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November 23rd, 2011

Stores set Black Friday special hours

November 23, 2011

Stores in Catawba County plan to open their doors late Thursday and early Friday to entice shoppers for annual Black Friday deals.

Some of the major Black Friday sales include:

Walmart in Conover — Deals start at 10 p.m. Thursday
Best Buy in Hickory — Opening at 12 a.m. Friday
Target in Hickory — Opening at 12 a.m. Friday
Valley Hills Mall – Opening at 6 a.m. Friday

Stores inside the mall:

Belk — Opening at 3 a.m.
Dillard’s — Opening at 7 a.m.
JC Penney — Opening at 4 a.m.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Nov. 23

November 23, 2011

We’re a day away from Thanksgiving, and The Observer News Enterprise’s Wednesday print edition is jam-packed.

Subscribers and readers who pick up a copy of Wednesday’s feature edition will find OUTLOOK, The O-N-E’s holiday gift guide, United Arts Council of Catawba County’s quarterly calendar and hundreds of great gift ideas detailed in dozens of advertisements and inserts from area retailers. Pick up The O-N-E to learn where all the Black Friday deals are waiting.

November 22nd

CVCC freshman guard Sweezy scores 17 in victory

November 23, 2011

CVCC freshman Matrice Sweezy does a good job giving the basketball to her teammates.

She also succeeds when she keeps the ball in her hands.

Sweezy scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Bucs on Tuesday, leading her team to the 69-41 victory over Mount Olive at CVCC’s Multipurpose Complex.

“She shoots the ball well, but I’d rather see her distribute the ball,” said CVCC coach Tommy Edwards. “She shoots the ball really well. She’s been a pleasant surprise for us, both handling the ball and scoring. We were fortunate when she decided to play for us.”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

November 22, 2011

This photo of Terence Nixon is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

Nixon and other homeless people participated in a game of Bingo on Nov. 15 at The Hickory Soup Kitchen. A twice-monthly event, Bingo game winners receive blankets, toilet paper, hygiene products and other basic needs.

Visit observernewsonline.com daily for the latest Catawba County news. Look each week for The O-N-E's photo of the week. If you have suggestions for photos of the week, or if you have news tips or story ideas, send them to onenews@observernewsonline.com.

County prepares care plan for aging

November 22, 2011

They may be getting older, but they’re still “booming.”

The area’s large population of baby boomers is surviving, creating a rapidly growing elderly population that the county must prepare for.

“We want to be on the forefront of a senior-friendly and livable community,” said John Eller, director of Catawba County Social Services. “As we age, we want to make sure Catawba County is a place where we want that to happen."

Air quality may help county business

November 22, 2011

Catawba County’s economic and business climate is getting a breath of fresh air — literally.

For the first time in nearly six years, the county will be classified in attainment of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), a designation that underscores an area’s positive air quality.

County and economic officials say the re-classification will open up a plethora of new, potential business opportunities.

“It was a limiting factor that we don’t have to worry about anymore,” said Economic Development Corp. President Scott Millar.

Conover Dollar Tree set to open

November 22, 2011

Conover officials announced Tuesday that the new Dollar Tree store in the city will be open in time for Black Friday shoppers.

The store is at 108 Northern Drive NW, in the Walmart shopping center, and it will open a week ahead of schedule when the doors open Wednesday.

The store plans a grand-opening celebration in the near future.

Newton council mulls vacancy

November 22, 2011

When a new mayor and city council take office in Newton next month, one of the group's first duties will be appointing a new member to the city's governing board.

Newton Mayor-Elect Anne Stedman leaves behind two years of an unexpired city council term when she assumes Newton's top elected position.

According to Catawba County Board of Elections elections specialist Marvin Bentley, the method used for filling vacant positions on municipal boards is outlined in the individual charters for cities in the county.

Sides divided on N.C. 16 widening plan

November 22, 2011

After reviewing nearly 100 public comments about the controversial widening of N.C. 16, the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) has updated its plans.

They didn’t change much.

DOT says it will widen the two-lane, eight-mile stretch of highway from Claremont Road in Newton to Tower Road in Denver to a four-lane divided highway with “superstreet” intersections.

N.C. jobless rate drops slightly

November 22, 2011

RALEIGH — North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October to 10.4 percent.

The state Division of Employment Security said Tuesday that compared with a rate of 10.5 percent in September, after the state added 5,500 non-farm jobs.

It's the fourth straight month that the state's unemployment rate has hovered above 10 percent. The national unemployment rate is 9 percent.

Employment Security Assistant Secretary Lynn R. Holmes pointed out that private sector employment has grown in eight of the last 10 months.

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