The Daily Press The Observer News Enterprise | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-05-05T14:32:22-04:00 deer expected in backyards, by roads in NC 2015-05-05T14:32:22-04:002015-05-05T14:32:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseThe Citizen-Times of Asheville reports ( ) that 18 percent fewer white-tailed deer were harvested by hunters in North Carolina last deer season than the year before.The report from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission shows that 154,000 deer were harvested. The previous year hunters shot more than 188,000.Last year's harvest was the lowest since 144,000 deer were reported harvested almost a decade ago.The smaller harvest means more deer are expected to wander through backyards and along roadways this year.Newton, N.C.No author availableMore deer expected in backyards, by roads in NC Observer News Crook of the Day2015-05-05T14:13:47-04:002015-05-05T14:12:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseA 20-year-old is facing multiple charges after marijuana plants police say he was growing were found about 50 yards from the Georgetown, South Carolina City Police Department.Georgetown County Sheriff's Office agents arrested the Dekalb Street resident after a monthlong investigation, according to a news release. Agents found and seized 55 marijuana plants - with a street value of around $66,000 - from the residence and the woods behind it.Police said the man, who was inside the home at the time of the search, was arrested without incident. He was charged with manufacturing marijuana; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute marijuana a half-mile from Georgetown High School; and possession of drug paraphernalia.Georgetown, S.C.Staff ReportDumb Crook of the DayObserver News What's up2015-05-05T11:30:49-04:002015-05-05T11:27:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseRecycling EventRockTenn in Conover is hosting a recycling event by collecting aluminum drink cans until the end of May. All proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations accepted at RockTenn on 3rd Street SE in Conover. For any questions, call 464-5560.Art ReceptionMay 5BusinessSeminarsCVCC’s Small Business Center is presenting the “Step Up, Start Up” program, a series of seminars designed to help individuals interested in starting a business build a foundation for business success. The program consists of six seminars which will be presented on Tuesday evenings from May 5 through June 9 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CVCC’s Corporate Development Center. Participants can register for the entire series or individual sessions. There is no-cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. business ownership and compare them to their work experience, life goals, current and future financial needs, and their tolerance for risk. May 5CVCC WorkshopsAuto Dealers Prelicensing – Initial, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 and 13, at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 1001. The cost of the class is $200. Auto Dealer Renewal Training, Thursday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 1001. The cost of the class is $75. Escort Vehicle Operator Certification, Monday, May 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CVCC’s East Campus, Room 958. The cost of the class is $70. Vehicle Safety Inspection, Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CVCC’s Main CampusRoom VSL209. The cost of the class is $70. Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection - Initial, Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at CVCC’s Main Campus, Room VSL 209. The cost of the class is $70.Vehicle OBDII Emissions Inspection - Recertification, Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. to Noon at CVCC’s, Main Camus, Room VSL209. The cost of the class is $88.For more info contact Janet Lail, 828-327-7000, ext. 4116, or May 9Library EventIn celebration of Children’s Book Week Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is proud to host a performance by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 am. This nationally recognized touring company will present The Emperor’s New Clothes, a delightfully funny retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. It is the tale of a vain and selfish Emperor who is duped by a mother and her son who convince him they can make a magical suit of clothes that can only be seen by those who are truly intelligent and worthy of their positions. Of course, no one wants to admit that they cannot see the imaginary clothing, including the Emperor himself.The performance will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9th at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The Emperor’s New Clothes will be great fun for the entire family, and is free and open to the public. For more information stop by or call the children’s desk at 304-0500-7271.Pancake Breakfast and auctionThe Newton Kiwanis will host the 16th annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction from 7-10 a.m. of First United Methodist Church in Newton. Plates at $7 for adults and $3 for kids. Live auction begins at 9:30 a.m.All proceeds go to Terrific Kids, scholarships and other area youth projects.May 16Garden TourTickets are now on sale for Hickory Landmarks Society’s 21st Annual Romance of the Home and Garden Tour. Nine homes and/or gardens are featured on the tour. They will be opened to the public on Saturday May 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Homes and gardens are grouped in easily accessible areas around the city. Participants are provided with a map, driving directions and clear signage to find the tour sites which are within a 7 mile radius of the starting point at Maple Grove. This year’s tour features historic homes which date from 1915 to 1963 and in style from Georgian Colonial to Mid-Century modern. Gardens are formal and natural, including a picture perfect garden with a succession of outdoor rooms and a lakefront garden. Weather permitting the Foothills Region of the Antique Automobile Club of American will sponsor vintage autos at select sites on the tour.May 17Unity DayUnity Day with be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Newton-Conover Auditorium. The event will feature international food and music, folk dancing, an art exhibit and the presentation of the Unity Award. Admission is free.May 29Food DriveBring any canned foods to any of the listed fire stations by this date and help a local family in need. Sherrills Ford Terrell Fire/Rescue – Any baseBandys Fire/Rescue – Station 1, Denver Fire – HeadquartersMay 30Let’s Talk Pots Event Title: Let’s Talk Pots! with Shane Mickey Date(s): May 30, 2015 Meeting Time: 10:00 am Repeat Event: No Repeat Period Custom Repeat (if applicable):Event Location: CVCC Potters' Workshop Event Details:Newton, N.C.No author availableWeekly What's upObserver News'Avengers' sequel is second biggest US opener of all time2015-05-04T15:44:11-04:002015-05-04T15:44:11-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseBut "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.Although "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had some significant small screen competition: The Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs, and the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight.Numbers could shift by the time Monday actuals roll in, but it seems the robust counter-programming may have blockaded another record for Marvel and Disney.Still, for Disney's head of distribution Dave Hollis, the weekend was a "spectacular result" for the film, which cost a reported $250 million to produce.Playing on 4,276 screens, the audiences for "Ultron's" debut were 59 percent male and 41 percent under the age of 25."We're in rare air here," said Hollis. "Having the second biggest opening weekend in the history of the movie business is always going to be something you walk away overwhelmingly happy with. The momentum of the brand for Marvel at this point is really something to take a step back and admire."Marvel and Disney now boast the top three opening weekends of all time with "Avengers" and its sequel taking the top two slots and "Iron Man 3" in third place.Hollis said this is "confirmation" that these films are "bringing a completely different kind of filmmaking to cinema. They're creating events and characters and building worlds in a way that is drawing the attention of huge crowds."Rentrak's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian agreed that the failure to top the first film is "in no way" a disappointment."You have to put this into perspective. Considering the level of competition this weekend in the sporting world, it shows that movie going holds its own against all other options," he said.Also, while the first film's $207.4 million haul might just seem like a new benchmark to hit, Dergarabedian was quick to point out that opening above $200 million was "literally like breaking the box office sound barrier."Instead of a new industry standard, a $200 million opening might continue to be an industry rarity."Ultron's" future success is not in doubt either."These other options were single events. 'Avengers' has a very long playing time. This is a journey to $1 billion and beyond," he said.With $168 million in international sales this weekend, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has grossed $627 million globally in just 12 days. The film has yet to open in China and Japan.The rest of the top five was populated with holdovers, "The Age of Adaline," ''Furious 7," ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop," and the animated "Home."___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. "Avengers: Age of Ultron," $187.7 million ($168 million international).2. "The Age of Adaline," $6.3 million.3. "Furious 7," $6.1 million ($52.8 million international).4. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $5.6 million ($4.3 million international).5. "Home," $3.3 million ($17 million international).6. "Cinderella," $2.4 million ($7 million international).7. "Ex Machina," $2.2 million.8. "Unfriended," $2 million ($3.6 million international).9. "The Longest Ride," $1.7 million ($3.5 million international).10. "Woman in Gold," $1.7 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:1. "Avengers: Age of Ultron," $168 million.2. "Furious 7," $52.8 million.3. "Silent Separation," $28 million.4. "Home," $17 million.5. "Helios," $16.9 million.6. "The Left Ear," $15.5 million.7. "Cinderella," $7 million.8. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $4.3 million.9. "China Town," $3.8 million.Newton, N.C.No author available'Avengers' sequel is second biggest US opener of all timeObserver News's new princess is named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana2015-05-04T15:39:28-04:002015-05-04T15:39:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterprisePrince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Monday announced the name they picked for Britain's newborn princess, a choice seen as a tribute to both Prince William's parents and grandmother, the queen, as well as a link to Kate's family.The princess, the second child of William and Kate, will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials said.The birth of Princess Charlotte marks a new chapter for William and Kate, widely seen as the monarchy's most modern, popular couple, but the names they picked are firmly rooted in royal tradition. Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, appears to be a nod to the newborn's grandfather, Prince Charles. The baby's middle names honor Queen Elizabeth II, the infant's 89-year-old great-grandmother, and the late Princess Diana, William's mother and the baby's grandmother.Charlotte also features in Kate's family, as the middle name of her sister, Pippa Middleton.The newborn princess is fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William and her older brother, 21-month-old Prince George.William and Kate introduced the baby princess to the world Saturday evening, just 12 hours after Kate checked into St. Mary's Hospital in London to give birth. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces (3.7 kilograms).Her new name was warmly welcomed Monday by royal fans. Some were particularly pleased about the tribute to Diana, still remembered fondly by many. Diana, who died in 1997 at age 36, gave birth to William and Harry at the same London hospital where Charlotte was born."I so much wanted the name Diana to be in there somewhere," said Munever Halil, 52. "I wanted it to be Elizabeth Diana, so I think it's lovely."Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, also approved of the choice."Perfect names. My 2-year-old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing," he tweeted.Earlier Monday, Westminster Abbey's bells pealed and gun salutes were fired across London in honor of the newborn princess. In a display of traditional pageantry, dozens of deafening volleys were fired from Hyde Park and the Tower of London to mark the occasion.The royal couple had kept the world guessing about the baby's name until after both sets of grandparents got a chance to visit Kensington Palace on Sunday to meet their granddaughter.Bookmakers had taken huge amounts of bets on the name and Charlotte had been a front-runner alongside Alice and Victoria."Charlotte was the hot tip over the weekend," Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said. "We may have lost a fortune, but we're paying out with a smile and wish the duke and duchess all the best."Another bookmaker, William Hill, said they were relieved because their top bet had been Alice. Spokesman Rupert Adams said 5,096 bettors correctly guessed the name and his firm would pay out just over 100,000 pounds ($151,100) in the name market.Britain's royal history includes several Charlottes, a name originating from French, but most lived in the distant past. Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, was a keen botanist and founded London's Kew Gardens. Born in 1744, the queen had 15 children — including one Princess Charlotte, who grew up to marry a German duke.George IV also named his only child Charlotte in 1796, but she died in childbirth at the age of 21 in 1817, leading to a mass outpouring of grief in Britain.The new princess will be formally christened in the coming weeks, potentially in the same chapel at St. James's Palace, like her brother. Her godparents will likely be announced on the morning of the christening.Newton, N.C.No author availableBritain's new princess is named Charlotte Elizabeth DianaObserver News trio arrested for stealing, stealing again2015-05-04T12:40:17-04:002015-05-04T12:40:17-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseCatawba County, N.C.O-N-E ReportsNewton trio arrested for stealing, stealing againObserver News church recognizes annual Youth Sunday2015-05-04T12:35:44-04:002015-05-04T12:35:44-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News Enterprise"Youth Sunday is our regular worship service – just led by our youth group which consists of sixth graders to seniors in high school," said First Presbyterian's Senior Pastor, Steven Barnes.To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Newton, N.C.Cigi SparksNewton church recognizes annual Youth SundayObserver News Shaq Thompson goes No. 25 to the Carolina Panthers2015-05-01T17:23:20-04:002015-05-01T17:23:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseNewton, N.C.No author availableVIDEO: Shaq Thompson goes No. 25 to the Carolina PanthersObserver News charges 6 Baltimore officers in Gray's death 2015-05-01T11:44:16-04:002015-05-01T11:44:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseNewton, N.C.No author availableProsecutor charges 6 Baltimore officers in Gray's death Observer News finance director takes job with Hickory2015-05-01T10:59:09-04:002015-05-01T10:59:09-04:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseMiller was the Assistant Finance Director at the City of Hickory for six years, until 2001, before moving to his current position with Catawba County, as the Finance Director, for the last 14 years.To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Catawba County, N.C.O-N-E ReportsCounty finance director takes job with HickoryObserver News