November 25th, 2011
On the day after Thanksgiving, The O-N-E edition arriving at homes today focuses on community efforts to deliver a happy holiday on the areaâ€™s needy.
While those community servants serve other area residents, Maiden native Joe Lineberger is serving his nation - just as he has for more than 60 years. Lineberger, 80, served 28 years in active duty with the U.S. Airforce and since then he has served 32 years as a civilian. He recently received the Spirit of Service Award and The O-N-E tells his story in the print and online at www.observernewsonline.com.
Charles Robinson and Richard Clark arrived in downtown Hickory at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. They were waiting on a turkey.
â€śWe werenâ€™t even the first ones here,â€ť Clark said. â€śThere was already a line."
Robinson and Clark were two of about 200 people who lined up early Wednesday morning to receive a free turkey and â€śfixin bagâ€ť at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries on 1st Avenue in Hickory.
Joe Lineberger just missed serving in World War II.
The Maiden native hasn't missed much since in a military service career than spans six decades.
The Department of Defense recently honored Lineberger, now 80 and the civilian equivalent of a three-star general, with the Spirit of Service award for his time and work in the Air Force. He currently works as a civilian at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
"I never thought a little country boy from Maiden, Newton and Catawba County would see the things I've seen," Lineberger said this week in an interview with The O-N-E.
A Newton man was stabbed in the abdomen early Tuesday morning in front of his home on North Main Avenue.
Brandon Michael Beatty, 20, of 1319 N. Main Ave. in Newton, was stabbed with a sharp, bladed object about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday in the driveway in front of his residence.
Beatty was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening lacerations to his stomach. He was not listed as a patient at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Parts of Center Street in Hickory will be closed periodically for repaving beginning Monday.
South Center Street will be paved from Main Avenue to N.C. 127, and North Center Street will be paved from 3rd Avenue to 5th Avenue.
One lane along the street will be open most of the time during the daytime paving project.
Work on North Center Street in front of Frye Regional Medical Center's main entrance may cause closure of the entire street at times. A city spokesperson said that part of the project may be completed at night.
The project is expected to take about a week.
Stores in Catawba County plan to open their doors late Thursday and early Friday to entice shoppers for annual Black Friday deals.
Some of the major Black Friday sales include:
Walmart in Conover â€” Deals start at 10 p.m. Thursday
Best Buy in Hickory â€” Opening at 12 a.m. Friday
Target in Hickory â€” Opening at 12 a.m. Friday
Valley Hills Mall â€“ Opening at 6 a.m. Friday
Stores inside the mall:
Belk â€” Opening at 3 a.m.
Dillardâ€™s â€” Opening at 7 a.m.
JC Penney â€” Opening at 4 a.m.
Weâ€™re a day away from Thanksgiving, and The Observer News Enterpriseâ€™s Wednesday print edition is jam-packed.
Subscribers and readers who pick up a copy of Wednesdayâ€™s feature edition will find OUTLOOK, The O-N-Eâ€™s holiday gift guide, United Arts Council of Catawba Countyâ€™s quarterly calendar and hundreds of great gift ideas detailed in dozens of advertisements and inserts from area retailers. Pick up The O-N-E to learn where all the Black Friday deals are waiting.
CVCC freshman Matrice Sweezy does a good job giving the basketball to her teammates.
She also succeeds when she keeps the ball in her hands.
Sweezy scored a game-high 17 points for the Lady Bucs on Tuesday, leading her team to the 69-41 victory over Mount Olive at CVCCâ€™s Multipurpose Complex.
â€śShe shoots the ball well, but Iâ€™d rather see her distribute the ball,â€ť said CVCC coach Tommy Edwards. â€śShe shoots the ball really well. Sheâ€™s been a pleasant surprise for us, both handling the ball and scoring. We were fortunate when she decided to play for us.â€ť
This photo of Terence Nixon is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
Nixon and other homeless people participated in a game of Bingo on Nov. 15 at The Hickory Soup Kitchen. A twice-monthly event, Bingo game winners receive blankets, toilet paper, hygiene products and other basic needs.
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They may be getting older, but theyâ€™re still â€śbooming.â€ť
The areaâ€™s large population of baby boomers is surviving, creating a rapidly growing elderly population that the county must prepare for.
â€śWe want to be on the forefront of a senior-friendly and livable community,â€ť said John Eller, director of Catawba County Social Services. â€śAs we age, we want to make sure Catawba County is a place where we want that to happen."