January 4th, 2012
The city of Claremont is again seeking funding to renovate Francis Sigman Park.
The park, located off Keisler Dairy Road near downtown, currently houses two baseball fields, football goalposts and other land leased by the Claremont Optimist Club.
For the second time, the city is seeking grant funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to help pay for planned improvements, which include a new softball field, greenway and parking lots, according to information provided by the city.
A pet food manufacturer plans to bring 150 new jobs to the region in the next two years.
Carolina Prime Pets, which manufactures premium pet food products, plans to relocate to Lenoir this year.
The Caldwell County Economic Development Commission (CCEDC) expects Friday to announce the plans.
Carolina Prime Pets currently operates in Murphy and plans to relocate to the former NACCO Industries building on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir.
Your property taxes are due Thursday.
If you donâ€™t pay, the taxes will become delinquent, and interest will be added to them, said Mark Logan, Catawba County tax administrator.
North Carolina law requires that interest be added at the rate of 2 percent for January, and three-fourths of 1 percent for each following month, on all tax bills unpaid after 5 p.m. Thursday.Â
Citizens can pay their bills in several ways, including submitting payments in a depository to the right of the main entrance of the Catawba County Government Center.
â€¨Adam Bakerâ€™s attorney says his client could be home in Australia as early as next week.
â€¨Baker, the father of the 10-year-old, Zahra, who was brutally murdered in 2010, will most likely consent to a plea deal Thursday for charges against him in Catawba and Caldwell counties.
Charlie Sybrantâ€™s family and friends continue life without her after an underage drunk driver hit and killed the young woman more than two years ago.
The man responsible for her death begged her family for forgiveness on the day he was sentenced to 55 months in prison.
Complete details in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E.
The O-N-E was first to report Newtonâ€™s decision to keep open its pool another summer on Twitter @TheONENews. Complete details from Tuesday night's pool discussion featured in The O-N-Eâ€™s print and online editions.
After watching rival Hickory sweep the first-ever all-county swim meet last year, St. Stephens made the best of its second chance.
The Indians, who were girls runners-up and third in boys competition last year, took both titles at the second Catawba County swimming championships Tuesday at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.
The performance came as a surprise to their coach.
â€śWe didnâ€™t think we had won the girls, and we didnâ€™t think we had a shot with the boys title at all,â€ť said Indians coach LeeAnn Privett. â€śThey just swam really well. We werenâ€™t expecting this.â€ť
Bandys 56, West Caldwell 49
Madi Story scored 24 points and Taylor Sigmon added 15 points, leading the Lady Trojans (12-0, 3-0) to their 12th straight win to start this season.
Brittany Dixon scored 23 points for West Caldwell (4-5, 2-1), while Molly Steptoe added 12 points.
Draughn 67, Bunker Hill 42
Margaret Connor and Wilbelis Rojas each poured in 12 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Bears win on Tuesday.
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney's offseason workload should be significantly less stressful than a year ago when it comes to re-signing free agents.
With 57 players either under contract or set to be tendered â€” including 20 of 22 projected starters â€” the Panthers are in pretty good shape personnel-wise as they look toward a promising future behind quarterback Cam Newton.
They don't have nearly as many unanswered questions as a year ago.
Newton will open its swimming pool in summer 2012 at a cost of more than $85,250 for one season.
"It is a quality of life issue," said Newton City Council member Mary Bess Lawing. "I think the pool should be open because it meets a certain need for certain people in the area. Everybody does not have the opportunity to go to a private pool. Everybody does not have a pool in their backyard. Ours is a diversified need. We meet a need if we open that pool."
However, other Newton City Council members argue that the city could meet a greater recreation need elsewhere.
This photo of June Pittman and her cat, Sox, is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Sox went missing several weeks ago in Conover, and Pittman's neighbor Jean Connor found the cat in her attic. For more of the story, visit http://observernewsonline.com/content/conover-cat-trap
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