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January 17th

Manufacturing momentum

January 17, 2012

Regional industry leaders are assembling pieces to rebuild a machine that once powered western North Carolina's economy —manufacturing.

A growing list of manufacturers have brought jobs and an economic boost to Catawba County in the past two years, and economic development officials hope to continue that trend.

Maiden councilman resigns

January 17, 2012

A veteran Maiden councilman resigned unexpectedly this week during the town’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Howard Ervin, who has served on the Maiden Town Council since 2005, tendered his letter of resignation Monday night. He said he resigned for personal reasons.

During his time on council, Ervin helped oversee a time of growth in Maiden, including the expansion of Lawrence Lumber Company Inc., vonDrehle, Ethan Allen and the recruitment of Apple Inc.’s East Coast data center.

Hickory Police: Woman shoots, kills son

January 17, 2012

LONG VIEW— Police in Long View are investigating the shooting of a 21-year-old man by his mother.

The Hickory Police Department reports that no one has been charged in the shooting that killed Justin Barger on Friday.

Police Lt. Rick Coffey said Justin Barger was drinking and assaulted his parents.

Coffey said 53-year-old Karen Barger shot her son once with a handgun. He died at the home.

Coffey said police are investigating, and will turn the results of their probe over to District 25 Attorney James C. Gaither Jr. to determine if charges should be filed.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Jan. 17

January 17, 2012

Catawba County commemorates the life and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and The O-N-E delivers the details in the Tuesday edition.

In Newton, elected officials are at odds with the city’s planning commission when it comes to temporary signs advertising businesses and fundraisers. City council will make a decision on policy changes tonight.

Alarm bells are ringing in Conover thanks to a grant that delivers carbon monoxide detectors to city residents. Citizens in Newton, Conover and Hickory can get free carbon monoxide alarms - find out how in the Tuesday O-N-E.

January 16th

Season to dream

January 16, 2012

Singing as they walked, about 100 residents rounded the corner onto College Street in Newton on Monday morning.

“We shall overcome. We shall overcome. We shall overcome.”

“Oh, deep in my heart. I do believe. We shall overcome.”

They sang "We Shall Overcome" to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his dream, his message and the thousands of people who stood by it.

Grant alarms Conover

January 16, 2012

A new grant is helping Conover “get alarmed.”

Conover received a “Get Alarmed NC Grant” recently that will provide the city with 500 smoke alarms, 300 carbon monoxide detectors and $1,500 to purchase installation equipment.

The alarms and detectors will be installed free for area citizens who lack the equipment or need upgrades, city and fire officials said.

Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson said the department will target homes with children younger than age 5 and adults older than age 64, in addition to non-English-speaking homes.

Signs of conflict

January 16, 2012

When it comes to temporary advertising, all signs point toward growing disagreement between Newton's elected officials and its appointed planning commission.

That could continue tonight when Newton City Council considers a measure to modify the city's policy on temporary roadside signs.

Catawba County sports this week

January 16, 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 17
Bunker Hill basketball at Bandys
Bandys wrestling at Bunker Hill
Hickory basketball at Fred T. Foard
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Hickory, 5 p.m.
Maiden basketball at Draughn
Draughn wrestling at Maiden, 7 p.m.
West Caldwell basketball at Newton-Conover
N-C wrestling at West Caldwell, 7 p.m.
Watauga basketball at St. Stephens
Rockingham CC at CVCC men's basketball, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Lenior-Rhyne basketball at Catawba (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Thursday, Jan. 19

January 13th

Catawba County's week ahead

January 13, 2012

Citizens across Catawba County will pause Monday to celebrate and remember the work of Martin Luther King Jr. Events include marches, speakers and a theater production.

Many public offices will be closed Monday for the holiday.
Happenings this week include:

Monday
The Catawba County branch of the NAACP will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a march at 11 a.m. from St. Paul United Methodist Church to the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

A program will begin at noon at the courthouse, with Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education member Betty Coulter the speaker.

Conover approves manufacturing center contracts

January 13, 2012

Conover is inching closer to bringing the Manufacturing Solutions Center to Conover Station.

Conover City Council approved a lease agreement with Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on Thursday that will make a new home for the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC).

The city also approved a contract with MSC, which is currently located on CVCC’s East Campus.

MSC employs about 36 full- and part-time workers who collaborate with companies around the world to develop and improve their products to go to market.

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