January 12th, 2012
Jake Shimabukuro believes music is the greatest gift, and the ukulele is the friendliest way to present that gift to the world.
Jake Shimabukuroâs life is centered on the ukulele â itâs been that way since he was 4 and picked up a âuke.â
âMy mom played and taught me my first few chords,â Shimabukuro said. âI started strumming mainly traditional Hawaiian music has a child.â
Later, though, Shimabukuro enjoyed the challenge of trying to play other styles of music on the four string, two octave instrument, such as jazz, classical or rock.
BRUSSELS â Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize says it is cutting almost 5,000 jobs in the United States as it closes underperforming stores.
Delhaize said Thursday that it is shutting down 113 Food Lion supermarkets, as well as seven Bloom and six Bottom Dollar Food stores within the next 30 days.
According to documents published online by Food Lion, the Hickory Bottom Dollar Food store on U.S. 70 will be converted to a Food Lion. No other Hickory Metro grocery stores owned by the company are affected. A Bottom Dollar Food store will be closed.
Severe weather swept through the Catawba Valley on Wednesday evening, and The Observer News Enterprise delivered information about storms and emergency warnings to online readers and Twitter followers throughout the event.
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The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado damaged dozens of homes and injured at least 15 people in western North Carolina.
The weather service's forecast office in Greer, S.C., said Thursday that investigators confirmed the tornado with winds of around 115 mph.
The storms struck in Rutherford and Burke counties late Wednesday afternoon as a cold front moved through the western Carolinas, meteorologist Neil Dixon with the weather service office in Greer, S.C., said.
The Lenoir-Rhyne menâs basketball team held off Wingate at home Wednesday for a 75-71 win in Hickory.
Sophomore Allan Jones led the Bears (6-8, 2-3) with 20 points, and forward D.J. Blackmon added 18 points.
Jamie Vaughn netted 16 points for Wingate (7-8, 3-2), while Quan Alexander scored 16 points of his own off of the Bulldog bench.
Despite leading by 13 with 15:07 left, the Bulldogs whittled down the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the ball game.
The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2012 field staff for the âDads.
Third-year field manager Bill Richardson, accompanied by pitching coach Storm Davis, will return.
Hitting coach Josue Perez and coach Humberto Miranda will be new to the staff this season.
Last yearâs training and conditioning tandem will return in athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and strength and conditioning coach Anthony Miller.
CHARLOTTE â Byron Mullens knew it wouldn't be easy to win over Charlotte Bobcats fans.
Mullens had only scored 39 points in 26 games during his two seasons with the Thunder, so he understood the disgruntlement when the Bobcats traded away a second-round pick in 2013 to the Thunder to get him.
"When I got traded here a lot of people were kind of upset and saying, 'Why did we trade for this guy?'" Mullens said.
But three weeks into his tenure with the Bobcats, Mullens has quickly developed into a fan favorite because of the instant offense he's provided off the bench.
The following are arrests, citations and incidents recently reported in Catawba County:
*Dearl Roy Steoart, 39, of 3618 Huie St. in Newton; hit and run, failure to stop; $100 bond
*Jennifer Lynn Reece, 21, of 2000 Terry St. in Conover; breaking and/or entering, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods; $1,000 bond
*Patricia Sue Tyger, 38, of 195 Riverview Acres Lane in Taylorsville; injury to real property, breaking or entering, felony larceny; $2,000 bond
Conover will look to approve a lease agreement and contract tonight related to the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC).
Conover City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to consider approval of a lease agreement between the city and Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC), in addition to a contract with MSC.
MSC is currently located on CVCCâs East Campus. Employing about 36 full- and part-time workers, MSC works with companies around the world to develop and improve their products. Â
Dean Clarence White, 68, of Davie Street, Claremont, died Jan. 11, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The White family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.