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Saluting our heroes

August 17, 2011

For Catawba County native James P. Isenhower Sr., military service has become a family tradition.

From the time he and his brothers volunteered for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II through the same volunteer spirit his grandsons exhibit in their own military careers, the family has produced three generations of soldiers.

And the 90-year-old resident of Conover can't help but be a little proud.

"I am proud of what I did," he said, adding he was even more proud of the service of two brothers, his sons and grandsons. "I respect them very much."

Claremont resident scammed, again

August 17, 2011

The latest online scam cost one Claremont man valuable personal records and could have cost his friends even more.

Henry Helton, the city of Claremont’s special events coordinator, admits to falling for an e-mail scam earlier this month, but is hoping citizens can learn from his mistakes.

Teacher jailed for highway sideshow

August 17, 2011

A teacher was arrested on Tuesday after fondling himself outside a family restaurant on U.S. 70 in Hickory.

Police say Michael Lennell Wallace, 54, was exposing and fondling himself in the grassy area outside Ruby Tuesday’s in Hickory while facing oncoming traffic. When a citizen stopped to question what Wallace was doing, the exposed man fled the scene.

The citizen noted Wallace’s license plate number, and authorities later arrested him at his home at 20th Ave. Dr. NE in Hickory.

O-N-E gives away ASU tickets on Reunion Day

August 17, 2011

At the peak of Soldiers Reunion week, Catawba County's community newspaper is giving away some of its biggest prizes.

During Soldiers Reunion Day on Thursday, The Observer News Enterprise invites area residents to stop by the newspaper's tent on the north side of the Court Square.

When they do, they could win prizes, said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard.

Long-time dentist passes on his practice

August 17, 2011

After nearly four decades working in pediatric and family dentistry, Dr. Penn Waldron is retiring his dental tools.

"I think it is time to give it up to a younger, fresher mind, with more knowledge," said Waldron, 70.

As Waldron passes his practice on to that "younger, fresher mind," Dr. Ross Penland, he said he has the fullest confidence in his successor.

"I was ready to let go," Waldron said. "I thoroughly trust and appreciate what Ross can do, and I have no misgivings at all."

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