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The latest news in the Hickory and Western North Carolina area... brought to you in a lively discussion format on "newsMESH"! Join co-hosts Michael and Mary-Margaret as they discuss the headlines of the day, give their own spin on the topic, and listen to feedback from listeners. (Formerly O-N-E Shot news from The Observer News Enterprise)






219 1st Avenue SW Hickory, NC 28602 (828) 619-0048


newsMESH: April 20th, 2016

What would an episode of newsMESH be without a rant about 'banana day' from Willard? Bananas not your thing? Well, then good thing we have some guests joining us at the table for a recap of the Economic Summit held recently by the Chamber. We welcome Lindsay Keisler, Sr. VP - Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and Scott Millar, President of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, for an in depth look at what we have going on in the way of jobs, businesses, growth,...

newsMESH: January 15th, 2016

It's an industry fueling the nation - and here in Hickory we've got some of the best! We're talking beer! We welcome Randy Truitt, from Best of Beers, to the table for a little education, some story telling, and of course... tasting. We don't neglect the news - so tune in and get your newsMESH fix!

newsMESH: November 17th, 2015

Michael and Mary-Margaret welcome special guest Mick Berry back to the table to share the good word on the bond. Well, is it a good word? What exactly is going on with the bond? We also share our voting stories from the polls… well, almost all of us do. With the Housing Authority controversy still in effect, Tenet selling Frye, and some Maiden High ballers … we’ve got so much stuff to cover! Oh. We can’t forget the infamous “flag discussions”… you know the flag I’m talking about. I’ll just...

newsMESH: September 15th, 2015

Here at newsMESH, the first signs of Fall mean some obvious topics: 1) Cooler temps 2) Less dogs on the Square3) Bond report card time!4) Iran5) FootballTune into the show and hear what issue Willard has this week!

newsMESH: August 4th, 2015

It’s another "very special episode”of newsMESH as we welcome two of the finest in Conover. Mayor Lee Moritz and City Manager Donald Duncan join us at the table to discuss what’s happening in their neck of the woods. Growth, jobs, sports, and of course restaurants all get discussed. However, on a serious note, we get the details about the negative impact a proposed sales tax redistribution would have on the Hickory Metro. After you hear the details in the podcast, please take a moment to...

newsMESH: June 19th, 2015

Have you missed us? How did you survive without your dose of news and discussion? Well, we’re back with the goods you’ve been missing. This episode includes: Hickory is Corning Proud, your taxes are going up, there’s a new coach in town and more! Tune in now for all the latest discussion about the Hickory Metro…only on newsMESH.

newsMESH: February 27th, 2015

Snowpocolypse (plus some ice)!! Find out what's been happening around town while you were busy sledding on this episode of newsMESH. City of Hickory steps up their road game, our region loses a long standing political figure, and just when you think the sports have slowed down - we get a state champ.

newsMESH: January 27th, 2015

New Year new voice. Michael steps out on a limb and tries a new approach to headlines while Mary-Margaret rolls her eyes. Boost-gate! New programs at LRU! The downtown playground! Our smoked leg goes Sun-Dancing! Oh, and more Boost-gate! Be sure to give us your feedback good or bad. We can take it.

newsMESH: December 18th, 2014

newsMESH welcomes a special guest at the table, Hickory City Manager, Mick Berry. We talk about the bond referendum, Hickory taxes, attracting young people and of course, barbecue. Listen closely you may just hear some holiday cheer in Willards voice!

newsMESH: November 5th, 2014

It's an All-American day on newsMESH! Voting, Boost and Sports what else could you ask for? Join Michael and Mary-Margaret as they re-cap the local election outcomes as well as the much-discussed BOOST Hickory bond referendum. Wrapping things up after "scoops" we take a look at the local sports including the undefeated LR Bears! Wait a minute what's that I hear? Is it a smile on Willards face? Listen in to find out.

newsMESH: September 25th, 2014

It's like Christmas morning for Willard... Football is back! He even decided to kick off the show with sports! We go from sports to the court room, and this episode may play with your emotions a bit. Hickory coach not guilty? Local student facing jail? Another Pleasers knock off? Custodians being cut? What's your take on these hot topics and more? Don't forget to submit your questions and feedback to info@themesh.tv! This episode is sponsored by the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn...

newsMESH: August 13th, 2014

In this special edition of newsMESH, Michael and Mary-Margaret discuss yet another hot topic. The duo welcome Steve Mull and Jeff Cline to the table for an in depth discussion on the upcoming City of Hickory bond referendum vote. Listen in as they discuss what exactly this bond is, how it will be used if passed, and what happens if it doesn't pass. Are you for or against? We'd love to hear from you! Get informed about the bond and what will be on the ballot November 4th -- we've got the...

newsMESH: July 24th, 2014

Startown speaks up, Newton still mourns, and Hickory is in yet another survey. Will Jay Gaither go quietly? Will Chick-Fil-A make its move on 127? Are most people in Hickory scared of clowns? Michael and Mary-Margaret share thoughts, views and sometimes heated exchange on all these topics and more.

newsMESH: July 2nd, 2014

On this newsMESH 4th of July eve edition Michael Mary-Margaret discuss everything from the district attorney's race to inspring spaces to Hickory making another Top 10 list!

newsMESH: June 3rd, 2014

Famous people have said, "Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes". Is that true? Will Hickory see the first tax hike in 19 years? With a bond referendum proposal coming up, election run offs in the works, a playground trying to find a home downtown and the Crawdads hosting an All Star game -- Michael and Mary-Margaret are exhausted! We ask the tough questions... and then usually disagree, so tune in and see who you side with. Its time for the latest newsMESH only on www.themesh.tv!

newsMESH: April 16th, 2014

On this special edition of newsMESH... it's another political roundtable! Michael and Mary-Margaret welcome the Republican primary candidates for the NC 96th House District race. As a heads up, this episode gets lengthy. But, if you want to make an educated vote on May 6th - you should take the time to listen. Plus... it gets better the longer we talk! Candidates appearing on the show are Jay Adams, Joe Fox and Frank Willis. Topics and discussion include everything from jobs to education,...

newsMESH: April 7th, 2014

Miserable Metro? Again? Well, pardon our language, but we have some thoughts on the topic. What about you? We move on to greener pastures... sort of. Mr. Huffmans payout, no footage from the City, the meth teacher, community veggies, sports, and roadkill soup round out this, um... interesting episode.

newsMESH: March 20th, 2014


newsMESH: March 5th, 2014

Here comes winter...again! This cold just won't leave Hickory alone and Willards ticked! Nothing a little newsMESH won't cure. We discuss the election season and the latest Catawba County Chamber event recognizing "Great Stories of Catawba County". Then, we discuss BBQ. Sounds amazing, right? Who do you agree with? The NC girl or the 'Bama boy? We wrap it up with some big theatre and sports news... aren't you curious? Tune in now!

newsMESH: February 21st, 2014

Back again... after another round of snow! Michael and MM fill you in on what you need to know about this election season, some Hickory Station honors, and why Mary-Margaret can't see Willards Facebook page. If you've ever watched the Olympics, moaned about a school delay, questioned local politics, or cheered on a local high school team - this is the show for you! Tune in, voice your opinion, and share with your friends... its time for newsMESH!
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