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Budget proposes school funding restoration

May 9, 2012

Gov. Beverly Perdue's proposed budget adjustments for next year would use most of the proceeds from a sales tax increase to restore cuts that North Carolina school districts have been forced to make since 2009.

Perdue will release her nearly $21 billion plan Thursday, but a document provided by the Democratic governor's administration to reporters Wednesday provided details on her proposal.

Sheriff chases, tackles suspect

May 9, 2012

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid proved he’s still got it Wednesday — by chasing down a burglar on the run.  

Reid, who has served close to 35 years with the sheriff’s department and is serving his second year as sheriff, found himself in the middle of a wild chase Wednesday morning after responding to a breaking and entering call in Hickory.

BREAKING: Maiden chooses former Blue Devil

May 9, 2012

Searching for its football future, Maiden High School decided to dig into its past.

The school officially announced Wednesday that former assistant coach Frank Snider will lead the Blue Devils football program this season.

Snider replaces James "Buddy" King, who resigned last week after replacing Brian Brown as coach Feb. 14.

Longtime Newton pharmacist dies

May 9, 2012

Paul Morgan Walker operated a pharmacy in one of downtown Newton's historic business buildings for more than half a century.

He was a leader in the community’s government, civic, business and religious activities throughout those decades.

Walker, who was 80, died Wednesday morning at Hospice of the Catawba Valley after several months of failing health.

Cops stop wrong-way driver on U.S. 321

May 9, 2012

Authorities prevented danger late Tuesday when they stopped a lost 87-year-old driver who traveled north for at least six miles in the southbound lanes of U.S. 321.

Maiden police officers and Lincoln County sheriff's deputies helped direct the driver, a Salisbury woman, to the roadside about 7:30 p.m. near mile marker 30 in Catawba County.

ELECTION: Governor, president results breakdown

May 9, 2012

Primary day yielded few surprises in Catawba County in the presidential and state governor primaries.

Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney tallied the most votes for U.S. president.

Former Charlotte mayor and Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton received the most votes in North Carolina's gubernatorial race.

ELECTION: Marriage amendment results breakdown

May 9, 2012

North Carolina's constitutional marriage amendment gained strong support in Catawba County.

Of the 35,230 ballots cast in the county Tuesday, there were 35,009 marriage amendment votes. Nearly 26,000 people (74.22%) of county voters approved the amendment. About 9,000 (25.78%) voted against it.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Election round-up

May 9, 2012

North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that defines marriage, and Catawba County sent incumbents in to November’s general election.

Complete details from Election 2012's primary are inside Wednesday’s edition of The O-N-E. Be sure to visit www.observernewsonline.com for vote counts, precinct results and in-depth information about Tuesday’s primary.

ELECTION: County commissioners results breakdown

May 9, 2012

Catawba County commissioner incumbents Dan Hunsucker and Barbara Beatty secured spots in November's general election with primary victories Tuesday.

Hunsucker and Beatty, who both gained more votes than GOP challengers Steve Graves and Kevin Spiva, now face Democrat Steve Hunt, who was unopposed in Tuesday's primary.

Unofficial results of the race for Catawba County commissioner:

ELECTION: House District 10 results breakdown

May 9, 2012

Incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry, a Republican, and Democratic N.C. Rep. Patsy Keever won primaries in U.S. House District 10.

Unofficial results of the race in the 10th congressional district in Catawba County:

Republican
Patrick McHenry 14,639 votes (73.49%)
Ken Fortenberry 3,917 votes (19.66%)
Don Peterson 1,363 votes (6.84%)

Democrat

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