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October 28th, 2011

Inside The O-N-E: The TGIF edition

October 28, 2011

The Friday print edition of The O-N-E is on the streets and on the way to homes, while the online edition is available to readers worldwide.

The O-N-E's Friday coverage includes:

• Complete information on a hoax at Jacobs Fork Middle School that sparked the lock-down of two Catawba County Schools.

• Details on dozens of weekend events with a Halloween flavors, as well as safety tips for trick-or-treaters – and their parents.

• Bandys volleyball breaks a "curse" and advances in the state volleyball playoffs.

From the editor's desk: Putting life before list

October 28, 2011

Sometime about 1990 was the last time I was bored.

It’s actually one of the earliest moments I remember from my life. Sitting in my childhood room, I remember saying to myself, “There’s nothing in here and nothing to do.”

Then life happened.

Action figures, baseball cards and clothes started to flow into that square living space. Then school ushered in returned homework assignments, reports and projects. Art classes created framed drawings, and basketball teams merited participation trophies.

October 27th

Curse breakers: Trojans in fourth round for first time

October 27, 2011

The Lady Trojans volleyball team took out three years of frustration on the visiting Randleman Lady Tigers on Thursday.

Bandys, who had lost three straight years in the third round of the 2A playoffs, made sure it wouldn't happen four years in a row, topping Randleman in impressive fashion, 25-10, 25-9, 25-10, in Catawba.

"We've talked about the third round always shutting us down," said Bandys coach Randi Keith. "I think they just broke the curse. They really came in, made a statement and showed what they've got."

Friday, October

October 27, 2011

L. C. Mills, 89, of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.  The Mills family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Diane Sigmon White, 53, of Conover, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The White family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Fall events abound

October 27, 2011

Towns, libraries, churches and other organizations are set to offer Halloween and fall-themed treats throughout the holiday weekend. Below are some of the many events in Catawba County that offer costumes, games, music, candy and more.

n Downtown Newton will play host to the annual "Spooktacular" from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse square. The event will include costume contests and a trunk-or-treat.

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

School threat fake

October 27, 2011

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Pursue treats safely

October 27, 2011

Area law enforcement officers warn parents about the continued danger of trick-or-treating traffic accidents this Halloween season.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night — an alarming figure that police say can be avoided through safety measures.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said familiar and low-traffic neighborhoods are the safest routes to travel for trick-or-treating.

Scary spending

October 27, 2011

A struggling national economy is not hurting Halloween-related spending in Catawba County.

Local Halloween businesses say customers have packed their stores this week buying decorations, costumes and candy leading up to the holiday next week.

Experts estimate total Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.86 billion this season, numbers based on current projections, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

School threat fake

October 27, 2011

Authorities say a threatening note left in a Catawba County middle school bathroom Thursday morning posed no real danger to students and staff.

The student who created the note confessed Thursday afternoon and has been suspended for 10 days.

Administrators locked down Jacobs Fork Middle School and the adjacent Fred T. Foard High School in Newton for nearly four hours after a Jacobs Fork student reported the note between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Newton City Council meeting cancelled

October 27, 2011

Newton City Council's Tuesday meeting has been cancelled.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

A revised meeting schedule is on file in the city clerk’s office, according to information provided by the city.

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