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January 2nd, 2012

Calling cutest babies, pets

January 2, 2012

The arrival of a new year brings Catawba County citizens the chance to show off their pride and joy.

"Once again, we're looking for Catawba County's cutest babies, both in terms of human babies and the 'fur babies' of the animal kingdom," said The Observer News Enterprise Publisher Michael Willard. "Every year, our special section dedicated to the county's cutest babies and cutest pets is hugely popular, and we are excited to give the county's parents the chance to show off their pride and joy."

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

January 2, 2012

Monday, Jan. 2
No games scheduled

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Bandys basketball at West Caldwell
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Draughn
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. South Caldwell
Maiden basketball vs. South Iredell
N-C basketball at East Burke
N-C wrestling at South Caldwell (Kings Mt.), 6 p.m.
Catawba County Meet at Hickory YMCA
St. Stephens basketball at Hibriten

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Bunker Hill at Bandys basketball
Fred T. Foard wrestling vs. East Burke/Lincolnton, 5 p.m.
Anderson at Lenoir-Rhyne basketball (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Catawba County's week ahead

January 2, 2012

It's a new year in Catawba County, and the first week of 2012 offers events for all ages.

Community happenings this week include a teen game night, yoga and Tai Chi classes for seniors, a diabetes support workshop for all ages, a blood drive and a chance to view parts of the solar system.

If you or your organization has an upcoming event, e-mail the details to for inclusion in Catawba County's Week Ahead and inclusion on page 3 of The Observer News Enterprise.


December 30th, 2011

Lady Trojans, Wolves repeat at Holiday Clash

December 30, 2011

Third time’s the charm — at least in the case of the ninth annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.

Bandys scored 29 points in the first quarter, and maintained at least a 10-point lead against North Lincoln for most of the game on its way to a third-straight girls title at the Clash.

“When I think about our tournament overall, I think it’s a team effort,” said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. “When you look at our box score, we’ve been very balanced as far as points, steals and assists. It’s been a very balanced attack. That’s what has made me very happy about this tournament.”

Howard's 20-20 game powers Magic past Bobcats

December 30, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Dwight Howard had 20 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-79 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

Orlando jumped to an 11-0 lead and never trailed, eventually leading 56-43 at halftime and building the lead up to as many as 21 in the second half. Charlotte never got closer than nine points in the second half.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 30, 2011

Hal Winfield Kaylor, 89, of Conover, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.  The Kaylor family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Roger Clay Turbyfill, 64, of Conover, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his residence.  The Turbyfill family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Blood drive seeks to replenish supply

December 30, 2011

Area Red Cross officials hope an upcoming blood drive will help ease the current blood shortage throughout the state.

Blood supplies are low after a wreck in Transylvania County left 15 people hurt or hospitalized last week and depleted much of the type O-negative blood supply in the Asheville area.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said a tractor-trailer jackknifed Dec. 21 and collided head-on with a church van carrying children.

Full of resolve

December 30, 2011

Each January, millions across the nation make an impermanent oath of some kind — a New Year’s resolution.

For many, that resolution means a trip back to the gym — to run, walk, box, Zumba or Jazzercise.

Regardless of whether those commitments last one year or one week, one fact remains — the new year gives a big boost to local gyms.

Gyms throughout Catawba County say the new year brings a steady stream of new customers looking to get into shape.

Sears, Kmart stores safe — for now

December 30, 2011

A Sears store in Hickory and a Kmart store in Conover are not on a preliminary list of stores Sears Holding Corp. plans to close.

Amid financial troubles, the company announced this week plans for closing 79 stores in 25 states to raise cash.

A list of planned closings released Thursday includes four North Carolina Sears locations, including stores in Statesville, High Point, Rocky Mount and Morehead City.

Florida will be hit hardest by the closing of 11 Sears and Kmart stores.
Sears Holding Corp. has operated Sears and Kmart stores since a 2005 merger.

Resolutions for the new year? Vote now!

December 30, 2011

Will you make a resolution to improve your life in 2012?

Vote in The O-N-E poll at, and pick up a copy of the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of last week's poll on the top stories of 2011.

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