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February 29th

Catawba residents file for state posts

February 29, 2012

Several local officials are running for state office.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright filed for the office of N.C. state auditor on Wednesday, the last day of filing for state and local offices.

Wright has served as Hickory’s mayor since 2001 and was even voted America’s best mayor recently in a U.S. contest. Before taking office as mayor, Wright was a CPA for 24 years.

“I think that I’ve got a skill set that would serve you well in the state auditor position. That’s why I decided to run for state auditor,” Wright said.

Five commissioner candidates file

February 29, 2012

The race for two seats on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners looks to be interesting this fall, as five candidates have filed for office.

Republican incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker will face three new challengers this election season from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

SIR focuses on aging population

February 29, 2012

For Catawba County's population, going gray isn't a gradual transition — it's becoming a booming shift.

In the past 10 years, the county's population of "Baby Boomers" and those in older generations is growing wildly. Census 2010 data revealed the population of residents ages 55-59 increased almost 36 percent in 10 years.

For those in the 60-64 age bracket the population growth during the past decade has been 62 percent. In the population between ages 65 and 74, the growth has been 28 percent.

February 28th

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

February 28, 2012

This photo of Kaiden, Barry and Xavier McMurtry is The O-N-E photo of the week.

Barry, a U.S. Army soldier, returned from Afghanistan and surprised his sons at Mountain View Elementary, where Kaiden is in kindergarten and Xavier is in second grade.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday for a new photo of the week. Email photo suggestions and news tips to onenews@observernewsonline.com

History unfolds

February 28, 2012

African American heritage was in the spotlight Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College.

CVCC celebrated Black History Month with its 10th annual Multicultural Celebration inside’s the college's Tarlton Complex.

The celebration gave students a day-long opportunity to visit Sankofa, an African American Museum on Wheels provided by curator and owner Angela Jennings.

Jennings, of Denmark, S.C., has been collecting historical African American artifacts, photographs and documents for 20-25 years and shares her collection with college-aged students throughout the country.

Catawba County Schools finances

February 28, 2012

The Catawba County Schools board approved its 2012-13 local budget and capital project requests Monday night, but those plans are far from finalized.

The county manager’s office will now take those requests, tweak them and present them to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners for approval.

The state, which doesn’t finalize its budget until early summer, could also impose changes that would affect how much money goes where.

“It may be the way we recommended it, or it may be a little different,” said CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger. “It just depends on what happens.”

Election Filing ends today

February 28, 2012

Election filing for county and state government offices ends at noon today.

Local offices up for election this year include the Catawba County register of deeds and two seats on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.

Area voters will also elect three state legislators this year, with two state House representative spots and one state senator position up for re-election.

For information about the requirements to file for these positions, visit catawbacountync.gov/elections.

Pick up Thursday's edition of The O-N-E for a look at who has filed.

Workers team to win lottery prize

February 28, 2012

Teamwork paid off for the employees of a Hickory food distributor.

A group of 10 employees at Merchants Distributors Inc. won $250,000 in a North Carolina lottery drawing on Friday.

The group calls itself "The MDI 10," and each team member contributes $1 a week to help the group play 10 sets of numbers in Friday lottery drawings.

Gary Baker, a produce and floral buyer for the company, also buys tickets for the group.

Each Friday on his lunch break, he gets a haircut and buys the Mega Millions tickets for that night’s draw.

Newton sewer work to begin

February 28, 2012

Newton Public Works will begin construction today on a sewer main and rehabilitation project set to be completed later this summer.

Public Works officials say the project will replace lines along the 300 block of South College Avenue, the 300 block of South Ashe Avenue and the 500 block of South Cline Avenue in Newton.

Newton Public Works crews, along with subcontractor Ronny Turner Construction Company, will work to replace some 4-inch lines with larger 6-inch lines to provide better quantity and pressure to Newton residents, Martin said.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Feb. 28

February 28, 2012

Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield faces more felony charges - this time for theft in Caldwell County.

A long-time attorney and former city council candidate was found dead in his Conover home, just months after he was the subject of a N.C. State Bar investigation. Lew Waddell Jr. was an attorney for almost 50 years, and he previously served as government attorney for Catawba County, Catawba and Maiden.

A Hickory High School student is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl during a youth church gathering.

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