Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
Area Red Cross officials hope an upcoming blood drive will help ease the current blood shortage throughout the state.
Blood supplies are low after a wreck in Transylvania County left 15 people hurt or hospitalized last week and depleted much of the type O-negative blood supply in the Asheville area.
The N.C. Highway Patrol said a tractor-trailer jackknifed Dec. 21 and collided head-on with a church van carrying children.
Each January, millions across the nation make an impermanent oath of some kind â€” a New Yearâ€™s resolution.
For many, that resolution means a trip back to the gym â€” to run, walk, box, Zumba or Jazzercise.
Regardless of whether those commitments last one year or one week, one fact remains â€” the new year gives a big boost to local gyms.
Gyms throughout Catawba County say the new year brings a steady stream of new customers looking to get into shape.
A Sears store in Hickory and a Kmart store in Conover are not on a preliminary list of stores Sears Holding Corp. plans to close.
Amid financial troubles, the company announced this week plans for closing 79 stores in 25 states to raise cash.
A list of planned closings released Thursday includes four North Carolina Sears locations, including stores in Statesville, High Point, Rocky Mount and Morehead City.
Florida will be hit hardest by the closing of 11 Sears and Kmart stores.
Sears Holding Corp. has operated Sears and Kmart stores since a 2005 merger.
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A house fire killed an 81-year-old man Friday morning in the Oxford community.
Fire burned the home at 4086 Hall Dairy Road north of Claremont. The man's identity was not released Friday.
â€śAt this point, thereâ€™s probably going to be a loss of life,â€ť Oxford Fire Chief Wayne Smith said at the scene, adding that fire marshals, the sheriffâ€™s office and State Bureau of Investigation are still investigating the fire. Officials said they do not believe arson was the cause.
Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.
During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worleyâ€™s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.
Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that Infinisource Holdings Inc., a nationally known benefits administrator focused on small to mid-market firms, will move its headquarters and start a new division in Charlotte. The company plans to create 162 jobs over the next five years with a $500,000 capital investment in Mecklenburg County. The project was made possible in part by a Job Development Investment Grant.
Hickory High captured championship crowns in the 25th Annual Catawba Valley Classic last night. See complete details about all the tournament action in The O-N-Eâ€™s print and online editions. See the game blog here: www.observernewsonline.com/content/catawba-valley-classic-championship-b....
Catawba County and north Carolina residents will see new laws take effect Monday. Getting cold medication gets more challenging. Teens must start logging driving time. Find out more details in Fridayâ€™s O-N-E.
The new year also brings more pain at the gas pump.
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 â€śStop Methamphetamine Labs,â€ť 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.
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 â€” Steve Graves, of Hickory, and incumbent commissioner Barbara Beatty, of Newton â€” have already filed 2012 campaign organization reports at the Catawba County Board of Elections.