November 3rd, 2011
Catawba County officials say a state ranking system hinders job creation here and throughout North Carolina.
The stateâ€™s economic ranking system â€” the â€śtier structureâ€ť â€” revolves around tax incentives for expanding businesses. The state gives growing companies larger incentives if they set up shop in a lower-tiered area â€” or one it considers more economically distressed â€” and less to counties ranked as more economically successful. Â Â
Catawba County will collect household hazardous waste at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory on Saturday.
All types of electronic products will be accepted for disposal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizers of the collection say this is a very important event because these the products should not be trashed with other garbage. They say the materials can easily contaminate groundwater.
â€śThe County has contracted with Clean Harbors to handle the collection of household hazardous waste and eCycleSecure to collect electronic waste,â€ť said Amanda Kain, Catawba Countyâ€™s Waste Reduction Coordinator.
Adam Troy Baker is scheduled to be back in Caldwell County District Court in January, but that appearance may not happen.
District Court Judge Burford Cherry agreed to continue the case against Baker, but WSOC-TV Channel 9 reports that Bakerâ€™s case could be turned over to grand jury members during the week of Nov. 14.
Five schools in Caldwell County were on "soft" lockdown for a period of time Thursday morning.
Kings Creek, Oak Hill and Lower Creek elementary schools, along with Hibriten and South Caldwell high schools, implemented the school systemâ€™s soft lockdown protocol at the recommendation of the Caldwell County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Officials from the Sheriffâ€™s Office contacted the school system around 6:45 p.m., and the affected schools went on lockdown at 7:30 a.m.
They remained on soft lockdown until 9:30 a.m.
From NASCAR to N.C. DOC, Jeremy Mayfield is back in trouble with the law over accusations of methamphetamine usage, stolen property possession and guns.
Newton-Conover High School students are conquering physics and the competition - in OVERTIME!
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Seven Maiden Council candidates vie for three seats.
Down 1-0 at halftime against West Davidson, the Newton-Conover soccer team rallied.
The Red Devils (21-2-1) to score one goal in the second half and another in the second overtime.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a tough one,â€ť said N-C coach Angelo Palozzi. â€śThey did their scouting report. They had their gameplan, which was to sit back, put a couple guys on Chandler and let the rest of the team beat them.â€ť
West Davidson took a 1-0 lead behind a header goal in the 25th minute by David Monk. The Green Dragons carried the advantage into halftime.
Search teams found a Denver man early Thursday morning about eight hours after he was reported missing.
Searchers found Johnny Thompson, 72, in a wooded area about a half mile from his home at 3 a.m. Thursday. Thompson was awake and leaning against a tree.
Lincoln County EMS Parademics evaluated Thompson and took him to the hospital.
At 7:55 p.m. Wednesday, Denver Fire Department responded to the report of a missing person in the area of St. James Church Road and Kidville Road. The Lincoln County Land Search Team and other groups helped search for Thompson.
Seven candidates hope to secure a seat on the Maiden Town Council in this year's election.
Only three men will be successful in that quest.
Incumbents David Boldon, Max Bumgarner Jr. and Howard Ervin are running for re-election.
They are joined by challengers George McClellan, who served four years ago on the council; Mike Moore, who served on the council from 2007-2009; William (Bill) Cashion, who is running for the first time; and Wayne McKinney.
Only Boldon, Bumgarner and Moore responded to an election survey from The O-N-E. Read more about those candidates on page 2.
Arthur “Art” Eugene Barnes, 92, of Newton, formerly of New York, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Condolences may be sent to the Barnes family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.
Nola May Fox Deal, 84, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton after a brief battle with cancer. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Deal family.
Later this month, Shivam Desai will coast 800 feet through downtown Lenoir while lying on his stomach in a wooden and metal car propelled by compressed air in a propane tank.
His physics teacher and his classmates will cheer him through the whole ride.
Desai and his honors physics classmates at Newton-Conover High School comprise one of at least six teams from Catawba County schools that will participate in the first Western North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Race.
"I want to be an engineer," said Desai, a senior. "So I was all game for this."