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March 13th

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

March 13, 2012

This O-N-E photo of Margaret Sparkman, the "National Gourd Lady," is the photo of the week.

Sparkman, of Conover, passed away last week at 95.

Many in Catawba County — and across the nation — mourned her passing and fondly remembered her life.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday morning for a new photo of the week.

To suggest photos of the week or submit news tips, email onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Newton hires planning director

March 13, 2012

The city of Newton announced Tuesday it has hired a new planning director.

Christine Bartleson succeeds Glenn Pattishall, who retired in January after 28 years with the city.

Bartleson was selected from a pool of 50 applicants, based on her knowledge and experience in municipal planning, according to a press release from the city.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, March 13

March 13, 2012

A fatal wreck early Tuesday morning closed I-40 eastbound between Rock Barn Road and Claremont. The interstate remains closed, and Oxford Street is closed until a safety inspection is completed on a bridge an out-of-control transfer truck hit.

The O-N-E was first to deliver details and pictures from the wreck in our online edition. Get updated details online as they become available: www.observernewsonline.com/content/driver-dies-fiery-i-40-crash.

Get breaking news online at www.observernewsonline.com and follow us on Twitter @TheONENews.

Truck driver dies in crash

March 13, 2012

One man died Tuesday in a fiery tractor-trailer crash that shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 for nearly seven hours.

N.C. Highway Patrol troopers say Randolph Day, 56, of Hudson, was carrying produce for MDI Distributors Inc. when his truck veered off the highway about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday near Exit 135, slamming into the Oxford Street Bridge that crosses over I-40. Day died in the crash.

March 12th

Cafe serves massive challenge

March 12, 2012

It was high noon, and two confident food challengers were about to meet their doom in Catawba.

The lunch crowd at Cindy’s Starlite Café was flooding in, and all eyes were on the kitchen.

“I’m hungry,” The O-N-E’s Editor Matthew Tessnear said. “I’m feeling pretty hungry…honestly.”

Tessnear was poised and ready, but he would soon learn he would have to get a whole lot hungrier.

For he, along with The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard, were about to test what has to be the most scrumptious, yet gruesome challenge in the foothills.

Building permits confirm Apple’s plans

March 12, 2012

Apple Inc. filed for more building permits last week that confirm the company is looking to add significant green technology to its data center in Maiden.

Apple released new information on its website in February that said it plans to power its data center completely from renewable energy. In a brief statement on its website, Apple announced that it plans to power the Maiden data center with the nation’s largest end-user-owned solar array and non-utility fuel cell installation.

Officials: Arson caused restaurant blaze

March 12, 2012

Fire officials say accelerants were used in a blaze that destroyed a Sherrills Ford restaurant more than nine months ago.

The Pier 150 seafood restaurant was completely destroyed June 18, 2011, after a large fire gutted the building.

It took five departments and about 85 firefighters to put out the blaze that was first reported around midnight.


At the time, fire officials were unsure if the blaze, which occurred only a half-mile from the nearest fire station, was caused by arson or some other cause.

March 11th

Catawba County sports schedule

March 11, 2012

Tuesday, March 13
St. Stephens softball at Hibriten
Maiden softball at Newton-Conover
Bandys softball vs. Draughn
Bunker Hill softball at East Burke
Foard softball at South Caldwell

St. Stephens baseball vs. Hibriten
Maiden baseball at Newton-Conover
Bandys baseball vs. Draughn
Bunker Hill baseball at East Burke
Fred T. Foard baseball vs. South Caldwell

St. Stephens tennis vs. Foard
Maiden tennis at Newton-Conover
Bandys tennis vs. Draughn
Bunker Hill tennis at East Burke
Foard tennis at St. Stephens

St. Stephens soccer at HIbriten

March 9th

N.C. 16 section to close

March 9, 2012

A heavily traveled patch of a Conover highway will shut down next week and remain closed nearly eight months.

On Wednesday, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) workers are expected to close a short section of N.C. 16 Business and begin demolition and replacement of an old bridge over Interstate 40.

The bridge, built in 1957, has been deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.

Conover Station’s sweet tooth

March 9, 2012

Conover Station just got a little bit sweeter.

Sidetrax Café, Conover Station’s first private investment and commercial business, officially opened its doors in February.

The café features a savory menu of cakes, cupcakes and cookies that are both visually and tastefully appetizing.

Located adjacent to the Conover Branch of the Catawba County Library on the third floor of the Multimodal Center, the café also provides specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and soft drinks for readers and all visitors alike.

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