September 23rd, 2011
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas â€” at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.
As Catawba County's community newspapers launch their third annual "Hometown Christmas" campaign, the Christmas spirit will begin flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.
"On Thursday we were proud to host the first Christmas party of 2010," O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard said of the event held at Newton Expo.
A goal by Kenan Ruffner and strong defensive play allowed the Fred T. Foard soccer team to pick up its eight win of the season and sixth shutout.
â€śComing into tonightâ€™s game we knew Hibriten was coming off of a draw with St. Stephens on Monday,â€ť said Tigers coach Scottie Goforth. â€śWe wanted to make sure we took advantage of our possession and take care of the ball. I feel like the boys did that really well.â€ť
Ruffnerâ€™s goal came at the 24th minute on a corner kick by Khong Lo. The kick went in front of the net and was driven in on a header by Ruffner.
Catawba County is wants residents to stop littering and pick up a piece of trash.
As part of a two-week statewide initiative, the county is asking volunteer groups to help remove trash from roadways through the end of the month. The statewide LITTER SWEEP started Sept. 17 and will end Oct. 1.
â€śItâ€™s an effort to clean up litter on the roadsides in the community,â€ť said Kelly Groves, North Carolina Cooperative Extensive horticultural agent.
A Catawba County community garden saw a 500 percent increase in its produce and support this harvest.
The countyâ€™s Help Our People Eat (HOPE) gardens harvested and delivered 5,071 pounds of vegetables and fruit this year, an increase of nearly 4,000 pounds from 2010.
â€śThis year was a lot better due to the constant rain we had this year compared to last year,â€ť said Christine S. Cofer, HOPE director and employee in the countyâ€™s finance department.
Cofer said that with the help of volunteers and contributors, HOPEâ€™s three gardens had water available on site, contrary to prior years.
James â€śPJâ€ť Stanley was a man â€śwho always had his city in mind.â€ť
As a man who wore â€śmany hatsâ€ť for the city of Claremont, Stanley strived to protect, save and fight for the lives of his fellow citizen â€“ all sacrifices that friends, family and colleagues are remembering today.
On Wednesday night, Stanley died from complications during his short fight with leukemia. He was 61.
Claud Clifford Auton, 84, of PJ McRee Road, Maiden, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at CMC Lincoln in Lincolnton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Auton Family.
Donald Eugene Burleson, 56, of Conover, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Burleson family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
A Bandys basketball player made her decision to commit to Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Jesse Story, the defending player of the year in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference, announced her decision Wednesday to commit to the Bears. She will sign a full scholarship in early November, which is when schools are permitted to start signings for the 2012 season.
She made the decision to sign with L-R over Davidson, Mars Hill and her mother's alma mater, Appalachian State.
Second song and same sound, but different verse.
Bandys and Newton-Conover went to war on the volleyball court for the second time this season on Wednesday.
After losing a tough match at home in five games to the Lady Red Devils on Aug. 29, the Lady Trojans (8-1) would not suffer the same fate.
Taylor Sigmon, Jesse Story and Chelsey Queen combined for 45 kills, leading Bandys to a five-game road win of their own, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-10.
Maiden officials are planning to build a $1.7 million town hall, but itâ€™s unclear if the building will become a reality.
Town council members voiced their approval on Monday for renderings of a new 11,240-square-foot town hall that would feature a community room, multiple conference rooms and more offices for town officials. The building, which would be located at 19 N. Main Ave. in Maiden, has a projected cost of about $1.7 million.
Charlie Bunn had a passion for helping the hungry.
Several years ago on Thanksgiving Day, Bunn volunteered to leave his family's holiday gathering to take care of an alarm that went off at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM), the nonprofit crisis assistance organization in Newton where he volunteered many hours.
On the way home, Bunn found a homeless man, picked him up and took him home.
"Charlie walks into his home and tells his wife to set another plate," said the Rev. Robert Silber, executive director of ECCCM. "He had a passion."