November 10th, 2011
Billy Hoke worked at Warlong Glove in April 1943.
In the two years that followed, the teenage Hoke left his hometown of Conover to visit several U.S. states and walk all over Europe.
Along the way he dodged German torpedoes, avoided enemy gunfire and lost part of his left leg after stepping on a snow-covered ground explosive. He did it all as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard during World War II.
âI was in the 109th infantry, 28th division,â Hoke said this week during an interview with The O-N-E about his military service. âI walked everywhere I went.
A new state law intending to punish criminals who run from police may also place an extra burden on counties.
Lawmakers approved N.C. House Bill 427 this summer. The âRun and Youâre Doneâ law, which goes into effect Dec. 1, forces police to seize any vehicle involved in a felonious speeding-to-elude-arrest incident.
According to the law, those vehicles are then handed over to sheriffs â placing more cars, paperwork and up-front costs on county resources that are already slim.
Donald Floyd Jones, 73, of S. Ave., Maiden, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Jones Family.
George Edwin Hoke, 81, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hoke family.
WASHINGTON â Mitt Romney's claim that President Barack Obama "gave GM" to the United Auto Workers stood as one of the overstatements of the night Wednesday when Republican presidential candidates grappled with the economy in their latest debate. Several drifted from reality too in portraying regulations as a killer of jobs, if not the country itself.
A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts:
ROMNEY: President Barack Obama "gave GM to UAW, he gave Chrysler to Fiat."
THE FACTS: That's not what happened in the bailout.
The Observer News Enterprise proudly salutes our veterans, including World War II veteran John Caldwell of Newton. Read his account of the Omaha Beach in the Thursday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise. Also be sure to see the calendar events slated for Veteranâs Day observances in the county.
Beaming from ear to ear, Bandysâ Jesse Story made her college decision official on Wednesday.
The senior basketball player signed to play for Lenoir-Rhyne University starting next fall.
âIâm excited,â Story said of her basketball future at L-R. âI really like the coaches and team. When I got to interact with them, I felt accepted from the beginning. A lot of times when you go places, it felt awkward. I also wanted to be close to home.â
Story visited her parentsâ alma mater, Appalachian State, as well as Mars Hill and Davidson before making her decision final in the spring.
Three days after being indicted on charges of extortion and obstruction of justice, Shawn Clark maintains his innocence.
The Catawba County lawyer and former district attorney candidate turned himself in on Wednesday in Newton. He was released after posting a $50,000 secured bond and will appear in court Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. in Newton.
He said he intends to face the charges head on.
âI think the charges are absolutely ridiculous,â Clark said Wednesday afternoon. âIâm not going to hide from the charges. I feel very confident I am going to defend myself against them.â
A Newton-Conover High School physics class is building a soapbox derby car for the Nov. 19 Western North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Race in Lenoir.
Senior Shivam Desai â pictured here in a Nov. 3 story by The O-N-E â will drive the car for the NCHS team.
Teams from St. Stephens High School, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Hickory High School, Northview Middle School and Newton-Conover Middle School will also compete in the race, which is sponsored by Google and Appalachian State University.
Diane Ola Johnson Ekard, 66, of Hickory, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 8, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Ekard family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 940 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.
Robert Eugene Price, 91, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Price family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
John Caldwell stepped off a ship and onto Omaha Beach in France in June 1944.
He wore a field pack on his back, wielded a rifle and carried a radio.
The water was waist-deep.
âAnd Germans were on top of the hills with machine guns, mowing us down fast as we got off,â Caldwell said. âYou had to be alert. Itâs unbelievable, you know, that Iâm still here.â
Caldwell recently talked with The Observer News Enterprise about that day and his military service.