April 6th, 2012
Conover business owners have mixed concerns about a new tax system that will increase costs for many retail establishments in the city.
Those concerns include worries about how the increased costs will burden small retail businesses, cause those businesses to pass on costs to customers, force some to close their doors and discourage others from locating in the city.
A scholarship is being established in the name of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl who was murdered and dismembered in 2010.
The Kiwanis Clubs of Catawba County are planning to use money left over from a playground honoring Zahra Baker to fund a scholarship in her name.
The scholarship will be available to disabled area high school seniors who choose to pursue college education.
The N.C. Department of TransportationÂ awarded $6.2 million this week for the replacement of six bridges in the region, including two in Catawba County.
A design and construction contract was awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Company Inc. of Statesville. Work can begin as early as April 30 and be completed by Nov. 1, 2014.
Claremontâ€™s Ray Ball sometimes spends up to 60 hours a week working for Claremont Fire Department, but he never gets a paycheck. Read more about the military veteran and dedicated volunteer's service to his hometown in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
The following residents were convicted of felony offenses and sentenced this week in Criminal Superior Court.
* Jody Lee Forbes, 30, of Hickory, was convicted of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, felony possess firearm by convicted felon and misdemeanor larceny and was sentenced to 19-23 months in the Department of Correction.
After he retired from competing in kickboxing and karate, Roosevelt Moss decided to give back the best way he could â€” teaching young people the sports he loves.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team moved back into the national rankings this week. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 23 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Div. II top 25 Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 37-10 on the season, and has won 15 of its last 16 games including eight straight contests.
The kickoff to the 20th season of Hickory Crawdads baseball was delayed on Thursday due to weather.
The 'Dads were scheduled to play at Kannapolis, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday with back-to-back seven-inning games starting at 6:05 p.m.
Longtime Newton-Conover High School head football coach Nick Bazzle accepted a job this week as Alexander Central's football coach.
Bazzle's successor at Newton-Conover will be the fourth head football coach in a new position when the prep season kicks off this fall.
James "Buddy" King will coach his first season at Maiden as he succeeds Brian Brown.
Joe T. Whitener, 91, of Conover, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A graveside service with military rites will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Conover City Cemetery, with the Rev. Lester O. Roof officiating.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.