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November 11th, 2011
Thank you veterans.
The Observer-News-Enterprise is proud to salute the men and women who served in our nationâs military, and the Veterans Day newspaper features the next in a series of o-N-E stories focused on the military members who fought for our freedom.
Pick up a copy of The O-N-E on Friday, or visit www.observernewsonline.com to read the story of Billy Hokeâs service during World War II. Also inside The O-N-E, readers find a Veterans salute from Coast Guard veteran Robert Morrison.
The holiday shopping season is here, and The Observer News Enterprise is rewarding area residents who support their hometown businesses.
As part of The O-N-E's Hometown Christmas program, Catawba County's community newspaper announced the first two $100 winners in the annual shop-local promotion.
Police are looking for suspects who stole more than $5,000 in equipment from a storage shed at Wilsonâs Airport on Tuesday.
According to the Catawba County Sheriffâs Office, unknown suspects stole motors, engines, wheels and other equipment from the Wilsonâs Airport at 5284 Pittstown Road in Hickory.
Authorities say the items were probably stolen overnight and are still investigating. The items belonged to Claude Farris Wilson, 81, of Hickory.
Some of the items include:
* $1,000 â 60 horse power electric motor
* $500 â starter engine for a crawler tractor
During his lifetime, public servant P.J. Stanley touched the lives of many Claremont and Catawba County residents.
The governor of North Carolina honored that service this week.
The office of Gov. Bev Perdue issued Stanleyâs family the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award during a ceremony at Claremont Police Department.
It is the highest award that the governor can issue a citizen of the state.
Billy Hoke worked at Warlong Glove in April 1943.
In the two years that followed, the teenage Hoke left his hometown of Conover to visit several U.S. states and walk all over Europe.
Along the way he dodged German torpedoes, avoided enemy gunfire and lost part of his left leg after stepping on a snow-covered ground explosive. He did it all as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during World War II.
âI was in the 109th infantry, 28th division,â Hoke said this week during an interview with The O-N-E about his military service. âI walked everywhere I went.
A new state law intending to punish criminals who run from police may also place an extra burden on counties.
Lawmakers approved N.C. House Bill 427 this summer. The âRun and Youâre Doneâ law, which goes into effect Dec. 1, forces police to seize any vehicle involved in a felonious speeding-to-elude-arrest incident.
According to the law, those vehicles are then handed over to sheriffs â placing more cars, paperwork and up-front costs on county resources that are already slim.
The Observer News Enterprise proudly salutes our veterans, including World War II veteran John Caldwell of Newton. Read his account of the Omaha Beach in the Thursday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise. Also be sure to see the calendar events slated for Veteranâs Day observances in the county.
Three days after being indicted on charges of extortion and obstruction of justice, Shawn Clark maintains his innocence.
The Catawba County lawyer and former district attorney candidate turned himself in on Wednesday in Newton. He was released after posting a $50,000 secured bond and will appear in court Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. in Newton.
He said he intends to face the charges head on.
âI think the charges are absolutely ridiculous,â Clark said Wednesday afternoon. âIâm not going to hide from the charges. I feel very confident I am going to defend myself against them.â
A Newton-Conover High School physics class is building a soapbox derby car for the Nov. 19 Western North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Race in Lenoir.
Senior Shivam Desai â pictured here in a Nov. 3 story by The O-N-E â will drive the car for the NCHS team.
Teams from St. Stephens High School, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Hickory High School, Northview Middle School and Newton-Conover Middle School will also compete in the race, which is sponsored by Google and Appalachian State University.
John Caldwell stepped off a ship and onto Omaha Beach in France in June 1944.
He wore a field pack on his back, wielded a rifle and carried a radio.
The water was waist-deep.
âAnd Germans were on top of the hills with machine guns, mowing us down fast as we got off,â Caldwell said. âYou had to be alert. Itâs unbelievable, you know, that Iâm still here.â
Caldwell recently talked with The Observer News Enterprise about that day and his military service.