February 1st, 2012
Claremont is moving full steam ahead.
Over the past several years, things have changed in Claremont. After seeing plants and jobs leave the area like the rest of Catawba County, the city has eyed recent successes that it wants to continue in the future.
New businesses like the Claremont Florist, Oâ€™Cup restaurant and Claremont Hardware and Supply, have filled formerly vacant storefronts, and the city's business park is busy with new partners.
New WiFi access downtown and planned updates to existing parks have also connected the community.
Catawba County health officials are still investigating an illness outbreak at a Conover restaurant.
If you ate at Harbor Inn Seafood Jan. 13-22, the countyâ€™s public health department wants to hear from you, whether you were sick or not.
More details in the Wednesday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise.
The Corner Table soup kitchen in Newton is marking 10 years of serving hot meals to the communityâ€™s residents.
In a battle that decided the second-place finisher in the Catawba Valley 2A wrestling standings, Bandys got the best of Maiden.
Ahead 22-19, the Trojans (17-11, 7-1) rattled off 21 consecutive points to earn a runner-up finish in the conference and a spot in the 2A playoffs.
"I had a feeling they would bump up their guys on weight," said Bandys coach Sean McIntosh. "They've been doing it all year, especially their 152-, 160- and 170-pound guys. I just chose to wrestle them heads-up. It panned out for us."
The Newton-Conover wrestling team honored its four seniors the best way it could Tuesday â€” winning.
The Red Devils (38-2) locked up another Catawba Valley 2A wrestling title, defeating Bunker Hill, 68-3.
Before the match, the four senior Red Devils â€” Ian Canrobert, Tyler Benfield, Addison Klutz and Eric Holbrook â€” were honored in front of a packed crowd.
The quartet ended the night successfully, each earning a mat victory.
Included in the win for Newton-Conover were eight pins, two decisions and two major decisions.
Newton-Conover 68, Bunker Hill 3
Maiden picked up its third win in conference play Tuesday with a 69-43 victory against Bandys at home.
Jason Gantt led all scorers with 27 points for the Blue Devils (7-12, 3-8), while Jalen Gibbs pitched in 18 points.
Hayden Deal scored a team-high eight points for Bandys (1-19, 0-11), while Hunter McCall pitched in seven points.
Newton-Conover 47, Bunker Hill 42
Behind 10 points from Joshuwell McCombs and nine points from Shane Laws, the Red Devils picked up a road conference victory against the Bears in Claremont on Tuesday.
This photo of therapy patient Bobby Lail and physical therapist Matt O'Neill is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
O'Neill helped Lail with the use of a bionic leg, a piece of technology that Catawba Valley Medical Center's Rehabilitation Center is using to help stroke victims regain confidence in their lower limbs.
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Ellen Christine Cauthen Isaac, 70, of Highland Bluff Court, Lincolnton, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Isaac family.
As Debbie Leatherman started speaking Tuesday, a vast collection of impoverished, homeless and hungry people starting â€śshushingâ€ť a murmuring crowd. They wanted to hear her speak.
To the comforting aroma of vegetables and soup, buttery toast and cheese, Leatherman addressed the large crowd and did what she does every day â€” mother the needy.
â€śDo we have anyone whose birthday it is today?â€ť asked Leatherman, who manages The Corner Table in Newton.
More than 100 heads twisted around the room until a hand rose from the crowd, and the face of an elderly black woman appeared.
If you ate at Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant Jan. 13-22, local health officials may want to talk to you â€” sick or not.
Catawba County Public Health (CCPH) plans to study why some patrons of the Conover restaurant became sick and some did not after dining during that time period.
Randomly selected patrons will be interviewed about their dining experience, including what they ate at the restaurant.
Currently, CCPH has documented 133 reports of people who became ill after eating at Harbor Inn during those 10 days. The most recent illness report was documented Tuesday.
A 4-month-old puppy was euthanized after it was bitten by a rabid skunk in northeastern Catawba County during the weekend.
The rabies case is the county's second of 2012.
A homeowner on Oxford School Road recovered the skunk and submitted it to the State Health lab in Raleigh for testing.
The lab notified Catawba County on Tuesday that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
The puppy, which had not received a rabies vaccination, was euthanized.
No humans were exposed to the skunk.