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March 1st, 2012

Hickory's sinkhole could affect county teams

March 1, 2012

A sinkhole near the baseball field at Hickory High School is causing the Red Tornadoes to move their home baseball games.

Hickory baseball coach David Craft said he was recently notified of the issue at the field.

“There was a problem with an area outside of the playing surface at our field,” Craft said. “We’ve been notified that we are not to use our field.”

Beverly Snowden, public information officer with Hickory Public Schools, said the issue was caused by an existing pipe.

Newton catastrophe? Vote now

March 1, 2012

Newton officials and citizens report that a large number of feral cats are roaming the city.

Some residents also say some pet cats have been caught and euthanized.

Have you observed an issue with feral cats throughout Newton and surrounding areas? Vote now in The O-N-E's latest reader poll at observernewsonline.com.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Friday for a new poll question, and pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of the previous week's poll.

Wreck snarls I-40 traffic

March 1, 2012

A two-vehicle wreck on the eastbound side of I-40 near McDonald Parkway slowed Thursday evening traffic.

Eastbound traffic backed up near the Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard exit.

The O-N-E will provide more information about the accident as it becomes available.

In Tune with the Arts

March 1, 2012

John Coffey and Jeff Hartman have a lot in common — both are extremely talented artists and are known and recognized “far and wide,” as the saying goes. They’ve known each other for 16 years but the ease of being around them together speaks volumes more than 16 years. It’s only natural for Coffey and Hartman to team up together in business. But to these artists, it’s more than business, and they don’t like to think of what they do as business....

They met at The Green Room Community Theatre’s 1996 production of Broadway’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks.”

Caretaker of children

March 1, 2012

The smiles never stopped.

Neither did Melanie Elrod.

That’s what her coworkers, friends and community leaders said this week.
Elrod retired Wednesday after 34 years in the Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) system.

“I always liked going to school,” she said. “I always went to school. I never went to work.”

Elrod, a native of Cramerton in Gaston County, wanted to be a French teacher.

Mayfield surrenders in Caldwell

March 1, 2012

Flanked by his attorney David Freedman and Hudson Police Chief Andy Day, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield arrived at the Caldwell County Magistrate’s Office on Thursday afternoon to surrender on four charges of felony larceny.

Before entering the building, Mayfield said he was pleading not guilty to the charges.

“I did not do this,” Mayfield said. “I’m a little surprised by this.

It’s all tied in to what’s going on in Catawba County."

Mayfield was charged by Hudson Police after a year-long investigation.

Man attacks friend with flashlight

March 1, 2012

A Newton man is in jail after attacking his friend with a flashlight.

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies arrested Derek Jerome Cox, 31, of 2350 Coley Fish Pond Road in Newton, on Wednesday after he attacked his friend to steal money.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at the residence of 4660 Bear Cove Road in Catawba, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Reid said Cox attacked the male victim while he was putting a large sum of money into a safe. He said Cox first hit the victim with a collapsible baton and then a flash light after that.

Catawba County crime

March 1, 2012

The following are recent arrests and incidents in Catawba County.

Arrests

Feb. 25
Terri Lee Lanning, 44, of Hickory, was arrested on a charge of making harassing phone calls. She was held on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Feb. 24
Juston Scott Benge, 16, of Hickory, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. He was released with a written promise to appear in court.

Andrew William Brightman, 25, of Hickory, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. He was released with a written promise to appear in court

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, March 1

March 1, 2012

Filing for Election 2012 is over, and races for Catawba County Commission, the N.C. House and Senate and even the state auditor’s office are full of contenders.

Get the complete rundown of candidates for the May 5 primary in the Thursday print and online edition of The O-N-E.

Catawba County students are exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through tours of the county’s hubs for those occupations. Find out about Maiden Middle School’s visit to Frye Regional Medical Center in The O-N-E.

February 29th

Tigers outlast Bears on diamond in 11 innings

March 1, 2012

There was no shortage of runs Wednesday between Fred T. Foard and Bunker Hill on the baseball diamond.

In spite of that offense, a wild pitch by the Bears’ Justin Aiken allowed Foard’s Jordan Fulbright to score, giving the Tigers an 11-10 win in Claremont.

“It was all heart,” said Foard coach Channon Vogel. “These guys just fight and never give up. In our first game this year against Shelby, we were down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning. We came back and won that game. I knew if we stayed in this game, we’d find a way to win.”

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