Amidst the growing community of Bethlehem and off the beaten path of N.C. 127 North, Bethlehem Branch Library offers an engaging blend of books and art.
The library, part of the Alexander County Library, opened five years ago on Rink Dam Road.
Through the efforts of the Bethlehem Branch Friends, the small library expanded last year and added a childrenâ€™s section.
Bud Caywood, president of Friends, Bethlehem resident, artist and poet, said the new area is called â€śthe gallery.â€ť
Patricia Ann Caldwell Little, 57, of Catawba, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the Palliative Care Unit of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital after a long-fought battle with leukemia. The Little family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
Zona Drum Weaver, 96, of Conover, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Conover Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Catawba Valley Community College was packed with Hmong flavor on Friday.
Students and residents representing the Hmong culture flocked to CVCCâ€™s Student Center on Friday to dance, sing and perform for area citizens.
The Hmong â€” an ethnic group from southern China, Laos and Vietnam â€” has its third largest American population in the Greater Hickory area.
The Hmong â€śNew Year Celebration,â€ť held annually around the American Thanksgiving holiday, was the theme of CVCCâ€™s Multicultural Series on Friday.
Jay Adams says real estate development is a competition.
Adams, a local real estate broker, said in changing economic times in Catawba County, different areas are in a competition for development.
Right now, Adams says thereâ€™s an obvious front runner.
â€śItâ€™s about which community plays the game the best,â€ť Adams said.
â€śRight now, itâ€™s pretty clear â€” thatâ€™s Conover.â€ť
In recent years, Conover has had dozens of small and large businesses relocate or expand within its city limits.
Leaf collection will be delayed in the next week for city of Newton customers.
One of the city's two loose-leaf collection trucks must be repaired, causing the delay.
Parts for the truck have been ordered, and repairs are scheduled to be completed by Friday, Dec. 9. Until then, the city will collect leaves with one truck.
For more information, contact Newton Public Works at 828-695-4310.
Conover will officially usher in the holiday season Tuesday.
Christmas in the Park begins at 6:30 p.m. at the city's Downtown Park.
After Mayor Lee Moritz welcomes those in attendance, choirs from Lyle Creek Elementary School, Conover School and Shuford Elementary School will sing a variety of Christmas carols.
Songs will include "Sleigh Ride," "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
The city plans to light its official Christmas tree just after 7 p.m., and Santa Claus will arrive soon after on a Conover Fire Department engine.
Thieves stole $20,000 in crop duster fertilizer from land in Sherrills Ford Wednesday night.
According to the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office, suspects driving a blue Dodge Dakota truck stole four aluminum tanks containing crop duster fertilizer from property owned by Joel Preston Lineberger, of 1673 Rufty St. in Catawba.
The larceny occurred sometime from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.
Lineberger, who owns property at 6239 Lineberger Road in Sherrills Ford, is a pilot and owns a crop duster plane, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has hired a lawyer and will appear in court again on Jan. 3.
Mayfield is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a charge that could carry a maximum prison sentence of 12-15 months, according to Catawba County court records.
More charges are expected to surface for Mayfield, whose home and property has been searched two times within the last month for stolen property originally taken from Lincoln, Iredell and Caldwell counties.
WASHINGTON â€” The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell last month to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy.
The Labor Department says the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn't been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.
Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added â€” the fourth straight month the government revised prior months higher.
Catawba Valley Community College received the largest financial gift in the schoolâ€™s 53-year history, and now the facilityâ€™s multi-purpose complex will be named in the donorâ€™s honor. Who made the donation and what will the schoolâ€™s one-of-a-kind facility be called? Find out in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and online at http://www.observernewsonline.com/content/biggest-gift.
A dead body was found in Lake Norman on Thursday morning, and police investigators are piecing together a puzzle to find out what happened. More details in The O-N-E.