November 2nd, 2011
Seven candidates hope to secure a seat on the Maiden Town Council in this year's election.
Only three men will be successful in that quest.
Incumbents David Boldon, Max Bumgarner Jr. and Howard Ervin are running for re-election.
They are joined by challengers George McClellan, who served four years ago on the council; Mike Moore, who served on the council from 2007-2009; William (Bill) Cashion, who is running for the first time; and Wayne McKinney.
Only Boldon, Bumgarner and Moore responded to an election survey from The O-N-E. Read more about those candidates on page 2.
Arthur “Art” Eugene Barnes, 92, of Newton, formerly of New York, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Condolences may be sent to the Barnes family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.
Nola May Fox Deal, 84, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton after a brief battle with cancer. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Deal family.
Later this month, Shivam Desai will coast 800 feet through downtown Lenoir while lying on his stomach in a wooden and metal car propelled by compressed air in a propane tank.
His physics teacher and his classmates will cheer him through the whole ride.
Desai and his honors physics classmates at Newton-Conover High School comprise one of at least six teams from Catawba County schools that will participate in the first Western North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Race.
"I want to be an engineer," said Desai, a senior. "So I was all game for this."
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is in trouble â€” again.
Mayfield was arrested on methamphetamine possession charges Tuesday afternoon at his home in Catawba.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies found about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine inside Mayfield's residence at 6397 Hudson Chapel Road around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputies were serving a search warrant for suspected stolen property when they found the drugs in an undisclosed room in Mayfield's home.
Officers also seized a "large amount of stolen goods" from buildings and trailers.
Newton-Conover's volleyball team is bound for the North Carolina 2A State Championship game!
Catawba County residents shared their views with North Carolina's house speaker on Tuesday and school board candidates are sharing their ideas for Newton-Conover City Schools.
Details from these stories and more is available for readers of The Observer News Enterprise's Wednesday print and online editions.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.
The Newton-Conover volleyball team has the date, time and location penciled in after winning 3-1 Tuesday against twice-beaten North Surry.
â€śIt took everybody on my team to win this game today,â€ť said N-C coach Linda Richards, who advanced to her first state title game at the school. â€śThe bench did a great job. We already had a scouting report, so we knew what their tendencies were.
Falling down 1-0 after a competitive first set, the Lady Red Devils (28-5) rallied to win three straight and the match.
Catawba County-area residents met State House Speaker Thom Tillis on Tuesday with questions and concerns about the state budget adopted this summer.
Multiple residents voiced concerns about large cuts to education that the state approved in June. Cliff Moone, the 10th District Democratic Party chairman, called the cuts â€śreckless and short-sidedâ€ť on Tuesday and referenced the nearly 1,800 teaching and teaching assistant jobs that have been eliminated since June across the state.
Yarn, in its simplest form, is a rudimentary slew of twisted fiber.
Straighten out and sew those fibers together, however, and twine becomes strand. That thread is then stitched, crocheted and bound into a variety of items, including paper, rags, canvas â€” even clothes.
A Conover sewing group has embraced this concept and is taking it to the next level. The group proves that sometimes something as simple as sewn string can mean the world to someone in need.
Mary Louise Bandy Gantt, 93, of Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Gantt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Forrest Carpenter Isenhower, 96, of Newton, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels. The Isenhower family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Voters in the Newton-Conover City Schools district will choose three Board of Education members in this year's election.
Current Chairman Scott Loudermelt and board member Mark Murphy face challenger Jeanne Jarrett in the race for two seats representing Conover. Current board member Jim Stockner faces no opposition for the Newton seat.
Last month, all four board candidates said funding and achievement are the major issues the school system faces heading into the next term.