Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook are rewarding area residents who spend their holiday dollars at locally owned businesses in the Hickory Metro.
Today the Catawba County community newspaper announced grand prize winners in the Hometown Christmas shop-local campaign. During the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and 63 Big Ways, The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard called the names of three area residents whose Christmas got a little brighter.
A Newton couple spreads holiday cheer every year with their brilliant Christmas display, and now their neighbors are returning the favor - by paying their power bill.
Read the story in the Friday print edition of The O-N-E, and online at www.observernewsonline.
The O-N-E invites you to share your favorite holiday lights. Send us pictures of the prettiest, the tackiest and everything in-between: www.observernewsonline.com/node/add/photossubmit. We'll publish the best pictures online and some may make it to the print pages of The O-N-E.
Drivers are experiencing a Catawba County first in Conover â€” the first roundabout.
The roundabout was built at County Home Road and Northern Drive NW, near the new Newton-Conover Middle School. The N.C. Department of Transportation says roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections with stop signs or traffic signals.
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Who said social media is ruining personal relationships?â€¨
In Newton, something as simple as a Facebook photo prompted a random act of giving, all in the spirit of holiday cheer.â€¨
The story starts at a little house on West â€śDâ€ť Street.
Each holiday season, Ronnie and Mary Connor transform their home into a Christmas showcase. Filled with inflatable Santas, a candy cane walkway and red, green and white lights, their one-story house sticks out as drivers make their way toward U.S. 321 or N.C. 16.â€¨
Glenn Pattishall became Newton's first full-time planning director when he joined the city staff in 1983.
"I had tremendous opportunities here," he said. "I got to define the job. I got to establish the department and then try to get it integrated into everything else the city had going on."
Now after more than 28 years of work, the department is an established part of Newton government, and so is Pattishall, the city's planning director and assistant manager. According to Newton Mayor Anne Stedman, he is a "consummate professional."
Conover Policeâ€™s Santa Cops program will help provide toys to more than 100 children this Christmas.
The Santa Cops program, initiated by a Conover police officer in 2008, gives toys donated by area residents and companies to children and families in need. Area school systems and Catawba County Social Services identify children and families that need assistance.
â€śThe need is just so great,â€ť said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.
â€śWith the economic times and the unemployment rate in the county, the need is genuine. This is a way we can give back."
A Chihuahua was shot with a BB gun in Claremont, and thieves took a four-wheeler in Conover, among other crimes reported this week by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Suspects stole an aluminum dock board and fork life squeeze plate from a loading dock at the Carter Factory Closeout Inc. at 2023 Wagon Lane NE in Conover. The items are valued at a combined total of about $1,000.
A man robbed a Hickory convenience store Wednesday night on Fairgrove Church Road.
Authorities are still looking for the robber that got away after stealing a handful of money and threatening a store clerk with what appeared to be a gun.
Police say the white man entered the Fast Track Shell on Fairgrove Church Road around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night and went to the bathroom. As he exited the store, he approached the store clerk, asked for money and raised an object in his coat pocket that appeared to be a gun, according to a police report.
Catawba County is getting its first roundabout outside Newton-Conover City Schoolsâ€™ new middle school. Find out why and how to navigate the new traffic circle only in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Closure of Conoverâ€™s USPS mail processing facility has been put on hold - for now. The O-N-E reports this morning that the plant wonâ€™t close until May more details in the print editions and online, www.observernewsonline.com.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will delay closing its Hickory and Conover mail processing centers until May, the agency announced Tuesday.
In response to requests made by multiple U.S. senators, USPS has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012.
In a statement, the agency said it will hold off on closings to give Congress more time to pass what it called â€ścomprehensive legislationâ€ť that will help the agency avoid bankruptcy.