Archive - Jan 2014
Despite losing its head coach and leading scorer from a season ago, the Maiden girls basketball team is thriving.
The Lady Blue Devils have already exceeded their conference and overall win totals from a season ago.
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.
Lenoir-Rhyne University released a statement Wednesday confirming the departure of head football coach Mike Houston.
In the statement released at 11:21 a.m., school officials said the following:
Alma Elizabeth Seagle Reitzel, age 91, of Newton, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Shannon Gray Nursing Home in Jamestown, N.C. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Reitzel family.
Lenoir-Rhyne head football coach Mike Houston has resigned from his position.
Houston's resignation comes on the heels of a Monday meeting with The Citadel for the school's opening for a head football coach.
Houston led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 13-2 record this past season, guiding the Bears to a National Championship game appearance â€” their first since 1962 and first-ever in NCAA Div. II.
HICKORY â€” For the third-straight year, the St. Stephens swim program can boast its the best in Catawba County.
The Indians swept the boys and girls team titles at Tuesdayâ€™s fourth annual Catawba County Swimming Championships â€” the third in as many years that theyâ€™ve done so.
Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores across Catawba County:
East Lincoln 64, Bunker Hill 49
Fred T. Foard 65, Hibriten 61
Lincolnton 50, Bandys 42
Newton-Conover 95, West Lincoln 33
St. Stephens 68, Patton 57
West Caldwell 50, Maiden 30
Bandys 80, Lincolnton 20
Bunker Hill 43, East Lincoln 19
On Tuesday afternoon, the Observer News Enterprise visited local people in the city of Newton to pose the question, â€śHow are you staying warm through the cold weather?â€ť
O-N-E Staff Reporter Jimmy Hilton asked this question to three people and took down their responses.
Keeping the streets of Conover clean is not an easy task, but Keith Lynch and his crew are up to the challenge.
Lynch, who is the city's Solid Waste supervisor, said their jobs include picking up the garbage, lawn debris and recycling.
â€śConover, Newton and Hickory are the three major cities in Catawba County that handle garbage and recycling,â€ť Lynch said.
Betty Lou Miller Watts, age 59, of Conover, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Watts family.
Dale Jarrett was born and raised in Conover and is a proud resident of the community today.
â€śIt makes me proud to know that people that I have known and went to school with are still taking care of this great community that we have,â€ť Jarrett said at Monday nightâ€™s Conover City Council meeting. â€śIâ€™m proud to still be a resident here.â€ť