Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
Leaders in Catawba County are discussing possible actions related to a new state law that prohibits municipalities from banning permitted concealed weapons in town and city parks.
Municipal leaders, however, say they don't expect immediate council actions to create new ordinances to align with the law and allow permitted weapons.
For 24 years, Rick Reid balanced two professional roles.
On one hand, he worked for the N.C. Department of Agriculture (NCDA) and Consumer Services. He worked in the field of structural pest and pesticides, rising to a supervisory position.
On the other hand, Reid became a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, serving in multiple wars abroad, as well as training and advising new enlistees.
Reid, a Newton resident, retired from the National Guard in 2010 after 24 years of service. He was recently honored by the president of the United States.
The 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic basketball tournament tips off Tuesday afternoon at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College.
Follow action hoops action from boys and girls games as The O-N-E delivers updates on with its online edition, www.observernewsonline.com, and on its Twitter feed @TheONENews.
Christmas has come and gone, but in the days ahead, signs of its departure will still be apparent on streets throughout Catawba County. How will you dispose of your live Christmas tree? Find out how to get rid of the trees the correct and legal way in the Tuesday edition of The Observer News Enterprise.
Also in The O-N-E, Maiden High senior student-athlete Dustin Hipps gets a special salute from the Carolina Panthers. Read more in The O-N-Eâ€™s print edition and online at www.observernewsonline.com/content/maidens-hipps-honored-panthers-game.
Two holiday prep basketball tournaments highlight the local sports schedule this week. All area girls and boys hoops teams are in action in the Catawba Valley Classic or the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Catawba Valley Classic
Girls bracket (at CVCC's Tarlton Complex)
No. 1 Hickory vs. No. 8 Bunker Hill, 4:00 p.m.
No. 4 South Caldwell vs. No. 4 Maiden, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Newton-Conover vs. No. 6 Fred T. Foard, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Alexander Central vs. No. 7 St. Stephens, 8:30 p.m.
Boys bracket (at Hickory H.S.)
No. 3 Alexander Central vs. No. 6 Maiden, 4:30 p.m.
County officials are urging residents to dispose of their Christmas trees in the correct â€” and legal â€” manner.
Area residents can recycle Christmas trees at five solid waste convenience centers throughout the county through Jan. 31.
The county, in coordination with Garbage Disposal Services (GDS), will also provide curbside collection of trees Jan. 9-20.
Disposal of Christmas trees in regular trash containers is illegal, according to North Carolina law.
Many local organizations take a break this week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, so the schedule of events in Catawba County is light.
However, there are opportunities to see all seven county high schools in action on the basketball court, as well as a Kwanzaa celebration and a New Year's Eve bash in Hickory.
Ridgeview Library in Hickory will offer a Kwanzaa celebration at 6 p.m. in the Ridgeview Recreational Center.
Christmas has reached the Catawba Valley again.
Inside the Christmas weekend edition of The O-N-E, you can read how the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police made Christmas brighter this week for children of all ages at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center.
You'll also find the story of a golf tournament that incorporated the work and donations of many Hickory Metro organizations that collected gifts and money for needy children.
Before Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police entered J.T. Sainâ€™s hospital room on Tuesday night, he hadnâ€™t eaten in hours.
Sain, a 2-year-old boy, had been in Catawba Valley Medical Center for nearly 48 hours with his mother, Kisha, after suffering an asthma attack earlier in the week.
He had refused most food for almost two days.
However, when Mrs. Claus approached his bedside and slid a couple of Hersheyâ€™s Kisses in his tiny hands, he was quick to unpeel a wrapper, pop one in his mouth and enjoy the chocolate.
Area high schoolers learned about the Holocaust from seven different perspectives this week.
Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) held its first annual Holocaust museum on Wednesday. The museum was designed to educate students from seven different curriculum areas, including mathematics, language arts, drama and science.
Students visited the museum throughout the day on Wednesday and viewed exhibits mostly designed by fellow classmates.
In total, about 360 students viewed the museum, said NCHS Librarian Beverly Hall.