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November 2nd, 2011

BREAKING: Mayfield busted again

November 2, 2011

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is in trouble — again.

Mayfield was arrested on methamphetamine possession charges Tuesday afternoon at his home in Catawba.

Catawba County sheriff's deputies found about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine inside Mayfield's residence at 6397 Hudson Chapel Road around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies were serving a search warrant for suspected stolen property when they found the drugs in an undisclosed room in Mayfield's home.

Officers also seized a "large amount of stolen goods" from buildings and trailers.

The O-N-E morning read: Wednesday, Nov. 2

November 2, 2011

Newton-Conover's volleyball team is bound for the North Carolina 2A State Championship game!

Catawba County residents shared their views with North Carolina's house speaker on Tuesday and school board candidates are sharing their ideas for Newton-Conover City Schools.

Details from these stories and more is available for readers of The Observer News Enterprise's Wednesday print and online editions.

November 1st

N.C. house speaker visits county

November 1, 2011

Catawba County-area residents met State House Speaker Thom Tillis on Tuesday with questions and concerns about the state budget adopted this summer.

Multiple residents voiced concerns about large cuts to education that the state approved in June. Cliff Moone, the 10th District Democratic Party chairman, called the cuts “reckless and short-sided” on Tuesday and referenced the nearly 1,800 teaching and teaching assistant jobs that have been eliminated since June across the state.

Head-warming work

November 1, 2011

Yarn, in its simplest form, is a rudimentary slew of twisted fiber.

Straighten out and sew those fibers together, however, and twine becomes strand. That thread is then stitched, crocheted and bound into a variety of items, including paper, rags, canvas — even clothes.

A Conover sewing group has embraced this concept and is taking it to the next level. The group proves that sometimes something as simple as sewn string can mean the world to someone in need.

School board hopefuls vie for votes

November 1, 2011

Voters in the Newton-Conover City Schools district will choose three Board of Education members in this year's election.

Current Chairman Scott Loudermelt and board member Mark Murphy face challenger Jeanne Jarrett in the race for two seats representing Conover. Current board member Jim Stockner faces no opposition for the Newton seat.

Last month, all four board candidates said funding and achievement are the major issues the school system faces heading into the next term.

CRIME: Arrests and incidents

November 1, 2011

The following are arrests and incidents reported in Catawba County.

Arrests

10-28
Suspect: Tara Sheree Smith, 36, of 26 26th St. NW in Hickory
Charges: breaking and entering, assault and battery, damage to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.

10-26
Suspect: Keith Lee Clontz, 27, of 1546 N.C. 16 South in Newton
Charges: Manufacturing marijuana

10-26
Suspect: Tyun Jermaine Tipps, 35, of 4247 Rhoney School Road in Hickory  
Charges: Possesion with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, maintain place for controlled substance.

ELECTION: Newton mayor hopefuls discuss qualifications

November 1, 2011

Newton's current mayor pro-tem and a business entrepreneur face off to become the city's next mayor.

Voters will choose either Anne Stedman, the mayor pro-tem and owner of the Trot House Inn, or Wes Weaver, the entrepreneur, retiree and Newton Merchants Association president.

Both candidates say job growth is essential to the city's future. Read more about Stedman and Weaver on page 2.

The O-N-E morning read: Tuesday, Nov. 1

November 1, 2011

The first day of November brings a new edition of The O-N-E filled with election news, details on the latest Zahra Baker memorial and news of a box-cutter stabbing.

• CRIME: An argument ends in a stabbing in Hickory and highway thieves are stealing construction equipment from an I-40 project.

• ELECTION 2011: Candidates for mayor in Newton offer their ideas.

• Law enforcement officers place a brick in memory of Zahra Baker in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 26 memorial.

• Catawba County leaders discuss budget issues.

October 31st

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

October 31, 2011

Newton's Mark Hanel makes Halloween decorations for his yard in Newton. He constructs frightening mannequins, including the zombie Demona, by hand for his annual display.

Check back each week as The Observer News Enterprise selects photos of the week from images captured in Catawba County in previous days.

County to discuss issues tied to state budget

October 31, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss legislative opportunities, challenges and consequences of the state’s budget.

Commissioners will meet with members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Advocacy Team (NCACC) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Catawba Valley Community College’s Sipe Boardroom.

County officials say commissioners normally discuss legislative agendas for the N.C. General Assembly and U.S. Congress, and Thursday’s meeting will highlight current issues facing the state.

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