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December 8th

Lady Trojans improve to 5-0 with win over Raiders

December 9, 2011

Jesse Story, Chelsey Queen and Taylor Sigmon combined for 39 points, leading the Bandys girls basketball team (5-0) to a win against visiting North Iredell on Thursday.

Story scored 14 points and had five assists in the game. Queen netted 13 points and assisted four times on her own, while Taylor Sigmon ended Thursday's game one rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Bandys took an 18-3 lead in the first quarter, allowing them to get ahead and never look back in the contest.

Handguns in parks? Vote now!

December 8, 2011

People with permits will be allowed to carry concealed handguns without restrictions at Hickory city parks and recreational facilities following approval this week by Hickory City Council.

Should handguns be allowed in public parks and recreational facilities without restrictions?

Vote now in the latest poll on our home page at observernewsonline.com.

Students arrested in break-ins

December 8, 2011

Hickory police have arrested four Hickory High School students in relation to a string of break-ins and larcenies in northwest Catawba County.

Police say Meguel Robinson, 16; Anton Harris, 16; Tyheem Walton, 17; and Jamario McCombs, 17, are all connected to six car and home break-ins between November and this week.

Hickory Police Sgt. Porter said a member of the public called police after seeing three suspicious black males walking in the pouring rain on Tuesday.

CRIME ROUND-UP: Thefts reported countywide

December 8, 2011

The following incidents occurred this week in Catawba County:

Tuesday
Thieves pried into a Newton man’s pickup truck toolbox and stole a GPS, tools and N.C. Uniform Citation Book at 1927 Mt. Olive Church Road.

Tuesday
Suspects broke into the residence of Joseph Frances Blanchette, 64, of 350 Spencer Road in Conover, and stole a black 42-inch flat-screen TV valued at $550.

Tuesday

Friday, December 9, 2011

December 8, 2011

Alma Bernice Wagoner Leinbach, 90, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Leinbach family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

A century of selling hardware, values

December 8, 2011

The Piedmont Hardware ledger dates back to 1910.

During that year, the store sold a screwdriver in November for 25 cents.

In February 1911, someone purchased bull tongue for 15 cents. That same month, someone paid $4.50 for a plow.

Now, more than 100 years later, Piedmont Hardware is still serving the Maiden community in Catawba County. Like most everything else, the store’s business, ownership and even price range have changed over the years.

Current owner Samantha “Sam” Saunders said one thing hasn’t varied — the store’s values.

Flex plan

December 8, 2011

Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.

Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a “good cause” or “winter waiver” that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.

In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.

Washington lawmakers get the goldmine; the people get the shaft

December 8, 2011

Congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry today called on U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry to quit protecting his corrupt colleagues and immediately cosponsor legislation that would prohibit insider trading of securities by members and employees of Congress.

“It’s time for Mr. McHenry to end his silence on this important issue and to start doing the right thing for the people he represents,” said Fortenberry, the congressman’s Republican opponent in next May’s primary. “The politicians in Washington continue to get the gold mine while the people get the shaft.

Bearing manufacturer creates 231 jobs in Burke, Alexander

December 8, 2011

Gov. Bev Perdue announced Thursday that American Roller Bearing Industries Inc. (A.R.B.), a manufacturer of anti-friction bearings for industrial equipment, will expand its operations in Burke and Alexander counties.

A.R.B. expects to create 231 new jobs over the next five years and invest between $3 million and $5 million per year in land, buildings, machinery and equipment. The announcement was made possible in part by a state Job Development Investment Grant.

UPDATE: Motive still unknown in Va. Tech officer shooting

December 8, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech police officer who was shot dead at his parked cruiser was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. His death leaves investigators puzzling over how and why a gunman walked up to the patrol car during a traffic stop, killed the officer and wound up dead himself in a nearby parking lot.

The campus shooting prompted officials to lock down the university for hours Thursday while police and SWAT teams searched the school, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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