November 9th, 2011
John Caldwell stepped off a ship and onto Omaha Beach in France in June 1944.
He wore a field pack on his back, wielded a rifle and carried a radio.
The water was waist-deep.
â€śAnd Germans were on top of the hills with machine guns, mowing us down fast as we got off,â€ť Caldwell said. â€śYou had to be alert. Itâ€™s unbelievable, you know, that Iâ€™m still here.â€ť
Caldwell recently talked with The Observer News Enterprise about that day and his military service.
Familiar faces will fill Maiden's town council seats heading into next year.â€¨
Maiden voters elected incumbents Max Bumgarner Jr. (208 votes) and Howard Ervin (184 votes) to its council this week. They will be joined by George McClellan (169 votes), a former council member who unseats incumbent David Boldon.
â€¨McClellan has been absent from Maidenâ€™s council for four years, but he said it wonâ€™t take him long to get back in the swing of things.â€¨
â€śTo me, I donâ€™t have an agenda. Iâ€™m going to go over and see what the council is working on and see if I can contribute to it,â€ť he said.â€¨
Catawba County election officials don't expect any municipal or school board outcomes to change once voting results become official early next week.
The county's three-member Board of Elections will canvass Tuesday's votes at 11 a.m. Nov. 15. Elections Director Larry Brewer will present the final numbers to the board.
"We'll match election night records with the records we now have on file to make sure all the numbers still match," Brewer said. "Doesn't seem like anything is going to change. We had only four provisional ballots."
RALEIGH â€” This is only a test.
Television and radio stations across North Carolina are scheduled to participate Wednesday in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. The national test will take place at 2 p.m. and may last up to 3Â˝ minutes.
Scheduled television, radio, cable and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.
Newton elects its first female mayor, while voters elsewhere â€“ those who showed up at the polls â€“ elected new and familiar faces. Complete details of Tuesday nightâ€™s election are available in the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
In-depth stories complete with reactions from the newly elected and the defeated are ONLY available online, www.observernewsonline.com
The Wednesday morning read features more than election wrap-up news.
A new face will join the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education.
Jeanne Jarrett won a school board seat in Tuesday's election.
Jarrett, an assistant finance director for Catawba County, received the most votes in the board's Conover district with 522.
Scott Loudermelt, the current board chairman, received 484 votes. They will be joined on the board by incumbent Jim Stockner, who ran unopposed in the Newton district and tallied 616 votes. Mark Murphy, who was unseated by Jarrett, received 297 votes.
Trailing by nine points at the midway point of the second half, the Catawba Valley Community College basketball team kicked it into another gear.
The Bucs scored 48 points in the second half, most of which came late in the game, leading CVCC to a 78-76 come-from-behind victory at home against Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCCTI).
CVCC coach Bryan Garmroth said the change started when his team trailed 35-30 at the half.
Conover voters chose experience Tuesday, electing two incumbents and a former elected official to serve on the city council.
Those winners say they're ready to put that experience to work for the betterment of Conover.
Incumbent Don Beal led all vote-getters with 591 votes. Incumbent Kyle Hayman followed with 584. Bruce Eckard received the third-most votes with 458.
"I appreciate the trust (voters) have put in us and it's not something we take lightly," Beal said. "We will build a solid team and accelerate growth with this team."
Only 8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots during the 2011 Catawba County municipal and school board elections.
At precinct 28, only four people voted. At precinct 35, six people cast ballots.
Of 47,419 registered voters, 3,865 voted in municipal and school board races.
â€śIâ€™ve never seen numbers that low since Iâ€™ve been here,â€ť said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director for the past 14 years. â€śNumbers are going to be a little less than normal.â€ť
The highest precinct had about 313 voters, Brewer said.
Newton citizens elected a new mayor Tuesday and for the first time a female will hold the city's top elected office.
"I don't think being a female makes any difference ... I am ready to lead the city," said Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman, who succeeds Mayor Robert A. Mullinax. "I have the experience, and I do think it takes that to run a city. I think that my passion for Newton shows."
Among her first goals as mayor is continuing to apply that passion toward Newton's central business district.