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January 20th

Top speller conquers 'big words'

January 20, 2012

Darvinash Chandra Mohan says his strongest subject is math.
He knows his spelling, too.

Chandra Mohan, an eighth-grader at Newton-Conover Middle School (NCMS), won the Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) spelling bee Friday morning.

After runner-up Brianna Marquinez misspelled epilepsy, Chandra Mohan correctly spelled tentativeness and philosophize in the final round. He will represent NCCS in the district bee Feb. 20 in Charlotte.

"Those were big words," he said. "I knew I was going to get them right."

Unlucky meal sickens diners

January 20, 2012

County health officials say at least 18 people reported being sick after eating at a Conover seafood restaurant late last week.

Citizens reported experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating at the Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant on Fairgrove Church Road.

"They reported that they ate there around Friday the 13th," said Kelly Isenhour, Catawba County Public Health's (CCPH) assistant health director. "Their illnesses seem to come on fairly quickly and intensely, and their symptoms seem to revolve around that day."

Recycling programs upcoming

January 20, 2012

Catawba County will begin accepting used cooking oils at its Blackburn Solidwaste Convenience Center next month to prevent unwanted issues in the county’s sewer systems.

Beginning Feb. 1, the county will accept the oils for proper recycling at its Blackburn Convenience Center at 3864 Rocky Ford Road in Newton. The program is free and open to county residents.

Soldier's remains return to county

January 20, 2012

A Catawba County hero is finally home.


A Patriot Guard of more than 60 motorcycles, police and two military vehicles carried the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Willie Dennis Hill back to the county Friday afternoon, nearly 62 years after he was reported missing and presumed dead during the Korean War.


Hill was born and raised in Catawba. He was originally listed as missing in action in November 1950 during combat action between the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces and the United Nations Command forces in the vicinity of Anju, North Korea.

Conover police identify crash victim

January 20, 2012

Police have identified a man who died in a fiery car crash in Conover on Tuesday.


The victim, Gordon John Robinson, 64, of Asheville, was found dead inside a crashed vehicle shortly after 9:45 a.m. Tuesday off Reese Drive in Conover.

Authorities believe Robinson suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck, and Conover police are treating the incident as a traffic accident until they receive results from the coroner, said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.

Newton seeking spot on National Register

January 20, 2012

Newton's downtown district may get a historic revitalization boost by late March.

The N.C. National Register Advisory Committee will soon review a nomination that the city's downtown district be added to the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.

The proposed downtown historic district is bound by 2nd Street, North Forney Avenue, "A" Street and North Ashe Avenue.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Jan. 20

January 20, 2012

There’s no new leads from Wednesday’s reported gunman at Catawba Valley Community College, and a review of the school's 24-hour video surveillance revealed nothing.

More details from this week’s campus lockdown and evacuation in the Friday edition of The O-N-E, along with the latest information on police and school leaders’ review of their response to the security threat.

Beyond GeoDome: students at Jacobs Fork Middle School entered a new inflatable theater that delivers lessons about climate change: www.observernewsonline.com/content/mobile-science-center-visits-jacobs-fork.

January 19th

Going cruising? Vote now

January 19, 2012

At least 11 people died and more are missing after the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed into a reef off the coast of Italy.

The crash was the most recent disaster in a history of mishaps for the cruise industry.

Considering that history, would you board a cruise ship? Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's reader poll on racism and discrimination in Catawba County.

Mobile science center visits Jacobs Fork

January 19, 2012

Few things compare to the state’s “GeoDome” theater.  

Floating at about 20-feet tall and 50 feet in circumference, the mobile and inflatable dome is a theater inside a pod.

However, this theater doesn’t showcase the newest hit comedy or major motion picture. It surrounds viewers with a scientific topic far more imperative — marine life and climate change.   

Smoke part of sewer test

January 19, 2012

Claremont citizens may observe constant smoke in the city beginning next week.

The smoke is harmless and part of an effort to eliminate ground and storm water from entering the sanitary sewer system.

Claremont will start conducting a sanitary sewer evaluation program next week, which includes smoke that will test sanitary sewer mains and house lateral connections for leaks and defects.

The testing will begin Monday and should be completed by Feb. 10, said Doug Barrick, Claremont city manager.

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