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June 30, 2011

Janice Wilkinson Braswell, 70, of Conover, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at her residence.  The Braswell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Betty Jo Robinson Jacumin, of Hickory, died at her residence June 29, 2011. The Jacumin family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.

Maiden man faces animal cruelty charges

June 30, 2011

A Maiden man is facing five misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after officials found 100 dog carcasses on his property in March.

A criminal summons was issued June 22 from the District Attorney's Office for Billy Roy Hewitt, 68, of 4160 H.E. Propst Road, which stated that Hewitt "unlawfully and willfully did intentionally torment and deprive of necessary sustenance an animal." The summons said the cruelty charges reflect the health of three male dogs and two female dogs.

City's logo problem fixed

June 30, 2011

Newton's downtown 63-year-old water tank's logo size problem is fixed.

After the water tank had a fresh coat of paint from its rust, city officials requested a new "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" logo be painted. It was painted about two weeks ago, but was not done correctly.

Newton City Manager Todd Clark previously told The O-N-E that the red and blue graphic on the water tower was positioned wrong on both sides and was about a third of the size it was before the refurbishing project.

Man rescued from well

June 30, 2011

A Vale man is happy to be alive after falling 40 feet down an old well Thursday near the Lincoln County line in western Catawba County.  
First responders rescued Billy Townsend, 44, of Vale, on Thursday after he stepped on what he thought was a sturdy metal well cover and plummeted 25 feet into icy cold waters. He then descended another 15 feet.
“I don’t know if that well has a bottom, but I didn’t want to find out,” Townsend said, adding that the frigid well water was the worst part of the entire ordeal. “The whole time I was thinking, ‘Lord, just help me get out of this hole.’”

Slaughter talks sports, wrestling, video games

June 30, 2011

Wrestling superstar and WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter visited Hickory on Saturday as part of the Hickory Crawdads game against West Virginia.

During his time at the game, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton spoke to Slaughter and interviewed him on a variety of topics.

Q: Were sports something you played growing up?

SS: I played a lot of baseball growing up. I did the pony league, little league and the Babe Ruth league, Legion ball in high school. I played football, too.

Q: How did you transition that into a professional wrestling career?

Community Theatres Announce Upcoming Season

June 30, 2011

Four musicals, a Shakespeare classic and a “back by popular demand” comedy highlight the Hickory Community Theatre’s 2011-12 season.
Leading the fun on the Jeffers Theater main stage is the timeless classic musical “The Sound of Music” in September. It is followed by “Disney’s The Jungle Book —Kids” showing in October.

June 29th

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 29, 2011

Marilyn Flo Rockett Esch, 83, of Conover, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Alberta House in Conover. The Esch family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

William Charles Boyd, 61, of Newton, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his residence.  Arrangements are incomplete with Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.

Election filing to start Friday

June 29, 2011

Filing for 2011 municipal elections will start Friday for most cities and towns in Catawba County.

Those wishing to file for election or re-election can visit the Board of Elections office in the Catawba County Government Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Board of Elections Director Larry Brewer said potential candidates can also file for election through the mail, but said “most people come by the office because there are other forms to fill out, also.”

Investment gives market boost

June 29, 2011

Every day, the occasional train pulls a short line of box cars along portions of the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Catawba County. After chugging through farmland and rural pastures in Maiden, the railroad enters Newton, and then Conover — passing an array of abandoned textile and furniture plants that once thrived with life.

But since the millennium, the plants that once powered the county’s economy have lost about 34,000 jobs to other areas of the country and overseas. This caused some to say the furniture and textile industry in the Greater Hickory area was dead.

Truck catches on fire

June 29, 2011

Newton firefighters spray a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck that caught fire Wednesday in the driveway of a home at 1001 N. Davis St. in Newton.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said the truck owner turned the vehicle on, left the air conditioning running and then returned inside his home. When the owner went back to the truck minutes later, the car was smoking and on fire.

Yoder added that his department first received a call of a garage fire and subsequently dispatched multiple fire engines to the scene. Yoder said that normally only one engine responds to a regular car fire call.

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