BREAKING: Hometown Christmas grand prize winners announced

The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook are rewarding area residents who spend their holiday dollars at locally owned businesses in the Hickory Metro.

Today the Catawba County community newspaper announced grand prize winners in the Hometown Christmas shop-local campaign. During the Wacky Wake-up Crew on WNNC and 63 Big Ways, The O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard called the names of three area residents whose Christmas got a little brighter.

Hickory-resident Troy Stallings won a set of tires from Paramount Automotive. Jean Cloninger of Catawba and Rick Herman of Hickory won shopping sprees valued at more than $2,000.

“We created the Hometown Christmas program as a way to encourage people to shop locally during the holiday season. When people keep their dollars in the local economy, everyone benefits - we all become winners,” Willard said. “Today, we are excited to reward three people for shopping at one of our 70 Hometown Christmas participants with these special grand prizes.

“We also hope everyone in the Hickory Metro rewards the business owners that offer friendly customer service and a wonderful selection of quality products. These Hometown Christmas businesses invest in our community; deliver paychecks to employees; and create the foundation of our economy,” Willard continued. “The best way to reward them by spending your holiday dollars inside their stores.”

To find Hometown Christmas participants - businesses that support the shop-local mission, look inside the pages of The O-N-E and Outlook. Wherever you see an advertisement with the special Hometown Christmas logo, that’s where you’ll find a business that is locally owned and operated.

“With a week left before Christmas, there is still plenty of time to shop for friends and family,” Willard said. “Hometown Christmas businesses are the most convenient places to shop, and they are the best places to find gifts on every wish list.”