February 3rd, 2012
Catawba County's older adults are the target of several area events this week in the Hickory Metro.
A Tuesday seminar will kick off a weekly series on aging at Valley Hills Mall.
A Thursday dance in Newton invites senior citizens to gather for three hours of fun at the city's recreation center.
For more on these and other events this week in the Catawba Valley, read on. Pick up The O-N-E print edition daily for more on events, the latest area news, advertisements, comics, obituaries and more.
Dorothy Smith Letterman, 88, of Newton, died Feb. 3, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Letterman family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Flint Gilbert, 62, of Iron Station, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center in Lincolnton. Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Itâ€™s nearing 3 p.m. on Friday â€” almost â€śrace time.â€ť
Gerald Bennett takes his hands out of his pockets and takes a few steps toward Grace Church Road.
â€śIn 10 minutes, this road will turn into I-40, qualifying for the Daytona 500,â€ť Bennett said.
Bennett, a longtime resident of Grace Church Road in the Blackburn area, has watched â€śspeedersâ€ť race down his street for 10 years. Friday, he showed The O-N-E first hand.
A few cars pass by, tempting the roadâ€™s unmarked speed limit of 55 mph. Then, at about 3:08 p.m., they started coming.
Hickory-headquartered Corning Inc. will help thousands of mobile users enjoy Super Bowl activities this weekend in Indianapolis.
Corning MobileAccess, which is part of Corning Inc.â€™s telecommunications segment, recently installed distributed antenna systems (DAS) technology at several major venue sites in Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI.
Friendship defeats bullying.
Shuford Elementary School students learned that message all week during programs, contests and lessons that taught them no one has to be a victim of bullies.
"We learned how to help your friends when there are bullies," said fifth-grader Tamiya Artis. "If you do something good, you get something in return â€” friends."
Daily themes shaped the week's activities. Students wore hats Tuesday to "put a lid on bullying." On another day, students wore tie-dyed shirts and some read quotes about peace on the school's intercom.
A Conover woman faces child abuse charges after police said she was seen tampering with her infant daughter's intravenous line at a Charlotte hospital.
The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) after hospital staff saw Ladonna Kaye Parlier, 26, injecting a substance into her 5-month-old daughter's IV line.
Police said they caught Parlier on surveillance video abusing her child.
Detectives said she pulled a syringe from her daughter, Naomi's, IV line, then injected an "unknown substance" into the IV.
Summer will be two weeks shorter for students and teachers in the Catawba County Schools system - but that might not be such a bad thing, according to some.
More details on next yearâ€™s school calendar in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.
Newton-Conover High School received remains from the World Trade Center, and the 110-pound piece of 9/11 history will be unveiled during a community ceremony later this month.
The exit of Gov. Beverly Perdue from the 2012 North Carolina gubernatorial race opened the door for a variety of serious and rumored candidates on both party tickets.
Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory â€” a Republican who lost to Perdue in the 2008 race for governor â€” and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, a Democrat, are in the race.
Current Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and former UNC system president Erskine Bowles said they won't run for the state's top government position.
Have you picked a candidate to support in the governor race?
Bessie Cresimore McGee, 96, formerly of Newton, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Catawba Valley Assisted Living at Rock Barn in Claremont. The McGee family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) will have a new calendar next year that will shorten teacher and student summers by nearly two weeks.
Some of the system's teachers say they donâ€™t mind the change and are praising the â€śearly-startâ€ť calendar thatâ€™s more similar to schedules used in previous years.
The CCS Board of Education unanimously approved a new 185-day calendar this week that will start teachers Aug. 2 and students Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year. The last day of student classes will be May 23, 2013.