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New law aims to curb meth use, production

December 29, 2011

Area pharmacists will begin electronically monitoring pseudoephedrine-like purchases next week in an effort to curtail methamphetamine production statewide.

As part of a new state law tabbed “Stop Methamphetamine Labs,” pharmacists in Catawba County and across the state will begin logging pseudoephedrine and other sales of products used to make meth.

Lawmakers formed the law this summer to increase the regulation of pseudoephedrine products to curtail meth production and reduce costs to local governments for meth-lab cleanup costs. It was signed into law June 23.

County commission race crowded already

December 29, 2011

At least four people plan to run for two open Catawba County Board of Commissioners seats in the 2012 election.

Filing for 2012 election races begins at noon Feb. 13 and continues through Feb. 29. However, Catawba County elections officials said candidates are currently allowed to file reports declaring their intention to organize an election campaign.

Two people — Steve Graves, of Hickory, and incumbent commissioner Barbara Beatty, of Newton — have already filed 2012 campaign organization reports at the Catawba County Board of Elections.

More pump pain

December 29, 2011

Area residents and businesses can expect gas prices to increase — again.

State officials announced last week that the gasoline tax will increase by almost 4 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.

The increase is the second this year alone, forcing local businesses like Yellow Cab Company to tighten a budgetary belt already squeezed.

“It puts a hurting on all of us,” said Yellow Cab General Manager Ron Stephens. “All it’s doing is making the rich man richer and poor man poorer.”

Championship day for Catawba Valley Classic

December 29, 2011

Championship day for the Catawba Valley Classic is here, and basketball action at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex tips off at 1 p.m.

A day full of hoops action concludes with championship games tonight when No. 1 seed Hickory faces No. 3 seed Newton-Conover in girls action. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the boys championship game No. 1 seed Hickory plays No. 3 Alexander Central in a game set to start at 8:30 p.m.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 29

December 29, 2011

The Catawba Valley Classic continued Wednesday and The O-N-E provided live game coverage during all the girls action at Catawba Valley Community College. for complete details on the games and final scores from all the tournament action be sure to visit the blog: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2

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