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Danny Montgomery says plants are like humans.
"They have to have the right food, right temperature and the right foundation," he said.
"A plant's foundation is soil. They have to have the right nutrients, like humans."
Students in Montgomery's Horticulture I class at Bunker Hill High School are growing poinsettias this semester.
At the same time, Montgomery is growing his students in preparation for real careers in agriculture and other industries.
Prep basketball, wrestling and swimming dot the local sports schedule this week. Lenoir-Rhyne and CVCC also hit the hardwood this week for games.
Monday, Dec. 5
Newton-Conover basketball at Hickory
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Bandys wrestling at Alexander
Bunker Hill basketball at Fred T. Foard
Maiden basketball at St. Stephens
North Lincoln/SouthLake Christian/Hibriten at Maiden wrestling
Northwestern 3A/4A meeting at Lenoir-Rhyne
CVCC men's basketball at Caldwell CCTI
St. Andrews at Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball
Christmas activities highlight events this week in Catawba County.
Conover will light its tree downtown, Hickory will march its annual parade, an ensemble will sing Christmas tunes in Hickory and Newton senior adults will dance to a variety of music.
A chili and pottery fundraiser, bridge-building contest and several community information sessions also dot the schedule.
Read on for more details and pick up copies of The Observer News Enterprise throughout the week at county newsstands for the latest on events, breaking news, daily comics, opinions and more.
Law enforcement participating in a checkpoint for North Carolinaâ€™s â€śbooze it and lose itâ€ť campaign didnâ€™t have to look very hard to find one intoxicated motorist during the weekend.
He crashed right into the â€śBATmobileâ€ť in Newton early Sunday, and The O-N-E was first to report the bizarre drunk driving crash online at www.observernewsonline.com. See the story online this morning, and be sure to visit The O-N-Eâ€™s website throughout the day for updates as they become available.
A man crashed into a sobriety checkpoint early Sunday morning in Newton.
Police say a man driving a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro crashed into a mobile breath-alcohol testing unit, or BATMobile, about 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning in Newton.
The crash sent the driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else was hurt in the accident.
Investigators believe that alcohol contributed to the wreck.
Catawba Valley Community College was packed with Hmong flavor on Friday.
Students and residents representing the Hmong culture flocked to CVCCâ€™s Student Center on Friday to dance, sing and perform for area citizens.
The Hmong â€” an ethnic group from southern China, Laos and Vietnam â€” has its third largest American population in the Greater Hickory area.
The Hmong â€śNew Year Celebration,â€ť held annually around the American Thanksgiving holiday, was the theme of CVCCâ€™s Multicultural Series on Friday.
Jay Adams says real estate development is a competition.
Adams, a local real estate broker, said in changing economic times in Catawba County, different areas are in a competition for development.
Right now, Adams says thereâ€™s an obvious front runner.
â€śItâ€™s about which community plays the game the best,â€ť Adams said.
â€śRight now, itâ€™s pretty clear â€” thatâ€™s Conover.â€ť
In recent years, Conover has had dozens of small and large businesses relocate or expand within its city limits.
Leaf collection will be delayed in the next week for city of Newton customers.
One of the city's two loose-leaf collection trucks must be repaired, causing the delay.
Parts for the truck have been ordered, and repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, Dec. 9. Until then, the city will collect leaves with one truck.
For more information, contact Newton Public Works at 828-695-4310.
Conover will officially usher in the holiday season Tuesday.
Christmas in the Park begins at 6:30 p.m. at the city's Downtown Park.
After Mayor Lee Moritz welcomes those in attendance, choirs from Lyle Creek Elementary School, Conover School and Shuford Elementary School will sing a variety of Christmas carols.
Songs will include "Sleigh Ride," "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
The city plans to light its official Christmas tree just after 7 p.m., and Santa Claus will arrive soon after on a Conover Fire Department engine.
Thieves stole $20,000 in crop duster fertilizer from land in Sherrills Ford Wednesday night.
According to the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office, suspects driving a blue Dodge Dakota truck stole four aluminum tanks containing crop duster fertilizer from property owned by Joel Preston Lineberger, of 1673 Rufty St. in Catawba.
The larceny occurred sometime from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.
Lineberger, who owns property at 6239 Lineberger Road in Sherrills Ford, is a pilot and owns a crop duster plane, according to a sheriff's office incident report.