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Hope, search for missing girl continue

February 15, 2012

One and one-third miles.

It’s the distance police say 9-year-old Asha Degree walked along N.C. 18.before vanishing 12 years ago.

Asha’s friends and family, bundled against the biting wind and cold, walked in Asha’s steps Tuesday.

It’s an 11-year tradition they wish could end.

“Every time it snows or rains, I think about her,” said Asha’s brother, O'Bryant Degree. “I wonder if she’s safe.”

Flurry of downtown businesses open

February 15, 2012

Newton has seen a recent spike in small businesses popping up throughout downtown.

In fact, there were seven small business openings within city limits in January alone, said Rob Powell, the city of Newton’s commercial development coordinator.

“There are still a couple more that we are working with, but haven’t opened up yet,” Powell said “It looks like next month will be pretty busy as well.”

Conover mom's bond reduced

February 15, 2012

A Conover woman charged with child abuse had her bond reduced Wednesday, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte police say Ladonna Parlier, 26, was seen tampering with her infant daughter's intravenous line at Carolinas Medical Center earlier this month.

A judge reduced Parlier's bond to $12,500, $2,500 each for the five counts of felony child abuse she faces, according to the Observer.

Her bond was previously set at $137,500.

She has been ordered to not have contact with her 5-month-old child.

Newton youth sports participation increases

February 15, 2012

Basketball is booming in Newton's recreation department.

"Out of 31 days in January, we played 25 days straight, and we had no practices in our (Newton Recreation Center) facility," said Newton Assistant Recreation Director Carol Stiles. "There are 28 days in February, and we'll play 28. It is seven-days-a-week, and a lot of the coaches don't like it because they don't get to practice. Sometimes there are too many people in there, but we don't have any other space."

The story is similar for girls volleyball.

New furnishings

February 15, 2012

It’s Tuesday night, and Newton Martial Arts Soke Paul Langford is getting the senior division ready for class.

“Everybody get up, let’s go,” he said.

A handful of students of various ages and colorful belts dress, line up and start stretching.

For the most part, it’s a normal Tuesday night for the veteran Newton group. However, the surroundings are different.

Newton Martial Arts (NMA) kicked its way into a new facility in 2012, giving the group’s instructors, students and parents more space and better amenities to practice their custom Teashikido style of Karate.

Maiden man wins $250k in lottery

February 15, 2012

A Maiden resident is $250,000 richer after winning big in a state lottery game.

Mike Bollinger, of Maiden, won a quarter of a million dollars on a $1 Mega Millions ticket he purchased in Stanley on Friday.

His ticket was one of two that matched all five white balls in the Friday drawing, beating odds of more than one in 3.9 million. The other ticket, which is also worth $250,000, has yet to be claimed.

Bollinger, a police officer and EMT member, purchased the ticket at Beach's General Store on N.C. 73 in Stanley, according to information provided by the N.C. Education Lottery.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Feb. 15

February 15, 2012

Maiden has a new football coach and both he and the “biggest little football town in the world” are expecting big things.

Find out more about Buddy King, as well as community and player reactions to the hire inside the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Catawba County’s justice center was full of love on Valentine’s Day. See The O-N-E to find out more this year’s rekindling of a Feb. 14 tradition thanks to the Catawba County Register of Deeds office.

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