January 17th, 2012
This photo of Newton Police Department parking enforcement officer Evaleene Fowler is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Fowler, known by many in the community, was hit by a car Friday in downtown Newton. The 86-year-old officer was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
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After Conover Police found a dead body inside a crashed vehicle Tuesday morning, police investigators say they believe the driver suffered a medical condition that led to a fiery wreck off Reese Drive.
"It appears there was no foul play involved," Conover City Manager Donald Duncan said, adding that the wreck occurred about 9:45 a.m., according to Conover Police investigators. "A gentleman suffered from a medical condition while he was driving, went off the road, impacted a tree and ignited the fuel tank and was burned severely."
Regional industry leaders are assembling pieces to rebuild a machine that once powered western North Carolina's economy â€”manufacturing.
A growing list of manufacturers have brought jobs and an economic boost to Catawba County in the past two years, and economic development officials hope to continue that trend.
Dale Stewart Bumgarner Sr., 81, of Conover, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at his residence. The Bumgarner family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Dorothy Irene Kiesler Smith, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Abernethy Laurels. The Smith family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
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.