Events slow down in the Hickory Metro this week as Christmas approaches, but many churches are holding special holiday services.
Newton-Conover High School will also offer a free lunch for the needy on Thursday.
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Frances Helen Roseman Goble, 89, of Claremont, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Goble family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Maiden will look to annex more property belonging to Apple Inc. on Monday.
The town will hold public hearings on several voluntary annexations on Monday, including one involving additions to Apple Inc.â€™s growing property base on Startown Road.
Town officials say Apple recently purchased four parcels of property on Startown Road across the street from its current Apple Data Center site.
The additions add about 16 acres to Appleâ€™s existing land.
A voluntary annexation means the company â€” Apple â€” asked to be annexed into town limits, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Catawba County Commissioners will look to approve an incentive agreement on Monday that could bring up to 80 new jobs to the area.
Last week, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) announced that German-based manufacturer Punker LLC plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Hickory. The expansion will bring at least 62 jobs to the area, with the potential to create 80 new jobs.
Punker produces fan parts for the HVAC and exhaust industries. The company's Hickory plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the United States, according to the CCEDC.
Newton will borrow up to $5.67 million to finance new equipment, real property improvements and infrastructure repairs.
Among those infrastructure repairs will be nine projects to rehabilitate Newton water lines and three projects to address problem sewer lines. Those rehabilitation projects along with equipment and property improvements were approved by Newton City Council in May as part of a $32.4 million Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook are rewarding area residents who spend their holiday dollars at locally owned businesses in the Hickory Metro.
Today the Catawba County community newspaper announced grand prize winners in the Hometown Christmas shop-local campaign. During the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and 63 Big Ways, The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard called the names of three area residents whose Christmas got a little brighter.
A Newton couple spreads holiday cheer every year with their brilliant Christmas display, and now their neighbors are returning the favor - by paying their power bill.
Read the story in the Friday print edition of The O-N-E, and online at www.observernewsonline.
The O-N-E invites you to share your favorite holiday lights. Send us pictures of the prettiest, the tackiest and everything in-between: www.observernewsonline.com/node/add/photossubmit. We'll publish the best pictures online and some may make it to the print pages of The O-N-E.
Trailing 38-37 entering the fourth quarter, the Bandys girls basketball team (8-0, 2-0) scored 14 fourth-quarter points to win the first of two rivalry games this season with Newton-Conover.
Bandysâ€™ Madi Story scored 15 points and her sister, Jesse, added 11 points in the victory.
The Lady Red Devils, who went 13-1 last season in the CVAC 2A, fall to 1-1 in the CVAC and 5-2 overall.
Shynese Whitener led N-C with 15 points, while Taylor Petty and Kadesha Gibbs added 10 points each.
Newton-Conover 51, Bandys 38
Lenoir-Rhyne senior offensive lineman Chandler Rearden was selected to the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America football second team. Rearden earns All-American honors for the second year in a row.
Rearden, a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection (2008, 2010-11), won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second straight season this fall. The trophy is given annually to the top offensive lineman in the league.
Rearden helped guide Lenoir-Rhyne to its first conference championship in 17 years in 2011.
CHARLOTTE â€” Bobcats coach Paul Silas got what he wanted â€” a long-range shooter.
Charlotte signed shooting guard Reggie Williams to a two-year contract Thursday, filling one of the team's biggest needs.
But the team also announced Williams will have surgery in the coming days to repair a tear of the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He's expected to be sidelined for approximately six to eight weeks with the pre-existing injury.