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May 21st

Hickory man leaves prison, awaits innocence hearing

May 21, 2012

A North Carolina man whose innocence claim on a rape conviction will be heard later this year was released from prison Monday on parole after serving almost 24 years of his life sentence.

Willie Grimes, 65, was released from the Gaston Correctional Center, where he was held on his conviction of raping a 69-year-old Hickory woman in 1987.

Motorcyclist dies in head-on crash

May 21, 2012

A motorcyclist died Sunday after hitting a car on Mount Pleasant Road west of Terrell.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.G. Griffin said the motorcyclist struck a Volkswagen Passat head-on.

"All indications were (the motorcyclist) was moving pretty fast," Griffin said.

The driver of the Passat was transported to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

Sherrills Ford man sentenced for DWI death

May 21, 2012

A Sherrills Ford man will spend 8-10 years in prison for a 2011 drunk-driving crash that killed a Denver woman.

Brian Todd Hieb, 44, pleaded guilty Monday morning to second-degree murder and driving while impaired (DWI) charges in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.

Authorities with the N.C. Highway Patrol say Hieb was drunk when his pickup crashed into another vehicle Feb. 8, 2011.

This week's criminal convictions

May 21, 2012

The following citizens were convicted of felony offenses and sentenced during the past week in criminal superior court.

* Jeffrey Scott Causby, 26, of Hickory, was convicted of felony possession of firearm by a felon and was sentenced to 9-11 months in the Division of Adult Correction.

May 18th

Family, business in grave dispute

May 18, 2012

When Betty Herman talks about her parents, she can’t help but shed a tear.

“Mother and Daddy were about the best parents you could have,” she says. “They were well-loved in this community.”

Innovation partnership recognized

May 18, 2012

The collaboration between Conover and the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Secretary of Commerce John Bryson used Conover Station and the MSC as his cornerstone example last week when talking about economic growth, job creation, and exports at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Manufacturer celebrates expansion

May 18, 2012

An international medical equipment manufacturer recently multiplied its impact on the global health care industry with an expansion of its Newton plant.

Sarstedt Inc., a German-headquartered medical and research company, completed a 50,000-square-foot automated storage and distribution center expansion at its plant off St. James Church Road.

NCCS hopes to add personnel

May 18, 2012

After several years of cutting costs and positions, Newton-Conover City Schools hopes to add a few employees in the coming fiscal year.

Proposed new positions — including a dropout specialist and maintenance foreman — are part of a recommended $4.5 million local general fund budget, a 1 percent increase from the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, May 18

May 18, 2012

It looks like bankruptcy woes for the U.S. Post Office are going to hit the Hickory Metro again. The post office plans to close the distribution center in Conover, and that's a move that could impact hundreds of jobs in the area.

May 17th

READER POLL: Which high-profile case interests you most?

May 18, 2012

Americans have talked about the murder case of Trayvon Martin for months, many rallying in disgust.

Others, particularly in North Carolina, are peeled to the campaign finance trial of former U.S. senator John Edwards.

Which case interests you most? Vote now in the latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.

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