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Maiden’s Zack Huffman tries to shoulder the load

May 7, 2012

In a Feb. 29 scrimmage against Wilkes Central’s Garrett Lakey, Maiden’s Zack Huffman was leading 6-1, 4-0.

Suddenly, he felt a weird sensation in his arm that changed the outlook of not only the match, but his whole senior season.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Maiden, Bandys win CVAC titles

May 7, 2012

Behind 17 hits, the Maiden Blue Devils won the 2012 Catawba Valley 2A baseball tournament final against Draughn at L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday night, 12-3.

Seniors Dustin Hipps and Jason Gantt led the charge with four-hit performances at the plate.

CCS hires superintendent

May 7, 2012

Catawba County Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the hire of Dr. Dan Brigman as the system's next superintendent, effective July 1.

Brigman currently serves as superintendent of Macon County Schools in far western North Carolina.

He will make $160,000 as CCS' superintendent, according to a four-year contract the board approved Monday night.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 7, 2012

Patricia “Pat” Smith, 57, of Claremont, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at her residence.  The Smith family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton.

County approves health merger

May 7, 2012

Catawba County Commissioners gave formal approval Monday to a health care merger between eight regional counties.

The merger creates Partners Behavioral Health Management, which will oversee delivery of mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services to citizens in Catawba, Surry, Yadkin, Iredell, Burke, Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties.

Voters decide primaries, amendment Tuesday

May 7, 2012

Officials expect interest to remain high at the polls Tuesday, as citizens vote on a proposed state marriage amendment and other election primaries.

Voters will decide several primary races at the national, state and local levels. Voting in Catawba County lasts from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 40 county precincts.

Man charged with hospital break-in

May 7, 2012

Police arrested a Hickory man Friday who they say is responsible for stealing medical supplies and a first responders bag from a vehicle outside a local hospital.

N-C coaching search nears end

May 7, 2012

Newton-Conover High School may have its next football coach by early next week.

NCHS Principal Kevin Campbell said Monday the school narrowed its list of candidates to a final name, and officials are nailing down final details with that candidate.

Campbell said those details include a "family matter," but there are no financial issues with contract negotiations.

Newton-Conover negotiating with coaching finalist

May 7, 2012

Newton-Conover High School may have its next football coach by early next week.

NCHS Principal Kevin Campbell said Monday the school narrowed its list of candidates down to a final name, and officials are nailing down final details.

BREAKING: Schools confirm Maiden coach's resignation

May 7, 2012

Maiden High School is searching for a football coach — again.

"Buddy King has asked to be released from his contract," Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger confirmed Monday morning. "He started indicating to (Maiden Principal Dwayne Finger) several weeks ago that he had several issues."

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