March 23rd, 2012
Over the past 15 years, the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival has turned into quite a show.
Vendors and visitors alike say itâ€™s a â€śbig dealâ€ť â€” one that drew out dozens of ticketholders nearly 10 hours before the doors to the Hickory Metro Convention Center opened Friday night.
Dr. Allen Huffman, the festivalâ€™s founder and director, said at least eight people waited in camper chairs for entry to the 7 p.m. gala show when he arrived early Friday morning.
â€śEveryone wants to get in, find their favorite potter and get it before anyone else does,â€ť Huffman said.
Absentee voting for the May primary election is in full swing, and the deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching.
Citizens have until April 13 at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the May 8 primary election.
The absentee voting process for the primary began March 9, and the last day to issue or mail absentee applications is May 1, according to dates released by the Catawba County Board of Elections.
The St. Stephens community will support three high school students with cancer at a fundraising event, "Saint Strong," on March 31.
Three seniors â€” Evan Ford, Courtney Cook and Brandon Grant â€” are battling cancer.
For their stories and details about the Saint Strong event, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of The O-N-E.
Beginning Sunday, a Conover section of Interstate 40 East will close each night during replacement of an overpass.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close I-40 from exits 130-132 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly as crews replace the N.C. 16 Business bridge over the interstate.
During the interstate closures, drivers will detour onto U.S. 70 to Rock Barn Road and back to I-40.
Closures are expected to continue until April 5.
The $3.1 million bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.
Citizens are going to war against litter, and Keep Catawba County Beautiful is delivering unique messages as a reminder of how trash affects area roadsides.
Look for details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and clever signs throughout Conover.
In Newton, city leaders have dedicated $100,000 in the budget for the year ahead to create engineering plans for a new fire department headquarters.
What other capital improvements will receive Newton investments in the year ahead, and how will they affect the property tax rate? Details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
Fred T. Foard fell 9-0 at home to the defending conference champion Watauga on Thursday.
The Tigers (0-8, 0-5) were solid in doubles, including close matches with the teams of Russell Michaels and Samuel Hefner, and Jil Patel and Jacob Bechtol.
Watauga 9, Fred T. Foard 0Â Â
Mike Smith (W) def. Jacob Stinson 6-0, 6-0; Harrison Battle (W) def. Jacob Bechtol Â 6-0, 6-0; Landon Taylor (W) def. Russell Michaels 6-0, 6-1; Chris Ludwig (W) def. Alex Lowdermilk 6-1, 6-0; Aaron Evans (W) def.Â Samuel Hefner 6-0, 6-0; Jackson Yeats (W) def. Jil Patel 6-0, 6-0.
Bandys won a battle of softball heavyweights in the Catawba Valley 2A on Thursday.
Breanna Jones drove in three RBIs on a 3-for-3 day at the plate, leading the Lady Trojans (4-2, 2-1) to the key 4-2 conference win against Maiden (8-2, 3-1).
Tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, the Trojans struck with two runs to take the lead for good.
After Bandysâ€™ Scarlett Harris reached base on a single and Rachel Cox was hit by a pitch, Jones drove in both runners on her second double of the game.
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning behind runs from Harris and Taylor Sigmon.
BOSTON — Top-seeded Syracuse used a breakout game by the slumping C.J. Fair to advance to the East Regional final.
The National Football League's New Orleans Saints operated a system in which players could make money by injuring players on opposing teams.
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Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's poll related to Catawba County Schools superintendent preferences.
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Addie Mylinda Young Dorman, 64, of Garner, died March 20, 2012, at WakeMed in Raleigh, following a brief illness. Condolences may be made at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com.