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December 15th

Newton's first full-time planner retires

December 15, 2011

Glenn Pattishall became Newton's first full-time planning director when he joined the city staff in 1983.

"I had tremendous opportunities here," he said. "I got to define the job. I got to establish the department and then try to get it integrated into everything else the city had going on."

Now after more than 28 years of work, the department is an established part of Newton government, and so is Pattishall, the city's planning director and assistant manager. According to Newton Mayor Anne Stedman, he is a "consummate professional."

Cops collect toys for needy

December 15, 2011

Conover Police’s Santa Cops program will help provide toys to more than 100 children this Christmas.

The Santa Cops program, initiated by a Conover police officer in 2008, gives toys donated by area residents and companies to children and families in need. Area school systems and Catawba County Social Services identify children and families that need assistance.

“The need is just so great,” said Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer.

“With the economic times and the unemployment rate in the county, the need is genuine. This is a way we can give back."

Catawba County crime reports

December 15, 2011

A Chihuahua was shot with a BB gun in Claremont, and thieves took a four-wheeler in Conover, among other crimes reported this week by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Dec. 13

Suspects stole an aluminum dock board and fork life squeeze plate from a loading dock at the Carter Factory Closeout Inc. at 2023 Wagon Lane NE in Conover. The items are valued at a combined total of about $1,000.


Dec. 13


Man robs convenience store

December 15, 2011

A man robbed a Hickory convenience store Wednesday night on Fairgrove Church Road.

Authorities are still looking for the robber that got away after stealing a handful of money and threatening a store clerk with what appeared to be a gun.

Police say the white man entered the Fast Track Shell on Fairgrove Church Road around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night and went to the bathroom. As he exited the store, he approached the store clerk, asked for money and raised an object in his coat pocket that appeared to be a gun, according to a police report.

Images in ‘Conover' enlighten, entertain

December 15, 2011

Lifelong Conover resident Don Barker spent many years behind a camera as a photographer for The Observer News Enterprise. Photography was also his hobby, along with history — especially area history.

In 2007, Barker wrote “For the Love of the Game,” which reports the history of the Newton-Conover Twins baseball team.

Barker’s “Big Time for a Dime” delivers a history of movie theaters in the Catawba Valley.

Barker’s recently released book “Conover” is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular “Images of America” series.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 15

December 15, 2011

Catawba County is getting its first roundabout outside Newton-Conover City Schools’ new middle school. Find out why and how to navigate the new traffic circle only in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.

Closure of Conover’s USPS mail processing facility has been put on hold - for now. The O-N-E reports this morning that the plant won’t close until May more details in the print editions and online, www.observernewsonline.com.

December 14th

Maiden’s Crawford selected to Hall of Fame

December 14, 2011

A former Maiden athlete was selected Wednesday to be a part of the Davidson College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ryan Crawford, who played for the Wildcats from 1998-2001, joins a list of five names being inducted into the Wildcats’ Hall of Fame on Feb. 4.
Crawford, along with swimmer Mary Shell Brosche, tennis coach Jeff Frank, track star Philip Koonce and baseball player Alan Lewis, will make up the 23rd induction class at Davidson.

A four-year letterman with the Wildcats, Crawford earned first-team Associated Press honors his senior year.

N-C, Bandys take 2nd, 3rd in Valdese meet

December 14, 2011

GIRLS

Team Scores
1. East Burke; 2. Newton-Conover; 3. Bandys

Individual Event Results
Girls 200 Medley Relay: 1. N-C 2:19.72; 2. EB 2:22.9; 3. BHS 2:30.21
Girls 200 Free: 1. Michaela Beatty BHS, 2:10.44; 2. Kelley Cansler N-C, 2:43.87; 3. Tori Brown BHS, 2:49.57
Girls 200 IM: 1. Abigail LeQuire N-C, 2:36.57; 2. Nikki Whisnant BHS, 3:06.65; 3. Anna Tinkelenberg N-C, 3:18.07
Girls 50 Free: 1. Rachael Picciano EB, 27.60; 2. Bethany Kassuba EB, 32.41; 3. Madison Self N-C, 34.03

Bobcats sign F Melvin Ely for depth in the post

December 14, 2011

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Bobcats signed power forward/center Melvin Ely to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Wednesday giving them a veteran presence in the middle.

The move comes one day after they lost free agent center Kwame Brown to the Warriors.

An eight-year NBA veteran, Ely has played in 373 games for the Clippers, Bobcats, Spurs, Hornets and Nuggets. He holds career averages of 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting .460 from the field. Last season, Ely averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes in 30 games played for the Nuggets.

Postal plant closures delayed

December 14, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will delay closing its Hickory and Conover mail processing centers until May, the agency announced Tuesday.

In response to requests made by multiple U.S. senators, USPS has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012.

In a statement, the agency said it will hold off on closings to give Congress more time to pass what it called “comprehensive legislation” that will help the agency avoid bankruptcy.

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