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March 16th

County to discuss funding for school projects

March 16, 2012

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several funding requests from Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools when it meets Monday in Newton.

Newton-Conover City Schools has requested $250,000 to replace six HVAC units at Shuford Elementary School. NCCS deemed the HVAC replacements as its top funding priority for fiscal year 2012-13 and is requesting that commissioners commit to funding so the replacements can be made this summer.

84-year-old man drowns in pool

March 16, 2012

An 84-year-old man drowned Thursday in the pool at his Hickory home.

Jack Leroy Hawn's wife found him dead in the pool at their Idlewood Acres home sometime after 2 p.m.

"The pool wasn't full, but the liner had captured quite a bit of water over the winter," said Capt. Joel Fish with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Fish said Hawn's wife fell asleep, woke, went outside and found him dead.

Fish said Hawn had Alzheimer's disease and a history of medical problems.

Spelling gets red hot Tuesday

March 16, 2012

How do you spell student scholarships for Newton-Conover High School graduates?

N-C-E-F.

And how do you spell classroom grants for teachers in the Newton-Conover City Schools system?

Again, N-C-E-F.

However, without participation in the Red Hot Spelling Bee by community organizations, student teams and businesses, the Newton-Conover Education Foundation — NCEF — can't even begin to spell s-u-p-p-o-r-t for the educational initiatives it supports every year.

This week's criminal convictions

March 16, 2012

The following Catawba County residents were convicted in Criminal Superior Court this week.

* Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was convicted of felony second-degree murder and was sentenced to 180-205 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.

*Emanuel Marshall Whitted, 39, of Conover, was convicted of three counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced to 120-153 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.

Maiden mourns for student crushed by car

March 16, 2012

Humberto Zepeda gave his friends plenty of reasons to smile.

The Catawba County teenager provided his Maiden High School classmates with fun memories inside and outside of class, according to posts on a Facebook page created Friday to remember his life.

Zepeda, of 1115 S. Brady Ave. in Newton, died Thursday afternoon under his car at 1175 S. Brady Ave.

Newton Police Department (NPD) investigators say they believe the car slipped from a jack and crushed him while he was repairing the vehicle.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, March 16

March 16, 2012

A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a church, several vehicles and leading police on a late night foot chase that ended in a ditch.

More details in the Friday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

A murderer who killed a man at a Hickory assisted living facility will spend at least 15 years in jail.

A forum at Catawba Valley Community College on Thursday revealed the economy is improving, but the region still faces hurdles despite promising new sectors of economic development.

March 15th

READER POLL: Pick the ideal school superintendent

March 15, 2012

Catawba County Schools will employ a new superintendent in the next several months. What trait would you most like the new administrative leader to possess?

Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

The CCS Board of Education met this week to review and discuss the results of a community survey that solicited input about the system's next superintendent.

For more about the surveys:
http://observernewsonline.com/content/county-seeks-communicator-lead-sch...

Forum reveals mixed economic outlook

March 15, 2012

After a gloomy economic climate has prevailed in the Hickory Metro during the past several years, glimmers of hope are emerging in the region's outlook.

"How do you get ranked eighth worst metro in America to find a job," Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President Danny Hearn said of a recent list published by U.S. News and World Report, "and we wake up this morning and we are ranked the ninth best metro in America for economic development announcements."

Hickory murderer sentenced

March 15, 2012

A Hickory man will spend at least 15 years in prison for the 2009 bludgeoning murder of a 70-year-old man at an assisted living center.

On Thursday, Dennis Edward Scherzer pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Roland Simmons at Hickory's Walden Assisted Living Center.

The murder occurred in July 2009, when Hickory Police Department investigators found Simmons unconscious with severe head trauma.

Hickory police said Scherzer, another Walden House resident, beat Simmons in the head with a steel pipe.

Church burglar captured

March 15, 2012

A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a local church, several vehicles and leading police on a foot chase.

Police say a citizen called police about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after seeing a suspicious man checking for unlocked car doors near 11th Street and North Gaither Avenue in Newton.

When police arrived moments later, the suspect fled. Newton Police Chief Don Brown said a chase ended when the suspect fell down a large drainage ditch, injuring himself.

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