March 15th, 2012
Catawba County Schools will employ a new superintendent in the next several months. What trait would you most like the new administrative leader to possess?
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The CCS Board of Education met this week to review and discuss the results of a community survey that solicited input about the system's next superintendent.
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The small sandwich shop on a busy corner in downtown Hickory opened inauspiciously two weeks ago. The lights went on and the door was unlocked, and Hatch Sandwich Bar opened without fanfare ... yet.
For owners Zach Harkins and Colin Makin, Hatch is their first venture as owners of a restaurant, but itâ€™s a dream both have had for years.
Harkins attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University. He graduated from ASU in 2011 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in communications.
Makin, originally from Boonsboro, Md., graduated from ASU in 2008 with degrees in philosophy and religion.
Joyce Brown Carpenter, 76, of Vale, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Abernathy Laurels in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Carpenter family.
Thomas Kenny Edwards, 60, of Conover, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at his residence. The Edwards family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
After a gloomy economic climate has prevailed in the Hickory Metro during the past several years, glimmers of hope are emerging in the region's outlook.
"How do you get ranked eighth worst metro in America to find a job," Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President Danny Hearn said of a recent list published by U.S. News and World Report, "and we wake up this morning and we are ranked the ninth best metro in America for economic development announcements."
A Hickory man will spend at least 15 years in prison for the 2009 bludgeoning murder of a 70-year-old man at an assisted living center.
On Thursday, Dennis Edward Scherzer pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Roland Simmons at Hickory's Walden Assisted Living Center.
The murder occurred in July 2009, when Hickory Police Department investigators found Simmons unconscious with severe head trauma.
Hickory police said Scherzer, another Walden House resident, beat Simmons in the head with a steel pipe.
A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a local church, several vehicles and leading police on a foot chase.
Police say a citizen called police about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after seeing a suspicious man checking for unlocked car doors near 11th Street and North Gaither Avenue in Newton.
When police arrived moments later, the suspect fled. Newton Police Chief Don Brown said a chase ended when the suspect fell down a large drainage ditch, injuring himself.
After being ranked as one of the worst places to find a job two months ago, the Greater Hickory area has notched another top 10 ranking.
This time, itâ€™s good news.
The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the nation for economic development in a recent report in Site Selection magazine.
The region ranked as the No. 9 performing metro area in the nation in announced economic development projects in the category of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 1 million people, according to the report.
More than 800 citizens shared their preferences for the next Catawba County Schools (CCS) superintendent, and the surveys reveal that the public and school personnel want a strong communicator with financial skills and administrative experience.
The CCS Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the results of a survey of what characteristics community members would like the next school superintendent to possess.
Read more about the survey results in Thursday's O-N-E.
After scoring no runs on a bases loaded situation in the first inning, the St. Stephens baseball team made sure it didnâ€™t make the same mistake twice.
Nine of the Indiansâ€™ 12 runs in their game with Newton-Conover came in the third inning.
The entire Saint line-up scored a run in that inning, which paced the team to a 12-4 non-conference win over the Red Devils in Newton on Wednesday.
Fred T. Foard improved to 6-1-1 with a 5-0 non-conference soccer shutout against East Burke on Wednesday.
Ashley Jolly scored two goals for the Lady Tigers, while Angelo Lo, Carmen Winstead and Adele Jarrett each pocketed a goal each. Taylor Rios assisted on one of Foard's goals.
Hannah Skeen picked up the shut out in goal, stopping two shots on goal by the Lady Cavaliers (0-4).
Bandys 1, East Lincoln 1
The Lady Trojans played to a stalemate with the Lady Mustangs on Wednesday in a non-conference game.