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January 13th

MLK Day events scheduled

January 13, 2012

A variety of events across Catawba County today will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Newton

* Monday march
The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP event will begin at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Monday and end at the downtown courthouse square.

* Monday ceremony
An MLK Jr. program will follow the march at noon Monday at the courthouse square. Betty Coulter, a Newton-Conover City Schools board member, will be the speaker.

* Food drive

Nighttime I-40 closures begin Monday

January 13, 2012

N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin overnight closures of Interstate 40 East in Catawba County on Monday for construction work.

Workers will begin a concrete pavement grooving project in the closed section from exits 130-133 through Conover.

The closure will begin at 9 p.m. each night and last through 6 a.m. the next morning. In a press release, NCDOT did not include information about the length of the project or closures.

Auto show rolls into Hickory

January 13, 2012

The inaugural Carolina Auto Racing Show kicked off Friday and continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center off Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.


The show features a variety of vendors from across the nation who are showcasing and selling products for racers, drivers and car fans.

The show also features models of various types of race cars.


Show officials expect to give away thousands of dollars in door prizes, too.

ASI Racewear, a race apparel company based in New York, is one of many vendors that is providing a display at the show.

Car hits Newton police officer

January 13, 2012

A Newton police officer was transported to the hospital after being struck by a car just before noon Friday.

NPD Officer Evalenne Fowler, 86, was walking north across “A” Street at Main Avenue when she was hit by an older model mustang.


Fowler, a parking enforcement officer who patrols downtown Newton, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries in her left leg and hip, Yarborough said.

The driver of the mustang, Linda P. Holland, 64, of Newton, was cited for failure to yield to a crosswalk, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

Sex offender jailed for Facebook site

January 13, 2012

A Hickory sex offender is in jail for having a Facebook site.
Catawba County sheriff’s deputies arrested Rusty Ryan Anderson, 21, of 1398 Finger Bridge Road in Hickory, on Wednesday after authorities discovered Anderson was unlawfully operating a Facebook social media page.

According to North Carolina General Statutes, registered sex offenders are prohibited from using social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other site that provides social introduction for the purposes of friendship, meeting people or information exchanges, according to General Statute 14-202.5.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Jan. 13

January 13, 2012

Catawba County citizens are helping their neighbors after an EF2 tornado ripped through Burke and Rutherford counties. See The O-N-E’s coverage online in the local news section and on the front of the print edition for Friday.

Expansions to service and space at Catawba County Public Health will allow 1.500 more children to receive dental care. Details ONLY in The O-N-E.

January 12th

Racism, discrimination in Catawba County? Vote now!

January 12, 2012

In light of the noose-bullying incident this week at Fred T. Foard High School, do you believe racism and discrimination are problems in Catawba County?

Let your voice be heard. Vote in our new reader poll at observernewsonline.com.

Look for a new poll each Friday, and pick up the weekend edition of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout Catawba County.

Baby, pet contest

January 12, 2012

Catawba County citizens, there's still time to share your cute babies and pets with your neighbors.

The O-N-E invites citizens to submit pictures for a special section Jan. 26 inside OUTLOOK.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are all invited to share photos of their new bundles of joy that arrived during the past year.

Meanwhile, The O-N-E invites pet owners to share photos of their pets.

"We hope parents and pet owners will email photos to us or visit our website and upload photos of babies and pets," said The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard.

Catawba offers aid

January 12, 2012

Catawba County aid and emergency workers are helping their Burke County neighbors who are homeless after tornadoes ripped through the Icard area Wednesday night.

Emergency officials estimate the severe weather affected more than 56 homes in Burke and Rutherford counties, including 18 homes that were completely destroyed and five that sustained major damages.

The National Weather Service's forecast office in Greer, S.C., said Thursday that investigators confirmed a tornado with winds of around 115 mph.

Public dental practice expanding

January 12, 2012

An additional 1,500 children will be served by an expansion of Catawba County's dental health practice, health officials say.

Construction crews began renovating Catawba County Public Health’s (CCPH) dental health practice this week, and it's a project leaders say will double square footage, update and add new equipment, and provide more adequate public and private areas.

The dental practice will remain open under current hours during the renovations. Construction is set to be completed within about 60 days, said Kelly Isenhour, CCPH assistant health director.

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