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September 26th

Police find pipe bomb in Newton

September 27, 2011

A homemade pipe bomb was found in a Newton man’s home after he was arrested on a charge of drinking and driving this weekend.

Police first arrested Mark David Leatherman, 41, of 1950 Ira Drive in Newton, on Saturday for Driving While Impaired (DWI) on his street, according to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish.

Authorities returned to Leatherman’s home on Sunday in response to a domestic argument and found a homemade pipe bomb on the front yard.

Fish said Leatherman’s girlfriend had found the pipe bomb previously and had hidden it for safety purposes.

September 23rd

Filing re-opens in Claremont

September 24, 2011

Filing for Claremont’s city council race will re-open on Monday after the recent death of incumbent James “PJ” Stanley.

Stanley, a 2011 incumbent who has served as a city councilman since 1987, died Wednesday after a short fight with leukemia.

The Catawba County Board of Elections announced on Friday that it will re-open filing for the council race from Monday until Wednesday.

Only two other candidates have filed for the race at this time – incumbents Nicky E. Setzer and M. Dale Sherrill. There are three open seats on the Claremont City Council.

Governor sees future of health care training

September 24, 2011

Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and county leaders saw what they called the future of health care training and workforce development Friday at Catawba Valley Community College.

CVCC presented its 28,000-square-foot regional simulated hospital on the fifth floor of the campus' Cuyler Dunbar Building in Hickory.

Simulator prepares CVCC students for health care careers

September 24, 2011

There is a hospital inside Catawba Valley Community College. On Friday, it came to life.

In a simulated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), second-year student Ethel Downey pulled a hunk of innards from the chest of a “gunshot victim.” She lifted it up for her fellow students and audience to see, and a line of fake blood squirted from the “patient’s” sliced artery and hit her on the forearm.

“You got me that time,” she said to fellow student Leslie Casey, who was controlling the reproduced blood palpitations. Downey looked at the patient simulator and continued operating.

Tour seeks to heal wounds of cancer

September 24, 2011

A pink fire truck parked in front of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton on Friday afternoon.

People walked up with black pens and wrote all over it – each set of words a message of support for women who have battled cancer.

The truck's visit was a stop on the Pink Heals Guardians of the Ribbons Tour, a nonprofit effort that began several years ago in Arizona as a way to raise awareness of breast and other cancers that women face.

Fast food robbers arrested

September 24, 2011

Justice didn’t taste so good this week for a group of men who set up a drive-through robbery in Denver last year.

Police arrested three men on Wednesday associated with an armed robbery at the Denver KFC/Taco Bell on May 26, 2010. The robbery was a setup and involved one suspect taking money from his acquaintance who worked at the restaurant, said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

O-N-E launches shop-local campaign for the holidays

September 24, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.

As Catawba County's community newspapers launch their third annual "Hometown Christmas" campaign, the Christmas spirit will begin flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.

"On Thursday we were proud to host the first Christmas party of 2010," O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard said of the event held at Newton Expo.

September 22nd

County's litter removal effort continues

September 23, 2011

Catawba County is wants residents to stop littering and pick up a piece of trash.

As part of a two-week statewide initiative, the county is asking volunteer groups to help remove trash from roadways through the end of the month. The statewide LITTER SWEEP started Sept. 17 and will end Oct. 1.

“It’s an effort to clean up litter on the roadsides in the community,” said Kelly Groves, North Carolina Cooperative Extensive horticultural agent.

Community garden grows

September 23, 2011

A Catawba County community garden saw a 500 percent increase in its produce and support this harvest.

The county’s Help Our People Eat (HOPE) gardens harvested and delivered 5,071 pounds of vegetables and fruit this year, an increase of nearly 4,000 pounds from 2010.

“This year was a lot better due to the constant rain we had this year compared to last year,” said Christine S. Cofer, HOPE director and employee in the county’s finance department.

Cofer said that with the help of volunteers and contributors, HOPE’s three gardens had water available on site, contrary to prior years.

Claremont loses public servant Stanley

September 23, 2011

James “PJ” Stanley was a man “who always had his city in mind.”

As a man who wore “many hats” for the city of Claremont, Stanley strived to protect, save and fight for the lives of his fellow citizen – all sacrifices that friends, family and colleagues are remembering today.

On Wednesday night, Stanley died from complications during his short fight with leukemia. He was 61.

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