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August 29th

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 29, 2011

 Carolyn Geneva Goble Duncan, of Newton, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Catawba Valley Memorial Hospital.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Carolyn Geneva Goble Duncan.

Marie Pordradsky Hewitt, 84, of Newton passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  The Hewitt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

BREAKING NEWS: Power outage in Conover

August 29, 2011

A power outage in Conover on Monday has left about 600 Duke Power customers without electricity.

The utility failure is also impacting traffic signals in parts of the city, including the traffic light at Boundary and U.S. 321 near Newton.

Details in this story are developing. Check back with The Observer News Enterprise and observernewsonline.com for more information as it becomes available.

August 27th

Bears beat Indians behind rushing, turnovers

August 27, 2011

It was deja vu all over again for Bunker Hill.

For the second straight year, the Bears traveled down Springs Road and defeated St. Stephens, 28-14.

Leading the way for the Bears was their rushing attack, which racked up 212 yards on the ground, including 148 yards from running back Reggie Davis and 64 yards from Justin Lynch.

"We are going to run the football," said Bears coach Travis Connor. "We're going to do that, but we've got to throw the ball better. We've got to pick our spots to throw it better. When you have two backs like Reggie and Justin, you've got to feed them."

Red Devils run to victory against Hickory

August 27, 2011

After a lop-sided, 55-13 loss to East Lincoln last week, Newton-Conover brought a different Red Devil team to Hickory High School on Friday night.

"Did this look like the team you saw last week?" Bazzle answered a question with the same question after the contest.
Piling up more than 400 yards of offense and four touchdowns in the second half against Hickory, an enthusiastic Red Devil team delivered a resounding answer: No.

Bandys beats Foard in battle of 1-0 teams

August 27, 2011

The Trojans brought their shields to this one.

The Bandys Trojans defense controlled the field in their dominating victory over the Fred T. Foard Tigers on Friday, setting the tone of the game from the start and throwing in big plays to position their offense for the win.

The Trojans defeated the Tigers 27-7, marking the first lost for new Foard head coach Jason Phelps and moving Bandys to 2-0 on the season.

August 26th

Quarrel leads to murder

August 26, 2011

A Hickory man is dead after a domestic dispute escalated at the Highland School Apartments at 1017 10th Ave. NE.

Police say Marcia Bernice Newman, 45, and Jamie Carlton Odom, 40, both of Hickory, were having a verbal argument at about 9:52 p.m. Thursday inside Odom’s apartment. The argument escalated and police said Odom was stabbed to death.

After responding to the dispute, officers found Odom lying in the doorway with a stab wound to the chest area. Emergency personnel responded and Odom was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police charged Newman with one count of murder.

Accused killer jailed

August 26, 2011


The man accused of murdering a Hickory taxicab driver Tuesday night is in the Catawba County Jail with no bond.


Police charged Camyron Fredrick Johnson, 22, with one count of murder in the death of Adam Williams, a Yellow Cab Company taxi driver who was killed Tuesday night outside a LongHorn Steakhouse off U.S. 70 in Hickory.

Newton wrecks leave 1 dead, 3 hurt

August 26, 2011

Multiple wrecks in Newton left one woman dead and three others injured Friday.

Marie P. Hewitt, of Newton, was killed in a two-car t-bone collision at the intersection of N.C. 16 and Burris Road Friday morning.

Hewitt was heading west on Burris Road and approached a stop sign at the intersection of N.C. 16.  After pulling away from the stop sign, Hewitt’s 1989 Ford Escort was struck on the right side by a 2010 Chrysler mini-van driven by Danny Mosteller, of Hildebran, said Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough.

Voices unheard

August 26, 2011

When the sun sets in the summer, trees chew up light and spit out shadows. It is a phenomenon, for humans, that creates a natural nestling place.


We seek the shade. Naturally. To “survive the heat,” as some say.


On Tuesday, I found myself ambling awkwardly through a gravel parking lot toward a short tree providing enough shade for four strangers. They sat or stood 100 yards from the Salvation Army headquarters in Hickory.

They didn’t look welcoming, but not intimidating either, exchanging laughs and smiles and joking about something or other.  

Bengals' Andy Dalton wins battle of rookie QBs

August 26, 2011

In a match-up of two rookie quarterbacks likely to start for their respective teams this season, Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton stole the show.

Dalton completed 11-of-17 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, leading the Bengals to their first victory of the preseason.

Panthers’ rookie Cam Newton played through the third quarter of Thursday’s game, completing 6-of-19 passes for 75 yards. He also rushed for a team-high 49 yards on four carries.

Newton opened the game’s scoring at the 6:27 mark in the first quarter with a 16-yard run. The score gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead.

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