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October 31, 2011

Since Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2010, groups across the state have held events, memorials and remembrance ceremonies for the late 10-year-old girl.

Organizations like the Kiwanis Club have raised thousands of dollars for a Zahra Baker memorial playground. Groups like the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Agency have held remembrance ceremonies to remember Zahra and all other child homicide victims.

On Sunday, area authorities used a brick to remember the little girl.

BREAKING STATE NEWS: N.C. Sen. Jim Forrester dies at 74

October 31, 2011

RALEIGH — North Carolina state Sen. Jim Forrester, a physician and social conservative who secured a legislative victory just weeks ago with a constitutional referendum next spring on whether to ban gay marriage, died Monday after a brief hospitalization, according to his daughter. He was 74.

Conover man charged in stabbing

October 31, 2011

A Conover man is in jail after authorities say he tried to kill a man with a box cutter early Saturday morning.

Authorities say one man stabbed another in the neck when an argument between the men escalated after midnight Saturday near the 2800 block of 12th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.

Hickory police say Andre Douglas Little, 42, of Conover, was arguing with an acquaintance at about 12:16 a.m. Saturday at the Ridgecrest Apartments when he stabbed the man in the neck.

CRIME NEWS: Claremont woman caught in theft

October 31, 2011

A fellow customer caught a Claremont woman stealing basic hygiene and consumer items at the local Dollar General store on Friday night.

Authorities say Jamie Sartin, 34, of 4243 Jennifer Lane in Claremont, was shopping at the Dollar General on Centennial Boulevard at about 8:50 p.m. Friday when a customer saw her trying to steal several items.

The customer alerted store officials, who found Sartin trying to steal deodorant, toothpaste, oil candles and several other items from the store.

Claremont Police were called and cops charged Sartin with concealment of goods.

October 30th

Things to do this week

October 30, 2011

From the plates to the polls, from the schools to the sky and everywhere in between, the following list provides a sampling of events happening this week in Catawba County. For more, check back throughout the week at observernewsonline.com, and pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at news stands each day.

Monday
Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

Monday

October 29th

Inside The O-N-E: Weekender

October 29, 2011

The weekend is here and so is The Observer News Enterprise weekend edition.

Readers picking up the The O-N-E print edition will find unique content, while online visitors to observernewsonline.com will also get feature stories they won't find elsewhere.

The O-N-E weekend edition includes:

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Cline leads N-C to Senior Night victory

October 29, 2011

Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.

Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.

Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.

It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.

October 28th

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Maiden wins to finish second

October 29, 2011

Maiden 31, Draughn 7


Maiden the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference runner-up spot with an impressive victory over Draughn, 31-7.

Will Jenkins led the Blue Devils with 214 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns. On defense he collected an interception. Quarterback Matt Johnson rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.

Draughn got on the board first when quarterback Keith Loomis connected with Alex McGee for a 25-yard touchdown.

Maiden trailed for 10 seconds.

On the ensuing kick-off Jose Campos raced 99 yards for a touchdown.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: St. Stephens earns crucial fourth win

October 28, 2011

St. Stephens 25, Watauga 22
A Jon Sweet touchdown put the Indians ahead for good in a 25-22 senior night win. With the victory, St. Stephens becomes playoff eligible with four wins on the season.

Matt Williams tossed two touchdown passes for the Indians, who finish 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Northwestern Conference.

Sweet finished with two touchdowns on the night.

Stylish support

October 28, 2011

On Friday, Megan Cash was a zombie hair stylist.

It was 11:30 a.m., and she had already been working a while. Her face tattered with fake gashes of flesh and blood, she carefully lifted up a strand of a client’s hair and curled it a bit. She made a few adjustments, stepped backward and scratched her eyes doused in black mascara.

“You’re done,” she said.

The client inspected Cash’s work with an outstretched mirror. It looked good.

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