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October 28th, 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 clientâ€™s hair and curled it a bit. She made a few adjustments, stepped backward and scratched her eyes doused in black mascara.
â€śYouâ€™re done,â€ť she said.
The client inspected Cashâ€™s work with an outstretched mirror. It looked good.
The Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office is investigating three recent larcenies at education facilities throughout the county.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said each theft, break-in or larceny was a separate incident and they are still under investigation.
Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to call the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office at 828-464-5241.
Banoak School break-in
Police say unknown suspects broke into several trailers at Banoak Elementary School on Wednesday night and stole computers and stereo equipment.
An American Red Cross blood drive Thursday honored a longtime Catawba County public servant.
James Stanley was one of the first to roll up his sleeve at the drive in memory of his father, James â€śPJâ€ť Stanley, a Red Cross volunteer, Claremont council member, police officer and rescue worker.
PJ Stanley died Sept. 22.
The drive, held Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory, collected 30 units of blood. Each lifesaving unit stood for what PJ Stanley spent his life doing â€” helping others.
Drivers can expect to see a strong law enforcement presence on Catawba County roadways from now through Halloween on Monday.
Officers begins the annual "Booze It & Lose It" Halloween campaign Friday night in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road.
In 2010, North Carolina tallied more than 139 alcohol-related crashes during the Halloween campaign â€” including four fatalities and 123 injuries. More than 2,300 officers also charged more than 700 North Carolina drivers with driving while impaired.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis will interact with Catawba County residents Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Hickory.
Tillis will visit the auditorium at Catawba Valley Community College at 5 p.m.
"The speaker will get up and talk for about five minutes about what was accomplished in the last legislative session, likely about jobs and the economy," said Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for the Tillis office. "Then he'll open it up for questions. You ask what you want to talk about, and we'll talk about what you ask."
Assistant Register of Deeds Rita Beaver was named the Catawba County employee of the year this week.
Seven county employees were nominated, and Beaver was recognized with the award Tuesday night at the county's annual awards night at Catawba Valley Community College.
Beaver is a 35-year veteran of the deeds office. According to a release from the county, she receives praise from coworkers for excellent service, for being a patient instructor and for preserving the county's history.
The Friday print edition of The O-N-E is on the streets and on the way to homes, while the online edition is available to readers worldwide.
The O-N-E's Friday coverage includes:
â€˘Â Complete information on a hoax at Jacobs Fork Middle School that sparked the lock-down of two Catawba County Schools.
â€˘Â Details on dozens of weekend events with a Halloween flavors, as well as safety tips for trick-or-treaters â€“Â and their parents.
â€˘Â Bandys volleyball breaks a "curse" and advances in the state volleyball playoffs.
Towns, libraries, churches and other organizations are set to offer Halloween and fall-themed treats throughout the holiday weekend. Below are some of the many events in Catawba County that offer costumes, games, music, candy and more.
n Downtown Newton will play host to the annual "Spooktacular" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square. The event will include costume contests and a trunk-or-treat.
n Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 3-7 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.
Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.
The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.
Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Area law enforcement officers warn parents about the continued danger of trick-or-treating traffic accidents this Halloween season.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night â€” an alarming figure that police say can be avoided through safety measures.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said familiar and low-traffic neighborhoods are the safest routes to travel for trick-or-treating.