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December 16th

BREAKING: Hometown Christmas grand prize winners announced

December 16, 2011

The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook are rewarding area residents who spend their holiday dollars at locally owned businesses in the Hickory Metro.

Today the Catawba County community newspaper announced grand prize winners in the Hometown Christmas shop-local campaign. During the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and 63 Big Ways, The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard called the names of three area residents whose Christmas got a little brighter.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Dec. 16

December 16, 2011

A Newton couple spreads holiday cheer every year with their brilliant Christmas display, and now their neighbors are returning the favor - by paying their power bill.

Read the story in the Friday print edition of The O-N-E, and online at www.observernewsonline.

The O-N-E invites you to share your favorite holiday lights. Send us pictures of the prettiest, the tackiest and everything in-between: www.observernewsonline.com/node/add/photossubmit. We'll publish the best pictures online and some may make it to the print pages of The O-N-E.

December 15th

Safest option? You pick.

December 15, 2011

Drivers are experiencing a Catawba County first in Conover — the first roundabout.

The roundabout was built at County Home Road and Northern Drive NW, near the new Newton-Conover Middle School. The N.C. Department of Transportation says roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections with stop signs or traffic signals.

Which intersection design do you believe is safest? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

You can also send your letters to the editor to onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Cheer in return

December 15, 2011

Who said social media is ruining personal relationships?


In Newton, something as simple as a Facebook photo prompted a random act of giving, all in the spirit of holiday cheer.


The story starts at a little house on West “D” Street.

Each holiday season, Ronnie and Mary Connor transform their home into a Christmas showcase. Filled with inflatable Santas, a candy cane walkway and red, green and white lights, their one-story house sticks out as drivers make their way toward U.S. 321 or N.C. 16.


Newton's first full-time planner retires

December 15, 2011

Glenn Pattishall became Newton's first full-time planning director when he joined the city staff in 1983.

"I had tremendous opportunities here," he said. "I got to define the job. I got to establish the department and then try to get it integrated into everything else the city had going on."

Now after more than 28 years of work, the department is an established part of Newton government, and so is Pattishall, the city's planning director and assistant manager. According to Newton Mayor Anne Stedman, he is a "consummate professional."

Cops collect toys for needy

December 15, 2011

Conover Police’s Santa Cops program will help provide toys to more than 100 children this Christmas.

The Santa Cops program, initiated by a Conover police officer in 2008, gives toys donated by area residents and companies to children and families in need. Area school systems and Catawba County Social Services identify children and families that need assistance.

“The need is just so great,” said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.

“With the economic times and the unemployment rate in the county, the need is genuine. This is a way we can give back."

Catawba County crime reports

December 15, 2011

A Chihuahua was shot with a BB gun in Claremont, and thieves took a four-wheeler in Conover, among other crimes reported this week by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Dec. 13

Suspects stole an aluminum dock board and fork life squeeze plate from a loading dock at the Carter Factory Closeout Inc. at 2023 Wagon Lane NE in Conover. The items are valued at a combined total of about $1,000.


Dec. 13


Man robs convenience store

December 15, 2011

A man robbed a Hickory convenience store Wednesday night on Fairgrove Church Road.

Authorities are still looking for the robber that got away after stealing a handful of money and threatening a store clerk with what appeared to be a gun.

Police say the white man entered the Fast Track Shell on Fairgrove Church Road around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night and went to the bathroom. As he exited the store, he approached the store clerk, asked for money and raised an object in his coat pocket that appeared to be a gun, according to a police report.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 15

December 15, 2011

Catawba County is getting its first roundabout outside Newton-Conover City Schools’ new middle school. Find out why and how to navigate the new traffic circle only in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Closure of Conover’s USPS mail processing facility has been put on hold - for now. The O-N-E reports this morning that the plant won’t close until May more details in the print editions and online, www.observernewsonline.com.

December 14th

Postal plant closures delayed

December 14, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will delay closing its Hickory and Conover mail processing centers until May, the agency announced Tuesday.

In response to requests made by multiple U.S. senators, USPS has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012.

In a statement, the agency said it will hold off on closings to give Congress more time to pass what it called “comprehensive legislation” that will help the agency avoid bankruptcy.

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