Archive - Jul 2012
Back for a 33rd consecutive season, the Catawba County Hornets semi-pro football team kicks off its season on Saturday.
The Hornets, who finished 8-9 overall and 6-5 in the Central Carolinas Football League in 2011, face the Winston-Salem Red Wolves at Westside/Jaycee Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
With one swing of the bat late in Wednesday's game, Hickory Post 48's season and opportunity to make it back to the Area IV championship series ended.
Gaston's Justin Williams doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the 11-10 walkoff victory over Hickory Post 48.
Gary Dean Brannon, 63, of Maiden, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Sherrills Ford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peter’s Church Road, Conover, NC 28613.
Four months after Newton hiring someone to lead the planning department, the city is without a planning director.
A 12-year-old Vale girl was seriously injured when she rode her dirt bike into the road and was hit by an oncoming truck.
N.C. Trooper R.G Griffin said Christopher Wayne Randall, 42, of Cherryville was driving his 1999 GMC pick-up truck along Reepsville Road when the girl darted into his path.
Owners of Newton's Internet sweepstakes businesses have about 60 days to file applications and pay new fees in order to keep their doors open.
Newton City Council set a new fee schedule that requires the Internet gaming operations to pay $2,500 per business, as well as $1,000 per computer terminal within the business. Those are levied annually.
Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger has announced the hiring of David Williams as the school's next baseball coach.
Williams spent last season as a head JV and an assistant coach under Caine Houser, who stepped down from his head coaching post to take the school's athletic director job last week.
In his third and final year with Hickory Post 48, Cole McGraw is making the most of his last chance.
The left-handed veteran, who plays infield, outfield and serves as the team's closing pitcher, is having a standout postseason.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The third playoff game between Hickory Post 48 and the Gaston Braves was postponed on Tuesday.
The game, which was scheduled to take place at South Point High School, was called due to rain.
The contest has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today at South Point H.S.
Gaston leads the series, 2-0, winning the first two games of the series, 11-7 and 16-6.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats have signed their first round draft pick.
The team announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky signed a deal worth about $4 million for his first season, according to the union negotiated rookie pay scale. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged nearly 12 points and more than seven rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats.