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February 13th

State to lower speed limit on rural road

February 13, 2012

Transportation officials are granting the wishes of an area resident who voiced safety concerns recently about his rural Catawba County road.

Woman stabbed in Maiden feud

February 13, 2012

A Maiden woman was hospitalized after being stabbed in the parking lot of an area convenience store.

Police say the stabbing stemmed from a verbal altercation between two women at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Shell gas station at 610 E. Main St. in Maiden.

Francis Blancher, 41, of Maiden, was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center's Lincoln campus after being stabbed in the abdomen with a knife.

Blancher was discharged from the hospital as of 9 a.m. Monday, according to a representative of CMC-Lincoln.  

Deputy shoots, kills man

February 13, 2012

Authorities in Alexander County say a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who threatened him with an ax.

Sheriff Chris Bowman said deputies were called Sunday night to a home where the wife of 47-year-old William Frederick Ippolito was staying with a friend.

Ippolito and his wife had recently separated, and Bowman said Ippolito assaulted the friend.

Bowman said Ippolito drove home, and later opened the door holding the ax.

Catawba County sports schedule

February 13, 2012

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Watauga-Foard girls winner at Hickory, 6:30 p.m.
St. Stephens-Alexander Central winner vs. Hibriten-South Caldwell winner at Hickory H.S., 8 p.m.
L-R baseball at Wingate, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Bunker Hill-Newton-Conover girls winner vs. West Caldwell-South Iredell, 6:30 p.m. at CVCC's Tarlton Complex
Bandys-West Caldwell boys winner vs. Bunker Hill-Draughn, 8 p.m. at CVCC's Tarlton Complex
Fred T. Foard-St. Stephens winner vs. Hibriten-Alexander Central, 8 p.m. at Hickory H.S.
CVCC men's basketball at Patrick Henry C.C., 6 p.m.

February 10th

Catawba County's week ahead

February 10, 2012

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.
For updates on the area's events and news, visit observernewsonline.com and read The O-N-E throughout the week.

Sunday

Conover councilwoman's husband arrested

February 10, 2012

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 Conover’s monthly city council meeting.

Filing begins Monday

February 10, 2012

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.

Get ready to get Red Hot

February 10, 2012

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.

Jeans team

February 10, 2012

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.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Feb. 10

February 10, 2012

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....

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