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December 2nd

Newton leaf collection delayed

December 2, 2011

Leaf collection will be delayed in the next week for city of Newton customers.

One of the city's two loose-leaf collection trucks must be repaired, causing the delay.

Parts for the truck have been ordered, and repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, Dec. 9. Until then, the city will collect leaves with one truck.

For more information, contact Newton Public Works at 828-695-4310.

Conover to celebrate the season

December 2, 2011

Conover will officially usher in the holiday season Tuesday.

Christmas in the Park begins at 6:30 p.m. at the city's Downtown Park.

After Mayor Lee Moritz welcomes those in attendance, choirs from Lyle Creek Elementary School, Conover School and Shuford Elementary School will sing a variety of Christmas carols.

Songs will include "Sleigh Ride," "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

The city plans to light its official Christmas tree just after 7 p.m., and Santa Claus will arrive soon after on a Conover Fire Department engine.

Thieves take fertilizer

December 2, 2011

Thieves stole $20,000 in crop duster fertilizer from land in Sherrills Ford Wednesday night.

According to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, suspects driving a blue Dodge Dakota truck stole four aluminum tanks containing crop duster fertilizer from property owned by Joel Preston Lineberger, of 1673 Rufty St. in Catawba.

The larceny occurred sometime from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

Lineberger, who owns property at 6239 Lineberger Road in Sherrills Ford, is a pilot and owns a crop duster plane, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

Mayfield returns to court next month

December 2, 2011

Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has hired a lawyer and will appear in court again on Jan. 3.

Mayfield is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a charge that could carry a maximum prison sentence of 12-15 months, according to Catawba County court records.

More charges are expected to surface for Mayfield, whose home and property has been searched two times within the last month for stolen property originally taken from Lincoln, Iredell and Caldwell counties.

ECONOMY: U.S. jobless rate falls to lowest point since March 2009

December 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell last month to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn't been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.

Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added — the fourth straight month the government revised prior months higher.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Friday, Dec. 2

December 2, 2011

Catawba Valley Community College received the largest financial gift in the school’s 53-year history, and now the facility’s multi-purpose complex will be named in the donor’s honor. Who made the donation and what will the school’s one-of-a-kind facility be called? Find out in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and online at http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/biggest-gift.

A dead body was found in Lake Norman on Thursday morning, and police investigators are piecing together a puzzle to find out what happened. More details in The O-N-E.

December 1st

Already 5-1, Foard seeks 2010 repeat

December 1, 2011

With a 2010 state title under its belt, the Fred T. Foard wrestling team is trying to repeat its success from a season ago.

“Other teams may look at us differently,” said Tigers coach Mike Carey. “I don’t think we look at ourselves differently. We might have more of a sense of confidence that we can get the job done against anybody."

The Tigers are off to an early 5-1 start with their only loss coming last week against a tough 4A squad in defending state champion Parkland.

Tigers coach Mike Carey still expects improvement.

Room for interpretation

December 1, 2011

Before a business moves into a new facility and creates jobs, its building must be inspected.

The inspector — using rules and codes handed down by the state — can give that facility an OK or require changes that can delay an opening, thus costing the business more money.

While the code is the code, inspectors, developers and real estate brokers agree there is room for interpretation — a small amount of wiggle space that can either make development easier or create costly delays.

Expansion of calendar expected

December 1, 2011

The North Carolina board of education is telling public school administrators to plan on adding five more classroom days next year, but the state isn't setting the expanded school year in stone just yet.

State school board Chairman Bill Harrison said Thursday he hopes to meet with state lawmakers before they return to work in February to describe problems local school districts face from a new law increasing the current 180-day school year to 185 days.

School districts complain they'll have to pay for five extra days of school bus fuel and other costs despite state budget cuts.

Biggest gift

December 1, 2011

Catawba Valley Community College recently received the largest private gift in its 53-year history.

Area real estate developer James V. Tarlton Jr. made the donation to the CVCC Foundation, and the college will rename its on-campus multipurpose center The Tarlton Complex in his honor.

Tarlton said he did not want to disclose the amount of the gift to the college, and college officials said they respect that wish.

"It was substantial," Tarlton said.

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