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County to discuss issues tied to state budget

October 31, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss legislative opportunities, challenges and consequences of the state’s budget.

Commissioners will meet with members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Advocacy Team (NCACC) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Catawba Valley Community College’s Sipe Boardroom.

County officials say commissioners normally discuss legislative agendas for the N.C. General Assembly and U.S. Congress, and Thursday’s meeting will highlight current issues facing the state.

Solid memories

October 31, 2011

Since Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2010, groups across the state have held events, memorials and remembrance ceremonies for the late 10-year-old girl.

Organizations like the Kiwanis Club have raised thousands of dollars for a Zahra Baker memorial playground. Groups like the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Agency have held remembrance ceremonies to remember Zahra and all other child homicide victims.

On Sunday, area authorities used a brick to remember the little girl.

BREAKING STATE NEWS: N.C. Sen. Jim Forrester dies at 74

October 31, 2011

RALEIGH — North Carolina state Sen. Jim Forrester, a physician and social conservative who secured a legislative victory just weeks ago with a constitutional referendum next spring on whether to ban gay marriage, died Monday after a brief hospitalization, according to his daughter. He was 74.

Conover man charged in stabbing

October 31, 2011

A Conover man is in jail after authorities say he tried to kill a man with a box cutter early Saturday morning.

Authorities say one man stabbed another in the neck when an argument between the men escalated after midnight Saturday near the 2800 block of 12th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.

Hickory police say Andre Douglas Little, 42, of Conover, was arguing with an acquaintance at about 12:16 a.m. Saturday at the Ridgecrest Apartments when he stabbed the man in the neck.

CRIME NEWS: Claremont woman caught in theft

October 31, 2011

A fellow customer caught a Claremont woman stealing basic hygiene and consumer items at the local Dollar General store on Friday night.

Authorities say Jamie Sartin, 34, of 4243 Jennifer Lane in Claremont, was shopping at the Dollar General on Centennial Boulevard at about 8:50 p.m. Friday when a customer saw her trying to steal several items.

The customer alerted store officials, who found Sartin trying to steal deodorant, toothpaste, oil candles and several other items from the store.

Claremont Police were called and cops charged Sartin with concealment of goods.

October 30th

Things to do this week

October 30, 2011

From the plates to the polls, from the schools to the sky and everywhere in between, the following list provides a sampling of events happening this week in Catawba County. For more, check back throughout the week at observernewsonline.com, and pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at news stands each day.

Monday
Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

Monday

October 29th

ASU tops No. 1 Georgia Southern

October 29, 2011

BOONE - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Brian Quick racked up 119 receiving yards as No. 5 Appalachian State upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-18, at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and the ASU defense held off a late rally by the Eagles (7-1, 5-1) to pick up their first win over a top-ranked team since defeating a then No. 1 Georgia Southern squad on Oct. 16, 1999.

PREP FOOTBALL: Six Catawba County football teams in playoffs

October 29, 2011

The preliminary brackets for the 2A, 2AA, 3A and 3AA playoffs have been released and officially, six Catawba County teams are in the postseason. The brackets became official Saturday evening once all records were verified.

Hosting home games in the first round are Maiden, Bandys and Hickory. The Blue Devils and Trojans are ranked as No. 3 seeds in their portion of the 2A and 2AA brackets, respectively. Both schools will host 5-5 teams in East Rutherford and Ashe County.

Inside The O-N-E: Weekender

October 29, 2011

The weekend is here and so is The Observer News Enterprise weekend edition.

Readers picking up the The O-N-E print edition will find unique content, while online visitors to observernewsonline.com will also get feature stories they won't find elsewhere.

The O-N-E weekend edition includes:

Publisher's perspective: Delivering a verdict on jury duty

October 29, 2011

I immediately recognized the jury summons mixed in with a load of other junk a letter carrier delivered to the Willard home in August.

I've seen plenty of these yellow summons sheets from Catawba County Superior Court Clerk Al Jean Bogle. It seems employees of The O-N-E make monthly trips to my office with the form in hand and hoping I will help free them from the obligation.

Yes, I have written a few jury duty "excuse" letters for the folks at The O-N-E.

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