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December 27th

Snow pictures wanted

December 27, 2010

The O-N-E wants to see your favorite snow pictures.

Send us your snowman, snow angel or any other snow-related pictures. Pictures will be posted on our website, as well as in future print editions.

Upload the pictures to our website by clicking on "submit a photo" or e-mail pictures to onenews@observernewsonline.com.

December 24th

Elderly couple dies in crash

December 24, 2010

An elderly Maiden couple died after an automobile accident Thursday morning on N.C. 16.
Vera Caldwell, 90, was driving herself and her husband, Frank, 94, in their 2002 Ford Escape when they were hit by a 2011 Honda minivan driven by Heather Joyner, 40, of Hickory.
The impact spun the Caldwells’ car onto the shoulder of the road in the southbound lane and sent Joyner’s car off the road to the left.
Joyner was treated and released at Frye Regional Medical Center.

December 23rd

Friday, December 24, 2010

December 23, 2010

Norma Sue Monday, 66, of Conover, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at her residence.  A private service was held Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010.

A 'bright' Christmas for residents

December 23, 2010

Catawba County residents might not have a white Christmas this year.

But for many residents, it will be a bright Christmas with elaborate and festive holiday decorations.

Homes throughout the county are decorated in varying degrees of holiday cheer, with white and colored lights, inflatable snow globes, nativity scenes and, of course, Christmas trees.

"We decorate every year," said Patty Tucker, who lives with her family on West Sixth Street in Newton. "We've gotten a little more extensive with it since the kids have come."

Conover looks to the future

December 23, 2010

Conover strives to be a "community of choice" in Catawba County.

This means a safe place for residents and their families and a dynamic economic environment for businesses, said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.

To make that vision a reality, city officials work to plan goals and realize those accomplishments each year, and the city adopted mission and vision statements about a year ago when Moritz took office.

Break-in reported at Geppeto's

December 23, 2010

Police are investigating a reported break-in after a thief made off with money from a popular area restaurant.

An employee of Geppeto's Pizza and More in Newton unlocked the downtown Newton restaurant Thursday at about 9 a.m. to find the cash register in disarray, said Newton Police Department Lt. M.D. Beal.

The employee called 9-1-1, and police arrived on the scene minutes later. After searching the building, investigators determined an unknown suspect gained access to the restaurant by prying open the back door.

NPD hires traffic safety officer

December 23, 2010

Speeders and drunk drivers beware.

Newton Police Department recently hired a traffic enforcement officer to keep the city a safe place to live, work and drive.

Officer Brett Williams will patrol Newton's streets, looking for traffic violations in an effort to make the city and its citizens safer.

"My main objective is to make our city a safer place to live," Williams said. "We will be actively looking for infractions."

From the editor's desk: Remember God, not Santa

December 23, 2010

Dear Santa, “My baby cosin caleb needs a new heart because half of his heart is not thayr. He ben so good. He doesn’t need to have half a heart.”
Dear Santa,
“I want a Xbox because I never have one before. I want a cote for my family in vitnam beause I don’t want dem to be called. I want my mom and dad to stop fighting each other. Santa you our the best man ever. I was good Santa.”

On the news beat: A modern Christmas carol

December 23, 2010

“A Christmas Carol” has always been one of my favorite holiday tales.
There’s the wicked Ebenezer Scrooge with his miserly ways, the good-hearted Bob Cratchit and, of course, the three ghosts of Christmas who aim to change Scrooge’s life forever.
I first became familiar with the story as a little girl when my brother, sister and I watched “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” hundreds of times each holiday season on a worn-out VHS cassette.
We balked at the cruelty of Scrooge McDuck and cheered when Mickey and Minnie enjoyed a Christmas dinner with Tiny Tim at the movie’s conclusion.

December 22nd

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 22, 2010

Teresa Lynn Mitchell, 52, of Claremont, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Grace Keisler Leonard, 76, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Leonard family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  
 

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