Area pharmacists will begin electronically monitoring pseudoephedrine-like purchases next week in an effort to curtail methamphetamine production statewide.
As part of a new state law tabbed â€śStop Methamphetamine Labs,â€ť pharmacists in Catawba County and across the state will begin logging pseudoephedrine and other sales of products used to make meth.
Lawmakers formed the law this summer to increase the regulation of pseudoephedrine products to curtail meth production and reduce costs to local governments for meth-lab cleanup costs. It was signed into law June 23.
William “Pete” Earl Turner, 71, of Newton, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Turner family.
Oswald "Ozzie" William Charles Jr., 68, of Conover, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Charles family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
At least four people plan to run for two open Catawba County Board of Commissioners seats in the 2012 election.
Filing for 2012 election races begins at noon Feb. 13 and continues through Feb. 29. However, Catawba County elections officials said candidates are currently allowed to file reports declaring their intention to organize an election campaign.
Two people â€” Steve Graves, of Hickory, and incumbent commissioner Barbara Beatty, of Newton â€” have already filed 2012 campaign organization reports at the Catawba County Board of Elections.
Area residents and businesses can expect gas prices to increase â€” again.
State officials announced last week that the gasoline tax will increase by almost 4 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.
The increase is the second this year alone, forcing local businesses like Yellow Cab Company to tighten a budgetary belt already squeezed.
â€śIt puts a hurting on all of us,â€ť said Yellow Cab General Manager Ron Stephens. â€śAll itâ€™s doing is making the rich man richer and poor man poorer.â€ť
Championship day for the Catawba Valley Classic is here, and basketball action at Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s Tarlton Complex tips off at 1 p.m.
A day full of hoops action concludes with championship games tonight when No. 1 seed Hickory faces No. 3 seed Newton-Conover in girls action. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the boys championship game No. 1 seed Hickory plays No. 3 Alexander Central in a game set to start at 8:30 p.m.
Just imagine flying across the nation on Christmas Day. Just imagine 12 nights in Burbank, Calif. Just imagine working six of those days under pressure, on deadline, with no pay. Just imagine being part of the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Just imagine what it feels like to see float No. 56 round the magic corner.
â€śJust Imagineâ€ť is the theme for the 123rd Rose Parade, and Conover resident Michael Paysour will be in Pasadena for the third year in a row as a float decorator.
Paysour, 59, is a retired teacher who taught U.S. history and civics at Fred T. Foard High School.
The Catawba Valley Classic continued Wednesday and The O-N-E provided live game coverage during all the girls action at Catawba Valley Community College. for complete details on the games and final scores from all the tournament action be sure to visit the blog: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2
In a match-up of teams from the same conference, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens battled Wednesday for non-conference bragging rights and a spot in the girls fifth-place game in the Catawba Valley Classic.
Tied 28-28, Foard pulled away with a 10-0 run in the third quarter, which helped lift the Tigers to the 57-35 rivalry victory against St. Stephens.
A free throw by Foardâ€™s Joe Isenhour with no time remaining lifted the Tigers past Maiden, 38-37, and into the fifth-place game of the Catawba Valley Classic.
After an inbound pass by the Blue Devils hit the ceiling, Foard had a chance to take the lead with the game tied 37-37.
Isenhour launched a 15-foot shot that missed the mark as the buzzer sounded
However, the referees called a foul on Maiden, giving Isenhour two free throw attempts.
He sank the first of two, giving Foard the victory.
Red Devils advance past Bunker Hill
CHARLOTTE â€” Police are investigating the reported theft of four guns worth $1,700 from a pickup truck owned by Carolina Panthers backup linebacker Kion Wilson.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg says in a report that Wilson reported robbers broke into his F250 truck. He says they stole a FN 57 handgun, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Glock 23, and a Smith and Wesson Body Guard 380.
Wilson said he discovered the break-in while driving after stopping at store parking lot near Northlake Mall on Monday.
Police say the door lock on the truck was also damaged.