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Game-changer? Vote in The O-N-E reader poll

March 22, 2012

The National Football League's New Orleans Saints operated a system in which players could make money by injuring players on opposing teams.

Does the news of this "bounty system" change the way you view professional football?

Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's poll related to Catawba County Schools superintendent preferences.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Friday for a new reader poll question.

Newton approves $4.8M for capital improvements

March 22, 2012

Newton will invest more than $4.8 million in capital improvements during the fiscal year ahead, and almost $4.4 million will be financed with new debt.

Approved this week as part of a five-year capital improvement plan (CIP), the spending will pay for a variety of projects and equipment in the city's general fund, water/wastewater and electric operations.

The city is in the second year of a CIP originally approved last year.

Conover probe produces drug arrests

March 22, 2012

A lengthy neighborhood investigation led to the arrest of two Conover citizens on drug charges, and police say more charges are pending on additional suspects.

Police served three search warrants last week at multiple homes along 8th Avenue SW in Conover after an investigation that stemmed from citizen concerns.

Freddie Henry Powell, 45, and Salvador Sanchez Gore, 29, were both arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II narcotics.

Newton moves closer to new fire headquarters

March 22, 2012

Newton’s proposed new fire station headquarters moved closer to reality this week after city council members reserved fire department funding in the coming year’s budget.

Newton City Council approved $100,000 to be used toward engineering and design for the new fire headquarters in the 2012-13 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budget.

Beautification group combats litter

March 22, 2012

The Keep Catawba County Beautiful Litter Committee placed a new series of anti-littering signs in Conover on Thursday in an attempt to decrease trash alongside roads.

For more on this story, pick up the Friday edition of The O-N-E.

Hickory seeks name for complex

March 22, 2012

The city of Hickory wants citizens to name its new Union Square entertainment complex.

Greater Hickory Metro residents are encouraged to submit name suggestions from April 18-May 18. Entries can be submitted at hickoryspeaks.com or hickorync.gov.

Construction is under way on the new complex, which will include space for outdoor concerts, seating and a farmer's market.

The winning structure name will be announced May 27 at "Swinging Under the Stars" at the complex.

This week's criminal convictions

March 22, 2012

The following Catawba County residents were sentenced this week in criminal superior court for felony offenses.

* William Curtis Atwell, 38, of Conover, was convicted of felony attempted breaking or entering.

* Marcus William Beard, 35, of Hickory, was convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child and was sentenced to 25-30 months in the N.C. Department of Correction. Beard entered a plea after jury selection and during a state evidence presentation.

* Billy Joe Hahn, 20, of Hickory, was convicted of felony breaking or entering and felony larceny.

Hickory woman indicted on murder charges

March 22, 2012

A Hickory woman accused of killing a father and son riding a motorcycle was indicted on charges of second-degree murder.

A grand jury handed up the indictment against Amie Jo Skeens this month.

Investigators say Skeens crashed into two motorcycles last October, killing 19-year-old Kevin Moody and his father, 42-year-old Stephen Moody. The men were together on one motorcycle; two other people were injured.

Police say Skeens drove away but was later arrested. Court documents state she initially denied being behind the wheel, saying "crackhead zombies" were driving the van instead.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, March 22

March 22, 2012

Science lessons at Maiden Elementary delivered space to students during “Mars Madness” this week. Get more details and see pictures of students space adventure in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Senior citizens are playing volleyball and staying active in other ways during Seniors Morning Out.

Volunteers and supplies are sought for “Operation Stand Down” to benefit homeless military veterans. Find out how to help in The O-N-E.

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