Archive - Feb 10, 2012 - News Article
The 2012 election season gets under way this week in Catawba County as filing begins Monday for a variety of seats.
For those who have already tuned out the year's political events, there's also a home show and several musical performances. One will benefit an area school's backpack program.
The Dinosaurs exhibit also continues at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory.
For more on this week's events, read on.
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Police arrested the husband of a Conover city councilwoman Friday on charges he assaulted a disabled man at a city meeting Feb. 6.
Kenneth Rowe Herman, 71, husband of councilwoman Jan Herman, is charged with assault on a handicapped person. He was released from the Catawba County Detention Center on a $1,000 unsecured bond and was given a March 14 court date.
The charge stems from an incident that occurred Monday night at Conoverâ€™s monthly city council meeting.
Election season will officially get under way Monday, as filing begins for county, state and federal offices.
The 2012 filing period will last from noon Monday until noon Feb. 29.
County offices up for election include the Catawba County register of deeds and two seats for the county board of commissioners.
Republican commissioner incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker have both said they intend to run for re-election. Republican Kevin Spiva, a former Maiden councilman from 2001-06, announced he intends to challenge the incumbent members for one of the two seats.
Sharp spelling skills help when it comes to Newton-Conover Education Foundation's annual Red Hot Spelling Bee, but they aren't required.
"All you really need is enough money to get your team to the championship round," said NCEF President Debbie Bandy, "and you can contend for a spelling bee championship."
Not only can competitors buy their way into championship contention, they can even rely on a little help from their friends.
Nippy air brushed the faces of Tuttle Elementary students as they entered the school building Friday morning.
Inside, piles of jeans lined the school's halls.
Thanks to Tuttle's students, and many donors in Maiden and surrounding communities, the jeans will soon warm the cold bodies of needy citizens in the region.
"You've got to know that you've made a huge difference in the lives of more than 2,500 people, because that's how many jeans you've collected," Principal DeAnna Finger told Tuttle's student body during Friday morning school announcements.
After the husband of a Conover City Council member allegedly struck a citizen during a council meeting, charges are expected to be filed today.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com for updates as soon as they are available, and get more details on the altercation in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and online here: http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/charges-loom-after-meeting-alt....