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November 17th, 2011

Cops find stolen furniture in Mayfield's home

November 17, 2011

Police recovered more stolen property at Jeremy Mayfield’s home this week, but no further charges have been filed against him.

Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was indicted last week on charges of possession of methamphetamine after police served a search warrant at his home in Catawba on Nov. 1. In addition to finding 1.5 ounces of meth in the search, authorities also recovered more than $100,000 in equipment stolen from Lincoln and Iredell counties.

Tour highlights county poverty

November 17, 2011

Connie Clark held back tears Thursday.

She had just visited impoverished elementary school students and a soup kitchen full of poor and homeless adults.

In people of all ages, she saw desperate needs.

Clark and more than 100 other Catawba County residents observed poverty's effect on their neighbors Thursday, and they discussed opportunities to help the needy.

Ethics panel may probe Hilton, LaRoque loans

November 17, 2011

RALEIGH — A leading state House Democrat wants a Republican lawmaker investigated by his colleagues about two economic development nonprofit groups that he operates and were scrutinized by an outside advocacy group this year.

Now the House's leader says he'll ask an ethics panel to review situation to determine if an investigation is needed after N.C. Rep. Stephen Laroque provided loans for two state lawmakers including Catawba County's N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Nov. 17

November 17, 2011

The O-N-E continues its examination of homelessness in Catawba County as area organizations observe Hunger and Homelessness Week.

On a rainy day that would have been Zahra Baker’s 12 birthday, Kiwanis Clubs in the region broke ground on a memorial playground in Hickory.

In Newton, city leaders want to ease rules for civic clubs promoting events with temporary signs placed in public rights of way. Businesses, too, could benefit from new sign rules.

Don’t miss OUTLOOK’s feature spotlight on performances of "The Nutcracker Suite" at Newton-Conover Auditorium.

November 16th

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

November 16, 2011

This photo of Paul Gaither, of Claremont, is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

Gaither and many other veterans participated in a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the veterans memorial at Claremont City Park. Gaither said he and his son have helped erect the honor walls at the memorial.

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Homeless discuss realities

November 16, 2011

Some of the area’s homeless residents agree that immediate aid resources are plentiful in the county. They say, however, that there is a long line of underlying barriers that require hurdling on the path to help.

The area’s homeless and homed residents talked reality on Tuesday in Hickory during a forum that was part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. They discussed truths, myths, barriers and needs that revolve around homelessness and the quest to getting “back on their feet.”

Zahra's ground

November 16, 2011

A day that would have been Zahra Baker’s 12th birthday was mostly filled with persistent rain and mud.

Nearing 10 a.m. Wednesday, however, steady droplets turned to a drizzle, then a mist, until the downpour finally ceased.

Hickory officials, local law enforcement members and project donors stood with umbrellas and raincoats as soppy soil was turned at the site of the future Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground.

CVMC meets growing need for wound care

November 16, 2011

Catawba Valley Medical Center unveiled its new Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics this week.

The center, which opened this month, will provide nearby wound care for patients in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke and Alexander counties.

"Chronic wound patients are often the elderly, who are susceptible to vascular disease, diabetes and pressure ulcers," CVMC officials said in a press release.

The new center will meet a growing need for wound care in the Unifour area, officials said.

Newton votes in favor of easing sign rules

November 16, 2011

If a Newton business is holding a weekend sale, it can advertise, but not with temporary signs posted along roadsides in the area.

Current Newton City Code prohibits it.

Likewise, if Newton Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a pancake breakfast, the club is violating city ordinances when it places temporary signs on public rights-of-way throughout the city's downtown.

"That sounds restrictive to our businesses," said Newton Council member Robert Abernethy Jr.

Schools to honor supporters

November 16, 2011

Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) honors the system's outstanding student athletes through its Hall of Fame.

Now, the system plans to create a similar annual award for those who impact schools through substantial time contributions and monetary donations.

NCCS will present its first "Red Blazer Award" in the spring. The board of education reviewed award plans this week.

"The focus is on anything that went toward the betterment of the school system," said Dr. David Stegall, the system's associate superintendent.

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