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Area residents and businesses can expect gas prices to increase â again.
State officials announced last week that the gasoline tax will increase by almost 4 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.
The increase is the second this year alone, forcing local businesses like Yellow Cab Company to tighten a budgetary belt already squeezed.
âIt puts a hurting on all of us,â said Yellow Cab General Manager Ron Stephens. âAll itâs doing is making the rich man richer and poor man poorer.â
Championship day for the Catawba Valley Classic is here, and basketball action at Catawba Valley Community Collegeâs Tarlton Complex tips off at 1 p.m.
A day full of hoops action concludes with championship games tonight when No. 1 seed Hickory faces No. 3 seed Newton-Conover in girls action. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the boys championship game No. 1 seed Hickory plays No. 3 Alexander Central in a game set to start at 8:30 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Classic continued Wednesday and The O-N-E provided live game coverage during all the girls action at Catawba Valley Community College. for complete details on the games and final scores from all the tournament action be sure to visit the blog: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2
Cats like to climb.
A gray, long-haired cat in Conover also likes to descend, and his journeys recently placed him a tight spot.
Sox the cat has lived with June Pittman since her son found him during a thunderstorm behind the Adrian V. Shuford branch of the YMCA about five years ago. Pittman says Sox likes to cross the street in front of her house and visit the house of her neighbor, Jean Connor.
Connor and Pittman, who are both widows, say Sox shimmies up a holly tree next to Connorâs brick house, steps onto the house and sits on the roof.
The calendar changes to a new year Sunday, but Catawba County crisis ministries' needs of donations and volunteers stay the same.
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) and Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) â agencies that serve the needy with crisis assistance programs â need donations to restock supplies that were given to the community around Christmastime, officials said.
"As the economy decreases, our business goes up, and our available funds go down at the same time," said Crystal Bowman, chief financial officer of GHCCM.
Official holiday shopping numbers arenât in yet, but many area store managers report positive sales for the season.
The National Retail Federation estimates that customers will spend $469.1 billion nationwide this year. Final shopping numbers wonât come out until 2012, but local businesses are saying theyâve been busy.
âOur sales have been good, and weâve had a lot of people come in to see us,â said Rita Bolick, store manager at Walkerâs Pharmacy in Newton.
âWe have sold a lot of toys. We were completely busy from Thanksgiving through Christmas.â
The Observer News Enterprise published the newest edition of Catawba County Fact Book, a 2012 resource guide for citizens throughout the Greater Hickory Metro. The special edition is inside all copies of The O-N-E and Outlook which are distributed today.
Day two of the Catawba Valley Classic kicks off this afternoon at Catawba Valley Community College and Hickory High School.
Follow game coverage with The O-N-Eâs online edition and on Twitter @The ONENews. Also be sure to look for game blogs of girls action at CVCC, here: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2
Basketball action begins at CVCCâs Tarlton Complex at 4 p.m. when No. 5 Maiden plays No. 8 Bunker Hill in the girls consolation bracket. After the conclusion of the dayâs opener, No. 6 Fred T. Foard plays No. 7 St. Stephens.
While the end of December often cools the Catawba Valley, the action gets hot on the hardwood.
The 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic tipped off Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College and Hickory High School. Complete details on wins by Newton-Conover girls and results from the rest of the games are available in the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com to find out playoff pairings for Wednesday.
This photo of Dustin Hipps, a Maiden High School senior honored Sunday as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain, is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Hipps was recognized during the Panthers' game against Tampa Bay.
For more about Hipps and the honor, read the full story at http://observernewsonline.com/content/maidens-hipps-honored-panthers-game.
Look for The O-N-E photo of the week each Wednesday at observernewsonline.com. To suggest a photo of the week, or to offer a news tip, e-mail email@example.com.