January 17th, 2012
A veteran Maiden councilman resigned unexpectedly this week during the townâ€™s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Howard Ervin, who has served on the Maiden Town Council since 2005, tendered his letter of resignation Monday night. He said he resigned for personal reasons.
During his time on council, Ervin helped oversee a time of growth in Maiden, including the expansion of Lawrence Lumber Company Inc., vonDrehle, Ethan Allen and the recruitment of Apple Inc.â€™s East Coast data center.
WASHINGTON â€” Mitt Romney ignored the most significant expansion of trade ties in nearly two decades when he accused the Obama administration Monday night of doing nothing to open new markets. Rick Santorum claimed to be taking purely the high road in campaign ads even as a new one from him veered from that path.
Newt Gingrich mischaracterized the Chilean retirement system that he favors as a partial model for the United States, declaring that the system of private accounts is voluntary when it's not.
LONG VIEWâ€” Police in Long View are investigating the shooting of a 21-year-old man by his mother.
The Hickory Police Department reports that no one has been charged in the shooting that killed Justin Barger on Friday.
Police Lt. Rick Coffey said Justin Barger was drinking and assaulted his parents.
Coffey said 53-year-old Karen Barger shot her son once with a handgun. He died at the home.
Coffey said police are investigating, and will turn the results of their probe over to District 25 Attorney James C. Gaither Jr. to determine if charges should be filed.
Catawba County commemorates the life and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and The O-N-E delivers the details in the Tuesday edition.
In Newton, elected officials are at odds with the cityâ€™s planning commission when it comes to temporary signs advertising businesses and fundraisers. City council will make a decision on policy changes tonight.
Alarm bells are ringing in Conover thanks to a grant that delivers carbon monoxide detectors to city residents. Citizens in Newton, Conover and Hickory can get free carbon monoxide alarms - find out how in the Tuesday O-N-E.
Nearly three months to the day his pick-up truck rolled three times in a ditch near Balls Creek Road, Jackson Gilliam is looking forward to spring baseball season.
Gilliam, a 5-foot-11-.inch junior at Bandys, suffered damage to his vertebrae, right hip, shoulder blade and face, and suffered from a concussion, internal bleeding and a collapsed lung from the accident.
The outlook on his health was fair, at best.
â€śHe wasnâ€™t supposed to be released from anything for three months of the date of the accident,â€ť said Jacksonâ€™s mother, Janet.
The application process in the search for the next Maiden football coach ended Friday, with about 55 candidates applying for the position, according to assistant AD Butch Parker.
â€śWeâ€™ve got some quality candidates,â€ť Parker said Friday before the Blue Devilsâ€™ home wrestling match against Bunker Hill.
According to a source, the list of rumored names who applied for the position includes:
â€˘ Doug McRee, a long-time Bandys assistant coach and current three-year member of the Maiden coaching staff.
CHARLOTTE â€” Rookie Kyrie Irving is making the transition from college to the NBA look pretty easy even though he insists it's not.
The No. 1 pick in the draft continues to produce big numbers, scoring 25 points and adding seven assists Monday to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cavaliers finished their longest road trip of the season with a 3-4 record.
Singing as they walked, about 100 residents rounded the corner onto College Street in Newton on Monday morning.
â€śWe shall overcome. We shall overcome. We shall overcome.â€ť
â€śOh, deep in my heart. I do believe. We shall overcome.â€ť
They sang "We Shall Overcome" to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his dream, his message and the thousands of people who stood by it.
A new grant is helping Conover â€śget alarmed.â€ť
Conover received a â€śGet Alarmed NC Grantâ€ť recently that will provide the city with 500 smoke alarms, 300 carbon monoxide detectors and $1,500 to purchase installation equipment.
The alarms and detectors will be installed free for area citizens who lack the equipment or need upgrades, city and fire officials said.
Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson said the department will target homes with children younger than age 5 and adults older than age 64, in addition to non-English-speaking homes.
Patricia Scronce Lee, 72, of Viewmont, formerly of Caldwell Road in Newton, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Brian Center in Viewmont. The Lee family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Earle Thomas Hoyle, 80, of Newton, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Hoyle family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.