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January 4th

Claremont seeks park grant — again

January 4, 2012

The city of Claremont is again seeking funding to renovate Francis Sigman Park.

The park, located off Keisler Dairy Road near downtown, currently houses two baseball fields, football goalposts and other land leased by the Claremont Optimist Club.

For the second time, the city is seeking grant funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to help pay for planned improvements, which include a new softball field, greenway and parking lots, according to information provided by the city.

Pet food company to bring jobs to region

January 4, 2012

A pet food manufacturer plans to bring 150 new jobs to the region in the next two years.

Carolina Prime Pets, which manufactures premium pet food products, plans to relocate to Lenoir this year.

The Caldwell County Economic Development Commission (CCEDC) expects Friday to announce the plans.

Carolina Prime Pets currently operates in Murphy and plans to relocate to the former NACCO Industries building on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir.

Pay taxes by Thursday, or pay interest charges

January 4, 2012

Your property taxes are due Thursday.

If you don’t pay, the taxes will become delinquent, and interest will be added to them, said Mark Logan, Catawba County tax administrator.

North Carolina law requires that interest be added at the rate of 2 percent for January, and three-fourths of 1 percent for each following month, on all tax bills unpaid after 5 p.m. Thursday. 

Citizens can pay their bills in several ways, including submitting payments in a depository to the right of the main entrance of the Catawba County Government Center.

Baker pleas expected Thursday

January 4, 2012


Adam Baker’s attorney says his client could be home in Australia as early as next week.


Baker, the father of the 10-year-old, Zahra, who was brutally murdered in 2010, will most likely consent to a plea deal Thursday for charges against him in Catawba and Caldwell counties.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Wednesday, Jan. 4

January 4, 2012

Charlie Sybrant’s family and friends continue life without her after an underage drunk driver hit and killed the young woman more than two years ago.

The man responsible for her death begged her family for forgiveness on the day he was sentenced to 55 months in prison.

Complete details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.

The O-N-E was first to report Newton’s decision to keep open its pool another summer on Twitter @TheONENews. Complete details from Tuesday night's pool discussion featured in The O-N-E’s print and online editions.

January 3rd

Newton pool to open in 2012

January 3, 2012

Newton will open its swimming pool in summer 2012 at a cost of more than $85,250 for one season.

"It is a quality of life issue," said Newton City Council member Mary Bess Lawing. "I think the pool should be open because it meets a certain need for certain people in the area. Everybody does not have the opportunity to go to a private pool. Everybody does not have a pool in their backyard. Ours is a diversified need. We meet a need if we open that pool."

However, other Newton City Council members argue that the city could meet a greater recreation need elsewhere.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

January 3, 2012

This photo of June Pittman and her cat, Sox, is The O-N-E photo of the week.

Sox went missing several weeks ago in Conover, and Pittman's neighbor Jean Connor found the cat in her attic. For more of the story, visit http://observernewsonline.com/content/conover-cat-trap

Visit observernewsonline.com each Wednesday morning for a new photo of the week. To suggest future photos and offer news tips, send an e-mail to onenews@observernewsonline.com.

Adam Baker plea deal in works

January 3, 2012

Adam Baker may agree this week to a plea deal on felony charges he faces in Catawba County.

Baker's attorney, Mark Killian, said in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday that he is working with the district 25 attorney's office on a plea agreement on the charges. A plea hearing on Baker's charges is expected as early as today.

Baker, the father of the 10-year-old, Zahra, who was brutally murdered in 2010, is charged in Catawba County with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Baker's charges are unrelated to Zahra's murder.

Official farewell

January 3, 2012

Newton Assistant City Manager and Planning Director Glenn Pattishall officially retired after more than 28 years with the city.

A reception was held in his honor Tuesday, and Newton City Manager Todd Clark took the opportunity to salute Pattishall's service and present him with a gift bag.

"If it weren't for Glenn, we wouldn't have the jobs we have in this county today," Clark said.

County feels chill

January 3, 2012

Fetch the scarves, gloves and earmuffs — it's cold in Catawba County.

Residents wrapped themselves in warm clothing Tuesday to shield against the coldest temperatures in the area so far this winter.

Temperatures reached 22 degrees in Conover, Maiden and Claremont on Tuesday morning, according to accuweather.com, and wind chills made the air feel like 11 degrees at 6 a.m. in Newton.

High temperatures climbed just above freezing Tuesday.

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