In an economic climate filled with unemployed citizens, tech graduates are finding jobs.
The Universal Technical Institute â€” which recruits area high school students to its schools in Mooresville and 11 other locations across the nation â€” landed jobs for four out of five of its graduates in automotive, motorcycle, and other technician roles in recent years.
The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will close the right lane of eastbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 124 in Hickory at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to repair a 60-foot section of highway.
Weather permitting, the work will be completed no later than Friday, according to NCDOT.
The concrete slab under the highway has deteriorated and will be replaced. Once that is completed, crews will repave the highway. The paving work will be done during the day while temperatures are above 40 degrees, according to NCDOT.
Newton City Council will install Anne P. Stedman as the city's first female mayor tonight. It will also appoint a citizen to fill her unexpired council seat to conclude the 7 p.m. meeting at city hall.
Stedman replaces outgoing Mayor Robert Mullinax, and leaves behind two years in her council term. She has served as the city's mayor pro tem since her re-election in 2009. City Council will also elect a new mayor pro tem tonight.
Catawba Countyâ€™s Christmas Bureau is delivering a happy holiday for families throughout the Hickory Metro. Find out about how the annual event operates so smoothly - and the people who dedicate themselves to its mission - inside The O-N-Eâ€™s print and online editions.
A man stopping to pick-up pizza in Claremont walked away from his running car, and came back to find an empty parking police. Police found the car Monday, but they are still looking for the joy-riders. Details only in The O-N-E print edition.
The latest dual team coaches poll was released Monday, and included among the ranks are four Catawba County teams.
Newton-Conover is the highest ranked tean among those in the 2A ranks, while Foard is the top 3A team.
The Red Devils (15-0), coming off a second tournament win in a row this past weekend at North Iredell, received 166 votes, including two first-place votes.
N-C trailed only Croatan and Piedmont in the poll.
Bandys also received votes in the 2A ranks, but was just outside the top five in sixth place.
Local golfers Thomas Lilly and Tyler Lail were among the top finishers at one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the state of North Carolina.
Lilly, a junior at Maiden High School, finished fourth in scoring on Sunday among a field of 57 golfers at the 22nd Charles Tilghman Junior Championships.
He completed the tournament in 18th place at 7-over-par. Among boys age 15-16, he came in eighth.
Bunker Hill senior Tyler Lail, the reigning CVAC golfer of the year, finished in a tie for 28th with two other golfers.
CHARLOTTE â€” Olindo Mare's future in Carolina may be in doubt.
Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are considering bringing in kickers for workouts Tuesday after veteran Olindo Mare missed another big field goal in Carolina's 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
With the Panthers trailing 24-23, Mare hooked a 36-yard field goal wide left with 5:16 left in the game. Two plays later Matt Ryan connected with rookie wide receiver Julio Jones on a 75-yard touchdown pass and the Falcons went on to erase beat the Panthers after erasing a 16-point halftime deficit.
Troy Cansler wasnâ€™t going to miss the Catawba County Christmas Bureau this year for anything â€” even if that meant risking his health.
Cansler, who has volunteered at the Bureau for five years, has cancer.
â€śI had a doctor take me off chemo four weeks ago just so I could be here,â€ť Cansler said. â€śI wouldnâ€™t be here doing it if I didnâ€™t want to. I love it and I really enjoy just helping people out.â€ť
Cansler is one of the many volunteers who make the Bureau go.
The Catawba County Christmas Bureau will help thousands of area children have presents this year.
The Bureau brings together all kinds of organizations each year in an effort to provide toys, clothes and bicycles to needy families. This year, despite down donation levels, Bureau officials anticipate helping about 1,500 families.
â€śWe have a very generous community, but itâ€™s unfortunate itâ€™s not quite always enough,â€ť Salvation Army Capt. Christine Harris said Monday.
The story of Zahra Baker's death touched a father so much he decided to honor one of his daughters through a gift to a playground that will benefit all children.
Jim Shuford, president and CEO of Shurtape Technologies Inc., recently gave $25,000 to the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club for the Zahra Baker All-Children's Playground. He made the donation in honor of his daughter, 11-year-old Josephine Baker Shuford, according to a press release from the city of Hickory.