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December 29, 2011

William “Pete” Earl Turner, 71, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his residence.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Turner family.

Oswald "Ozzie" William Charles Jr., 68, of Conover, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Charles family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

County commission race crowded already

December 29, 2011

At least four people plan to run for two open Catawba County Board of Commissioners seats in the 2012 election.

Filing for 2012 election races begins at noon Feb. 13 and continues through Feb. 29. However, Catawba County elections officials said candidates are currently allowed to file reports declaring their intention to organize an election campaign.

Two people — Steve Graves, of Hickory, and incumbent commissioner Barbara Beatty, of Newton — have already filed 2012 campaign organization reports at the Catawba County Board of Elections.

More pump pain

December 29, 2011

Area residents and businesses can expect gas prices to increase — again.

State officials announced last week that the gasoline tax will increase by almost 4 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.

The increase is the second this year alone, forcing local businesses like Yellow Cab Company to tighten a budgetary belt already squeezed.

“It puts a hurting on all of us,” said Yellow Cab General Manager Ron Stephens. “All it’s doing is making the rich man richer and poor man poorer.”

Championship day for Catawba Valley Classic

December 29, 2011

Championship day for the Catawba Valley Classic is here, and basketball action at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex tips off at 1 p.m.

A day full of hoops action concludes with championship games tonight when No. 1 seed Hickory faces No. 3 seed Newton-Conover in girls action. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the boys championship game No. 1 seed Hickory plays No. 3 Alexander Central in a game set to start at 8:30 p.m.

Just Imagine

December 29, 2011

Just imagine flying across the nation on Christmas Day. Just imagine 12 nights in Burbank, Calif. Just imagine working six of those days under pressure, on deadline, with no pay. Just imagine being part of the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena.

Just imagine what it feels like to see float No. 56 round the magic corner.

“Just Imagine” is the theme for the 123rd Rose Parade, and Conover resident Michael Paysour will be in Pasadena for the third year in a row as a float decorator.

Paysour, 59, is a retired teacher who taught U.S. history and civics at Fred T. Foard High School.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 29

December 29, 2011

The Catawba Valley Classic continued Wednesday and The O-N-E provided live game coverage during all the girls action at Catawba Valley Community College. for complete details on the games and final scores from all the tournament action be sure to visit the blog: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2

December 28th

Tigers beat Indians behind second half run

December 29, 2011

In a match-up of teams from the same conference, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens battled Wednesday for non-conference bragging rights and a spot in the girls fifth-place game in the Catawba Valley Classic.

Tied 28-28, Foard pulled away with a 10-0 run in the third quarter, which helped lift the Tigers to the 57-35 rivalry victory against St. Stephens.

Late free throw lifts Foard past Maiden

December 29, 2011

A free throw by Foard’s Joe Isenhour with no time remaining lifted the Tigers past Maiden, 38-37, and into the fifth-place game of the Catawba Valley Classic.

After an inbound pass by the Blue Devils hit the ceiling, Foard had a chance to take the lead with the game tied 37-37.

Isenhour launched a 15-foot shot that missed the mark as the buzzer sounded
However, the referees called a foul on Maiden, giving Isenhour two free throw attempts.

He sank the first of two, giving Foard the victory.

Red Devils advance past Bunker Hill

Panthers LB Wilson has 4 guns stolen from truck

December 28, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Police are investigating the reported theft of four guns worth $1,700 from a pickup truck owned by Carolina Panthers backup linebacker Kion Wilson.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg says in a report that Wilson reported robbers broke into his F250 truck. He says they stole a FN 57 handgun, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Glock 23, and a Smith and Wesson Body Guard 380.

Wilson said he discovered the break-in while driving after stopping at store parking lot near Northlake Mall on Monday.

Police say the door lock on the truck was also damaged.

Conover cat trap

December 28, 2011

Cats like to climb.

A gray, long-haired cat in Conover also likes to descend, and his journeys recently placed him a tight spot.

Sox the cat has lived with June Pittman since her son found him during a thunderstorm behind the Adrian V. Shuford branch of the YMCA about five years ago. Pittman says Sox likes to cross the street in front of her house and visit the house of her neighbor, Jean Connor.

Connor and Pittman, who are both widows, say Sox shimmies up a holly tree next to Connor’s brick house, steps onto the house and sits on the roof.

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