The Piedmont Hardware ledger dates back to 1910.
During that year, the store sold a screwdriver in November for 25 cents.
In February 1911, someone purchased bull tongue for 15 cents. That same month, someone paid $4.50 for a plow.
Now, more than 100 years later, Piedmont Hardware is still serving the Maiden community in Catawba County. Like most everything else, the storeâ€™s business, ownership and even price range have changed over the years.
Current owner Samantha â€śSamâ€ť Saunders said one thing hasnâ€™t varied â€” the storeâ€™s values.
Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a â€śgood causeâ€ť or â€świnter waiverâ€ť that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.
In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.
Congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry today called on U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry to quit protecting his corrupt colleagues and immediately cosponsor legislation that would prohibit insider trading of securities by members and employees of Congress.
â€śItâ€™s time for Mr. McHenry to end his silence on this important issue and to start doing the right thing for the people he represents,â€ť said Fortenberry, the congressmanâ€™s Republican opponent in next Mayâ€™s primary. â€śThe politicians in Washington continue to get the gold mine while the people get the shaft.
Gov. Bev Perdue announced Thursday that American Roller Bearing Industries Inc. (A.R.B.), a manufacturer of anti-friction bearings for industrial equipment, will expand its operations in Burke and Alexander counties.
A.R.B. expects to create 231 new jobs over the next five years and invest between $3 million and $5 million per year in land, buildings, machinery and equipment. The announcement was made possible in part by a state Job Development Investment Grant.
BLACKSBURG, Va. â€” The Virginia Tech police officer who was shot dead at his parked cruiser was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. His death leaves investigators puzzling over how and why a gunman walked up to the patrol car during a traffic stop, killed the officer and wound up dead himself in a nearby parking lot.
The campus shooting prompted officials to lock down the university for hours Thursday while police and SWAT teams searched the school, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Detours are ahead for motorists driving along N.C. 16 as major repairs are planned for a pair of bridges in Conover.
Orange pylons already hint at coming detours for the N.C. 16 bridge over U.S. 70 south of Conover. Meanwhile, repairs will also completely close the N.C. 16 bridge over I-40 in coming weeks.
See complete details on construction plans as well as detour information in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
Maiden outpaced Lincoln Charter 20-3 in the third quarter, allowing them to pull away and pick up the 64-40 victory on Wednesday.
Tyler Steelman led the Blue Devils (2-2) with 12 points. Jason Gantt added 10 points, while Jalen Gibbs scored nine points.
Nathaniel Scoggins and Hunter Dobson each scored in double-digits for Lincoln Charter. Scoggins scored a game-high 14 points, while Dobson added 11 points.
The Blue Devils next play Friday at home against West Lincoln.
Maiden 45, Lincoln Charter 29
After going 0-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half against Newton-Conover, the St. Stephens boys basketball found its stroke.
The Indians (4-2) made four three-pointers in the final half and held off late charge by the Red Devils, including a last-second three that banked off of the rim and out.
Drew Starkey led the Indians with 13 points, while Chris Hefner pitched in nine points.
Tyoun Shufford scored 16 points for N-C (2-2).
Newton-Conover 82, St. Stephens 16
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” Duke played so many games in the first two weeks of the season that coach Mike Krzyzewski's team had relatively little time to refine itself on the practice court. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils are starting to get that chance.
Freshman guard Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night, a successful return from a weeklong break following a lopsided loss at Ohio State.
Frederick “Fred” George Lampe Sr., 86, of Conover, answered final bells one last time and steamed away into the sunset Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. The Lampe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.