January 24th, 2012
The Lincolnton furniture maker who is working to bring his industry home from China made a second voyage to Washington, D.C., in less than a month.
This time Bruce Cochrane was First Lady Michelle Obama's special guest for President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.
Cochrane is president and CEO of Lincolnton Furniture, and after his family furniture company was sold and moved to China in 1997, he recently decided to bring one of the region's lifeblood industries back to home.
Johnny Hicks experienced a rough night Jan. 14.
Starting about 11:30 p.m., he became weak and sick on his stomach.
Hicks had eaten at the Harbor Inn seafood restaurant in Conover that day.
"We were in a party of six," his wife Jan said Tuesday. "I was the only one who didn't eat salad. So it was either the salad or the salad dressing."
About 40 people have officially reported becoming sick after eating at Harbor Inn in the days around Jan. 13, said Amy McCauley, outreach manager for Catawba County Public Health (CCPH).
Attorneys for former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield are asking a federal appeals panel to reinstate his lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test at Richmond International Raceway in 2009.
A wave of car break-ins is washing over Newton. Seven residents - many in the same neighborhood - became victims of thieves during the weekend. Where did it happen? Find out in the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.
Newton middle-schoolers are landing in court - but they haven‚Äôt broken any laws.
Catawba County accepts used cooking oils at its Blackburn convenience center starting in February.
And the campaign for a gay marriage ban continues in North Carolina.
More details on these stories are available in the Tuesday print and online edition of The O-N-E. Also featured in The O-N-E:
Numbers tell the story. None rings truer than the girls basketball team at Newton-Conover.
The squad features eight players, sometimes seven given injuries.
Ike Williams, first-year coach for the Lady Red Devils, said he‚Äôs used the hurdle as a motivator.
‚ÄúI call them the ‚ÄėCrazy Eight,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Williams said. ‚ÄúThey are on their way to becoming the ‚ÄėGreat Eight.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
The encouragement by their new coach is working.
The Lady Red Devils (15-3, 7-1) are in second place in the Catawba Valley 2A heading into Tuesday‚Äôs pivotal home contest against the Lady Trojans of Bandys (17-0, 8-0).
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is headed to Hawaii.
The Carolina signal caller, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft, was added to the NFC Pro Bowl squad Monday in place of New York‚Äôs Eli Manning.
Manning and the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship to advance to Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, meaning Manning had to withdraw from the annual all-star game.
Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick was chosen to represent the Mountaineers in the 2012 Senior Bowl.
The game, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., features some of the country‚Äôs top senior athletes and potential NFL prospects.
Quick is the second ASU player to play in the game, joining wideout Dexter Jackson, who played in the game back in 2007.
The 6-foot-5-inch Quick leads the program all-time in receiving yards (3,418), receptions (202) and touchdown catches (31).
Donald Grey Wooten, 76, of Vale, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at his residence. The Wooten family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Joel Dean Bishop, 58, of Newton, died after a lengthy illness Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at his residence. The Bishop family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
On appearance, it looks and sounds like real court.
‚Ä®There‚Äôs a judge, a jury, defendants and attorneys.
There‚Äôs even a sworn Newton police officer who serves as the court‚Äôs ‚Äúbailiff.‚ÄĚ
However, when the ‚Äúcharges‚ÄĚ are discussed and the verdict is read, it‚Äôs clear this isn‚Äôt exactly a court room.
‚ÄúThe jury thinks the defendant should do one day of silent lunch and write their teacher an apology letter,‚ÄĚ read Austin Drum, a sixth-grade student at Newton-Conover Middle School and the lead juror at the school‚Äôs Teen Court recently.‚Ä®
Police are reminding residents to lock their cars after thieves targeted nine different vehicles in Newton over the weekend.
‚Ä®The break-ins all occurred overnight Jan. 20 in the northern part of the city, and Newton Police believe the incidents are related.
‚Ä®No arrests have been made.
Three break-ins occurred at 415 W. 20th St. in Newton.
Break-ins also occurred at:
* 529 W. 15th St.
* 812 Westbrook Drive‚Ä®
* 822 Westbrook Drive‚Ä®
* 304 W. 18th Drive
* 220 W. 18th Drive
* 2034 N. Drum Ave.
* 415 W. 20th St.