January 27th, 2012
Military service separates Brad, Micah and Craig Penley.
It also bonds the brothers.
Brad and Micah graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, while Craig, a five-year veteran of the Army National Guard, will soon graduate from Appalachian State University (ASU) and receive an officer commission into the U.S. Army. All three are Fred T. Foard graduates whose parents, Rick and Kim, call Mountain View home.
Youâ€™ve heard of the bionic man. This is the bionic leg.
Catawba Valley Medical Centerâ€™s (CVMC) Rehabilitation Center recently started using state-of-the-art technology as a tool to help stroke patients regain confidence and make up deficits in the use of their lower limbs.
The center started widespread use of the Tibion Bionic Leg this year.
The leg, which attaches to the lower limb of a patient suffering from post-stroke weaknesses or deficits, uses sensory receptors and robotic motors to assist patients as they try to regain a more â€śnormalâ€ť gait.
Some of Newton's oldest and youngest residents will soon have advanced warnings of oncoming severe weather.
Newton Police Department (NPD) recently received a $1,000 grant from Target Corp. to purchase weather alert radios. The department decided to apply for the grant after a tornado ripped through Claremont in October 2010 and strong storms hit the area in summer 2011, said NPD Capt. Tim Hayes.
"We think, given past situations and the tendency of severe weather in this area, that this will greatly benefit our citizens," Hayes said.
Catawba County moved one step closer Friday to operating an ABC store in the town of Taylorsville and securing a slight increase in alcohol-sales revenue.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion for the county's ABC board to absorb and manage Taylorsville's only ABC store. The move now awaits approval by the Taylorsville Town Council, the Catawba County ABC Board and the state.
Dinosaurs, wedding planning and Habitat housing opportunities await this week in the region.
The Catawba Science Center's new dinosaurs exhibit opened Saturday in Hickory.
Wedding specialists will gather Sunday afternoon in Conover to help brides and grooms prepare for the big day.
Habitat for Humanity will hold a meeting Tuesday for citizens interested in housing assistance.
Does a good health score mean a clean restaurant? In the wake of an illness outbreak among a seafood restaurantâ€™s patrons, some are residents have questions.
Vote in The O-N-E online reader poll and share your thoughts: www.observernewsonline.com/content/high-sanitation-ratings-clean-restaurant.
A Newton man serving a life sentence for raping a woman near Newton in 1990 will soon be back on the streets when he is paroled in 2014.
Meanwhile from todayâ€™s police reports, a pair of brothers, kidnapped, robbed and beat a man, but they couldnâ€™t get away from police.
Catawba County health officials say at least 40 citizens have reported recent illnesses related to eating at the Harbor Inn seafood restaurant on Fairgrove Church Road in Conover.
Harbor Inn's owner told The O-N-E this week there are no problems with his restaurant's food, its handling or storage.
Phyllis Eriksonâ€™s passion for orchids began 30 years ago. As hobbyists, Erikson and her husband, Dale, filled their home with orchids. Soon, they ran out of room, moved the orchids to an outdoor shed and quickly filled it.
â€śThat first winter, all our orchids froze,â€ť she said. â€śThatâ€™s when we built the greenhouse.â€ť
Erikson turned her hobby into an avocation, a vocation and now a business. Ironwood Estate Orchids is located behind the Eriksonsâ€™ home, nestled in the woods, with two greenhouses full of orchids in various stages of growth and bloom.
For the second time in two months, the sport of mixed martial arts will visit Hickory.
Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) is hosting a second event at the Freedom Center, following a successful first event in December.
The first fight drew 374 people to the center.
â€śWe did not expect that many people,â€ť said CWK Promotions President and CEO Casey Jenkins. â€ś(ECCF) expected a few people to come, but we werenâ€™t sure because MMA had never been in Hickory before.â€ť
The dates for the 2012 annual Catawba County middle school basketball tournament were released this week.
The tournament will be at Mill Creek Middle School starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3.
Game times for the first three days are at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final day includes the championship contests, which are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.
All games will start approximately 10 minutes after the prior game is completed.
Host Mill Creek, the defending girls champion, knocked off River Bend last year, 47-37, at Jacobs Fork Middle School.