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September 12th

Drunken feud leads to stabbing

September 13, 2011

A Claremont woman is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed in the chest by her partner.

Police say a group of friends was playing cards and drinking alcohol on Friday when an argument between Cheryl Flowers and Loretta Gibbs began.

The argument escalated, and Gibbs stabbed Flowers in the chest with a knife, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Flowers was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with serious injuries on Friday, but Reid said Monday that she is in stable condition.

Toilets, cabinets stolen from home

September 13, 2011

Owners of a vacant house found the structure flushed of its bathroom and kitchen amenities on Sunday after thieves stole toilets and cabinets.

Newton police say suspects stole toilets, a heat pump and kitchen and bathroom cabinets from the house at 1205 Old Conover-Startown recently.

“This is not the common (breaking and entering) that we have,” said Newton Police Major Kevin Yarborough, adding that the incident was a unique situation because of the items stolen.

New editor joins staff of The O-N-E

September 13, 2011

Matthew Tessnear joined The Observer News Enterprise as managing editor, Catawba County;s community newspaper announced Monday,

"We are excited to announce this new addition to our staff," said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard. "Matthew has a solid background in journalism, and I am confident that he will help The O-N-E continue to report news that is important to the readers of our newspapers and our online publication."

Tessnear, 26, is a native of Alexis in Gaston County. He studied journalism at Gardner-Webb University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2007.

September 11th

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2011

During the hour when terrorist attacks were unfolding on U.S. soil a decade earlier, Catawba County citizens gathered in Conover on Sunday to remember Sept. 11, 2001.

“Today marks the 10th anniversary of when our world was made different in an instant,” said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. “Whatever we call 9/11 - the beginning of the war on terror - or America’s wake-up call, one fact is beyond belief: it changed us, and it changed our world.”

September 9th

Conover delivers 9/11 artifact


September 10, 2011



A group of Conover officials experienced 9/11 first hand this week through the mouth of a “hero” and “survivor” himself.


While on a trip to retrieve a piece of the Twin Towers for the city, Conover chiefs, managers and citizens toured Ground Zero with a man who lived through the terrorist attacks. Nick Pendergast, whose father was the president of the Conover Family Historical Society, was a financial consultant who worked no more than 200 yards away from Ground Zero.

Security changes for cops after 9/11

September 10, 2011

Less than two months ago, federal authorities arrested 17 men in Charlotte associated with the Middle East guerrilla group Hezbollah. The men were smuggling and selling cigarettes across state lines and sending the profits to fund terrorist groups.

It was a large-scale terrorist bust that occurred less than 60 miles from Catawba County.

Area law enforcement say such terrorist plots, as well as the attacks on 9/11, have forced officers to become savvy with a whole new type of security.

The O-N-E focuses on 9/11, now and then

September 10, 2011

Only a few hours after terrorists attacked the United States, Catawba County's community newspaper was among the first in the state and the nation to hit the streets with the news.

"We had it in the newspaper pretty quick. We may have been the first newspaper in North Carolina to print it," said Jon Alverson, former sports editor for The Observer News Enterprise. "I know we had it out before noon."

Police seize drugs, guns in Claremont 


September 10, 2011

Police busted a one-man drug and gun operation in Claremont on Thursday that yielded marijuana, cash and more than 100 jars of moonshine.

Authorities searched a Claremont home Thursday and found 295 grams of marijuana, 40 firearms, $13,000 in cash and more than 100 jars of moonshine.

Police also seized a liquor still from the residence at 7103 River Bend Road, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

September 8th

Teaching through, after 9/11

September 9, 2011

Ten years ago on Sept. 11, Jan Herman and her seventh-grade class were studying a weather unit at Arndt Middle School. Using information from a weather broadcast on TV, the students filled in weather charts on pieces of paper.

Just before 9 a.m., The Weather Channel’s coverage was interrupted by a news broadcast. It was footage of the World Trade Center burning – smoke pluming into clouds high above.

Herman didn’t turn the TV off or change the channel.

A walk through time

September 9, 2011

Lanny Hartsoe strolled through the old Warlong Building in Conover Station on Wednesday with a smile on his face. He looked up, then down and closely observed the building he worked in for 24 years.  

“I reckon your office is gone, Sam,” he said to one of his former colleagues.

Hartsoe was one of about 10 former Broyhill Furniture employees to tour the newly renovated Warlong Building.

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