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February 17th

Seniors invited to lunch

February 17, 2012

The city of Claremont is inviting citizens ages 60 and older to three free luncheons in the coming weeks.

The lunches, which will be held at the O’Cup Bean and Bakery in downtown Claremont, will give seniors a chance to socialize and give feedback to city officials, said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.

“We are trying to get their input on what Claremont is doing right and wrong as far as senior programs,” Barrick said. “It’s just trying to get some input on activities they would like to see in Claremont.”

Victory in sight

February 17, 2012

Tucked away inside a cornered room at the Catawba Rosenwald School, a handful of students are testing in silence. It’s almost quiet.

Skyler Jarvis slides the tips of his fingers along a clean sheet of Braille paper and moves down the page, line by line.

He is reading a story as part of a Braille Challenge, a national literacy competition that attracts hundreds of visually impaired students to qualifying centers across the nation each year. The N.C. Western Region qualifier was held in Catawba on Friday.

“Hmm.” Jarvis moves his fingers along a reading comprehension question.

Pastor guides own, church's growth

February 17, 2012

When the Rev. Scott Johnson was a boy, a couple women at his Wisconsin church told him he'd make a good pastor.

Johnson tucked that thought away until his junior year in college. In the middle of nuclear engineering studies, he says he decided maybe those women were right.

"I got to thinking about what I wanted to do in my life," Johnson said.

"I thought 'maybe this course isn't God's plan for me.' They planted the seed."

The seed grew into a 25-year ministry career that led him to Conover.

Find your name — CVCC high honors list

February 17, 2012

Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its High Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester.
The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for a GPA of 3.8 or better:

Find your name — CVCC fall honors list

February 17, 2012

Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) recently announced its Honors List of students for the fall 2011 semester. The following full-time Catawba County students were recognized for GPAs of 3.5-3.79:

The O-N-E Morning Read: TGIF, Feb. 17

February 17, 2012

Churches are victims of a burglary spree in Conover, but in most cases thieves aren’t taking anything of real value.

They are ransacking offices and breaking windows, however, and police are warning citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

More details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.

There’s good news in the Denver area. The O-N-E was first to report details on a Chinese company’s plans to bring a north American headquarters to North Carolina along with at least 600 jobs.

February 16th

School year starting date — you choose

February 16, 2012

Leaders in Catawba County's school systems have approved calendars that will send students to class Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year.

Some people say the early-August start is positive in part because it will allow high school students to complete first-semester exams before the holiday break in late December.

Others argue the early-August start is negative because, among other things, it shortens this year's summer vacation to about eight weeks.

What's your preference — a school year that begins in early August or late August? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

Maiden water line work continues

February 16, 2012

Construction crews continued work on a Main Street water line replacement project Thursday in Maiden.

The project is replacing one of the oldest water lines in the town and relocating a line from beneath the street to underneath the sidewalk.

Maiden officials say the line has broken several times the past several years due to buildup in a pipe.

Burglars hit string of Conover churches

February 16, 2012

Conover police are investigating a rash of church break-ins near the city's downtown area.

In the past two weeks, three Conover churches and one downtown business reported break-ins. For each of the break-ins, police report burglars took only small amounts of money and broke windows and ransacked office areas.

"This person is not taking anything of value," Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer said. "This is occurring after hours in the churches, and most of them have been occupied up until 7-7:30 at night."

Conover Fire Department gets grant money

February 16, 2012

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (N.C.) announced that 12 North Carolina fire departments will receive a total of $1,907,418 through the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

The Conover Fire Department will receive $38,228.

The funding will help firefighters and first responders obtain critically needed communications equipment, protective gear, training and other resources.

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