Observer News Enterprise news photo of the week.

Bunker Hill, Bandys and St. Stephens high school students are selling poinsettias to benefit their greenhouse programs.

To submit choices for photos of the week, and to submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com or call 828-464-0221.

New structure for training

December 13, 2011

Newton Fire Department’s new training trailer is a lot more than a box with fake smoke.

The $120,000 structure has a repelling wall, roof-pitch simulators, moveable breech walls, a maze and a burn room that heats up to more than 1,000 degrees, among other features.

“There are so many things you can do,” said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Leaders weigh search options

December 13, 2011

The Catawba County Schools Board of Education is at a crossroads in its search for the system's next superintendent.

Current Superintendent Glenn Barger will retire June 30. School board members met Tuesday and started to discuss whether they want to replace Barger with an experienced superintendent or a talented assistant administrator.

Tech school recruits N-C students

December 13, 2011

In an economic climate filled with unemployed citizens, tech graduates are finding jobs.

The Universal Technical Institute — which recruits area high school students to its schools in Mooresville and 11 other locations across the nation — landed jobs for four out of five of its graduates in automotive, motorcycle, and other technician roles in recent years.

Section of I-40 to be closed

December 13, 2011

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will close the right lane of eastbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 124 in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to repair a 60-foot section of highway.

Weather permitting, the work will be completed no later than Friday, according to NCDOT.

The concrete slab under the highway has deteriorated and will be replaced. Once that is completed, crews will repave the highway. The paving work will be done during the day while temperatures are above 40 degrees, according to NCDOT.

Newton prepares to install new mayor

December 13, 2011

Newton City Council will install Anne P. Stedman as the city's first female mayor tonight. It will also appoint a citizen to fill her unexpired council seat to conclude the 7 p.m. meeting at city hall.

Stedman replaces outgoing Mayor Robert Mullinax, and leaves behind two years in her council term. She has served as the city's mayor pro tem since her re-election in 2009. City Council will also elect a new mayor pro tem tonight.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Dec. 13

December 13, 2011

Catawba County’s Christmas Bureau is delivering a happy holiday for families throughout the Hickory Metro. Find out about how the annual event operates so smoothly - and the people who dedicate themselves to its mission - inside The O-N-E’s print and online editions.

A man stopping to pick-up pizza in Claremont walked away from his running car, and came back to find an empty parking police. Police found the car Monday, but they are still looking for the joy-riders. Details only in The O-N-E print edition.

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