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March 15th

Hickory region a national leader in economic development

March 15, 2012

After being ranked as one of the worst places to find a job two months ago, the Greater Hickory area has notched another top 10 ranking.

This time, it’s good news.

The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the nation for economic development in a recent report in Site Selection magazine.

The region ranked as the No. 9 performing metro area in the nation in announced economic development projects in the category of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 1 million people, according to the report.

The O-N-E morning read: Thursday, March 15

March 15, 2012

More than 800 citizens shared their preferences for the next Catawba County Schools (CCS) superintendent, and the surveys reveal that the public and school personnel want a strong communicator with financial skills and administrative experience.

The CCS Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the results of a survey of what characteristics community members would like the next school superintendent to possess.

Read more about the survey results in Thursday's O-N-E.

March 14th

Catawba County arrests, incidents

March 14, 2012

The following are recent incidents and arrests reported by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Arrests

March 11
Samuel Shane Lowman, 17, of Claremont, was arrested on simple physical assault, simple non-physical threat intimidation and criminal damage to property (vandalism) charges. He was held in the Catawba County Jail on a $1,000 secured bond.

Alexander William Mcmickle, 41, of Vale, was arrested on a charge of assault on a female. He was held in the Newton Detention Center with no bond.

County seeks 'communicator' to lead schools

March 14, 2012

Catawba County wants its next school superintendent to have strong communication skills.

That's what community members, and Catawba County Schools staff and principals indicated in a recent survey aimed at identifying important characteristics of CCS superintendent candidates.

"That's No. 1 for me, too," said CCS board member Sherry Butler.

Students chow down on Pi(e) Day

March 14, 2012

You can say Luke Walsh was excited for math on Wednesday, but that might be an understatement.

Walsh, a math instructor at Catawba Valley Community College, was more like a radio DJ or club emcee, orchestrating CVCC’s Pi Day Eating Challenge with a passion for mathematics and competitive eating.

“All right everybody let me see your Pi’s,” Walsh said. He held up three fingers — symbolic for the mathematical Pi equivalent of 3.14 — and waved his arm back and forth.

He drew a couple “Pi’s” from the CVCC student crowd.

“That’s all right, we’ll get funky later,” he said.

Conover assault case continued

March 14, 2012

The man accused of assaulting a handicapped person during a Conover City Council meeting earlier this year appeared in court on Wednesday.

Ken Herman, 71, of Conover, is charged with assault on a handicapped person after allegedly slapping a Conover man in the back of the head prior to a city council meeting in February.

Herman’s case was continued on Wednesday until June 29, according to information provided by the district attorney’s office.

Police arrested Herman on Feb. 10, four days after allegedly assaulting Coy Hester at Conover’s Feb. 6 council meeting.

STEM skills key to global competition

March 14, 2012

Leaders say STEM education may lead young people to jobs in the future.

STEM — or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — has been the focus of several education initiatives throughout Catawba County in recent months.

On Wednesday, education professionals from Hickory and across the state agreed that STEM education produces results.

“It draws out the creativity and innovation to drive new products and create new ways of working,” said Lamar Mitchell, director of Catawba County Champions of Education. “We want to make sure our students coming up are equipped to compete."

Neighbor helps cops catch TV thieves

March 14, 2012

Quick action by a neighbor helped police arrest two Hickory men who stole a TV from a home in Lincoln County on Wednesday morning.

A neighbor saw two men drive an SUV behind a house in the 1900 block of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse about 11:15 a.m.

He saw the men put a 32-inch flat-screen TV in their vehicle and speed away from the scene.

The neighbor provided Lincoln County law enforcement with information about the vehicle and a suspect description.

Lincolnton police caught the suspects at a traffic stop and found the stolen TV in the Ford Explorer.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, March 14

March 14, 2012

More details are emerging about a fatal collision on I-40 The O-N-E was first to report Tuesday morning.

Get complete information about a crash near Claremont involving an MDI truck, including eyewitness accounts, in the Wednesday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

Investigation into the wreck continues, and the Oxford Street bridge is still closed until department of transportation officials can confirm it is still safe for traffic.

Follow The O-N-E online at www.observernewsonline.com and on Twitter @TheONENews for breaking news as it happens.

March 13th

NCHS announces new athletic director

March 13, 2012

Newton-Conover High School's new athletic director says he wants to take the Red Devils sports program to the next level.

School district leaders say he has the athletic and administrative experience to do it.

Billy Leeson was hired this month to serve as NCHS's athletic director and assistant principal.

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