The Daily Press The Observer News Enterprise | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-22T11:30:26-05:00 Police provides meals2014-12-22T11:30:26-05:002014-12-22T11:30:26-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News Enterprise Lt. Donna Hartman is heading up the program and worked to expand it for the holiday season, delivering meals to the 22 clients the program serves. 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.Maiden, N.C.Tiffany FieldsMaiden Police provides mealsObserver News County searches for felon2014-12-22T11:27:21-05:002014-12-22T11:27:21-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseThe hunt began with a car chase that lasted about 10 minutes that started when Catawba County authorities spotted Jeffery Tucker driving through Maiden. 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.Maiden, N.C.Cigi SparksCatawba County searches for felonObserver News OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookie2014-12-22T11:11:57-05:002014-12-22T11:11:57-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News Enterprise<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Newton, N.C.No author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday CookieObserver News scam hits Catawba County once again2014-12-18T12:30:49-05:002014-12-18T12:30:49-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseRecently, local citizens who wished to remain anonymous told the O-N-E that they had seen the calls flooding in as well.There's no need to be alarmed though. To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.Catawba County, N.C.Cigi SparksIRS scam hits Catawba County once againObserver News politicians get payouts from broker2014-12-18T12:26:25-05:002014-12-18T12:26:25-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseNewton, N.C.The Associated PressCarolinas politicians get payouts from brokerObserver News 10 wreck kills power at Startown2014-12-18T12:21:14-05:002014-12-18T12:21:14-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseNewton, N.C.No author availableHwy. 10 wreck kills power at StartownObserver News OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 20142014-12-17T16:58:05-05:002014-12-17T16:58:05-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News Enterprise<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Newton, N.C.No author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014Observer News Ministry2014-12-17T16:02:26-05:002014-12-17T16:02:26-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseWith the season of holiday happiness and generous giving at hand, prompting individuals everywhere to search their hearts and pockets to serve others, Brymer is counting on the nonprofit’s annual community donation effort, the Christmas Fund, to meet the needs of disadvantaged citizens. However, the organization is drastically low on donations this year, down nearly $60,000 from last year’s total during the first week of December.Christian Ministry commenced its yearly six-week fundraising effort in November and has just one week left in the operation.While Brymer recently suffered some significant setbacks in her health, preventing her from being as active a participant in the fundraiser as in past years, she refused to let her ailments keep her from her life’s calling and what she considered to be her second home at the ministry. “I’m a very determined individual,” she said, “and I want to make sure that money is there…I don’t want to disappoint God…He’s calling me, and I owe him the very best I can do.”Brymer felt it has always been her sole obligation in life to care for those less fortunate—individuals who, over the decades, have become more than just passersby on the street, but rather faces and hearts of people she truly loves.A majority of those who frequent the ministry and soup kitchen each day have been disabled or unable to secure employment and consistent income for a period of months or years, she noted.Non-profit officials hoped that this year’s Christmas Fund would draw in a donation total matching the community’s benevolence in 2013.With more than $110,000 collected during last year’s effort, the ministry was able to provide for families in the months following the winter holidays. Each year, any additional money from the fund helps fill the soup kitchen’s food pantry, cover the cost of clients’ water and power bills, purchase items for home meal deliveries and any other necessities vital for the organization’s stability and the survival of needy citizens. However, Brymer and the 50 to 75 volunteers who assist in the nonprofit’s daily operations—from interviewing disadvantaged families and handing out soup kitchen meals to taking calls and packing gifts and food boxes—never cease to pray for the impossible, especially since small, unexplained miracles have been the precedent at Christian Ministry for years. From the time Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina unexpectedly delivered an additional truck of food 30 minutes after Brymer and a friend finished praying for extra pantry items to the knock at the door the ministry received from a local church official offering leftover coleslaw the day ministry officials had limited lunch for hungry clients, God continues to provide, Brymer revealed.“It’s the little things of God that make us stick with it,” she said.And the divine provision has continued to grow with the ministry’s escalating client numbers. From 15 families a day during the 1980s to an average of 60 families a day receiving interviews at the ministry this year, needs are great but donations sometimes low. The crowd of individuals that daily swarms the soup kitchen has also risen across the decades from 30 to 200.“I feel like it’s a battle,” Brymer said, “that the Lord and I fight for the people who can’t stand-up for themselves, who can’t speak for themselves. I feel very responsible not only to God but also to the people.”While more than 100 area churches continually supporting the nonprofit by offering food donations and volunteer work throughout the year, Christian Ministry requires an entire community of people to exist and reach its goals, especially with more than 500 families—and between 800 and 1,000 children—already on the holiday assistance list. “The whole community needs to jump in and take part,” Brymer said. “If we didn’t feed…and clothe these people, this (poverty) would be a huge problem for Lincoln County.”Volunteers thoroughly screen the families, and each receives a food box worth $150 to $200; children are also given appropriate toys for their age groups.Little donations pour in each year, however, for ages 9 to 14, volunteers said. While shelves remain stocked with baby dolls, sports balls and other items for younger children, there is a lack of additional playthings including puzzles, games, coloring books, Play-Doh and art supplies.There is also a shortage of children’s undergarments and baby items such as strollers and swings. Brymer’s favorite parts of the annual effort are the days before and during the handoutwhen evidence of the community’s wealthy generosity is most evident. Not only does she pray over the food pile the night before the event but she also sheds tears of joy the following morning when client vehicles and volunteers pack the property.“When I see the cars being loaded and look out my office window and see all the young people (helping),” Brymer said, “I cry every time. I know that people are hurting, and they deserve a Christmas, and we are able to give them one.”Differences in socioeconomic background and financial status disperse on that day, revealing a community united in faith. “None of us are better than anyone else,” Brymer said. “Anybody could do (my) job, but God has me in this seat for a little while.”The Christmas Fund handout will be Dec. 22. A makeup day will be Dec. 23. For more information or to volunteer, call Christian Ministry at (704) 732-0383 or stop by at 207 S. Poplar Street in Lincolnton. The facility is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; the soup kitchen is open 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily including holidays. Individuals are specifically needed to push wheelbarrows and pack items. Lincoln CountyJenna-Ley HarrisonChristian MinistryObserver News the Past 2014-12-17T15:52:46-05:002014-12-17T15:52:46-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseHead of the Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) and Museum, Jason Harpe often finds himself wrapped up in conversations over century-old period pieces, inside an underground tomb or knee-deep in church-cemetery dirt cleaning and resetting headstones as long-standing as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. “My goals as Executive Director…include finding, collecting and preserving artifacts and objects that document Lincoln County’s history,” Harpe noted. Most pieces included in the county museum stem from local citizens, their relatives, or on occasion, local government.His duties additionally include inventorying and cataloging collections of documents and photographs as well as collaborating with various other local organizations interested in promoting and safeguarding Lincoln County’s history—particularly the restoration of well-known structures and landmarks throughout the area.“Lincoln County has such a long story past with so many historic resources to preserve,” Harpe said, “that there is always work for me to do.”He and fellow LCHA historians accomplish their goals by organizing exhibitions, writing and publishing books and completing school programs and special events, among other creative avenues.The LCHA is currently carrying out a number of restoration projects including work on the Eureka Manufacturing Company Cotton Mill in Lincolnton, converting it into a permanent home for the Catawba Valley Pottery Center.Built between 1907 and 1911, the brick textile mill served as the town’s prime money-making source at the time, according to local organization is also in the process of turning the Mundy House in Denver into an Eastern Lincoln County historical center. The project commenced in October and is slated for completion in June, Harpe said.Not only does Harpe participate in the preservation projects of historical sites but also advocates for their official designation on the National Registrar of Historic Places.The paperwork process, though tedious and time-consuming, is a passion the LCHA director finds necessary for the good of both the town’s people and future.Harpe also hopes to add the Madison-Derr Iron Furnace in Pumpkin Center to the list in the near future and continuing utilizing the site for archaeological investigations.“Learning about and from history…is more than important,” he said. “It is imperative. At the (very) least, people should want to learn a little about their families and the places where their families lived and worked.”Established in 1779, Lincoln County has a timeless legacy that annually draws crowds of non-residents and visitors to the area each year.From the famous Revolutionary War’s Battle of Ramsour’s Mill reenactment each May to the handful of renowned historical figures occupying certain tombs inside the cemetery at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton, Lincoln County is distinctive from its surrounding neighbors, making the quaint community irresistibly iconic to its residents.While Harpe lives outside Lincoln County lines, he can’t help but consider the area, and Lincolnton in particular, his second home.“It has been a major part of my life for a very long time,” he said. “I have grown up professionally (here) and there are so many people who are like family to me.”It wasn’t until attending college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that Harpe, a freshman at the time, cultivated an interest for antiquated customs and relics—150,000 of which reside inside the Lincoln County museum.“I had a wonderful world civilization professor,” he said, “who changed my academic course with her love of history.” Harpe went on to obtain an undergraduate degree in history in 1996 followed by a Master’s in public history a decade later.The seasoned historical expert maintains additional credibility in his field with a variety of certifications including a Gravestone and Monument Conservation Certification from The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, a Trailmaster Certification from Trailbuilding Specialists and a Preservation Trades School Certificate from Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, NC.Harpe even maintains his own consulting company, a business venture that stemmed eight years ago from his LCHA responsibilities.“I started doing consulting work…after groups in various counties called me about doing small consulting projects for them,” he said.The side work, though similar in nature to that of his Lincoln County day job, provides him additional opportunities to keep local history alive. Lincoln CountyJenna-Ley HarrisonProtecting the Past Observer News celebrate more than 100 years2014-12-17T11:52:42-05:002014-12-17T11:52:42-05:00Copyright 2010 Observer News EnterpriseNewton, N.C.No author availableSisters celebrate more than 100 yearsObserver News