Archive - 2014
A student at Startown Elementary spotted two men walking down the road carrying guns on Monday afternoon and alerted his teacher, according to Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The school contacted Newton Police and followed procedure to remain under lockdown while police officers searched the area with assistance from Sheriffâ€™s deputies.
If you like barbeque, the 4th annual â€śButts and Beansâ€ť competition is the place to be.
What began at Tommy Pooveyâ€™s Vale farm in 2010, has grown so large that it is now being held at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
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.
Newton-Conover soccer Greyson Frye chases down East Lincolnâ€™s Garrett Reavis during Mondayâ€™s home and conference opener at Gurley Stadium. Behind Alan Espirillaâ€™s five goals, the Red Devils moved to 1-0 in SD-7 play. For more on the game, see Page 8 of the Tuesday edition.
The big topic of discussion at last nights County Commissioners meeting was the Highway 150 Corridor Plan.
The plan addresses a series of issues.
In implementing the plan, a focus on the Community Facilities and Public Services would take place.
Sharman Odom, accused killer of Maggie Daniels, made a short appearance in court Monday morning where he learned that the death penalty will remain on the table.
Prosecutors said there were two aggravating gactors, making the case a capital case.
Of Odom is convicted a post-trial hearing will decide his sentencing â€” life in prison or death row.
Below is a look at Monday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Junior varsity football
Hickory 38, Newton-Conover 13
Fred T. Foard 6, Bunker Hill 3
Fred T. Foard 3, Newton-Conover 0 (from Saturday)
North Iredell 3, Fred T. Foard 0 (from Saturday)
St. Stephens 5, Maiden 4
No obituaries were reported at press time
All three Catawba County school systems topped the state average for graduation rates for 2013-14.
Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) held the highest percentage in the county with 92.5 percent, well above the state average of 83.8 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction data.
It all started when the "Eat, Drink and Be Local" event began three years ago as a promotion for the agriculture department in Catawba County. The event features a week filled with locally grown products and produce, and the meals that restaurants produce by taking advantage of Catawba County's farming.
Two years later, in 2013, Catawba County passed the Farm and Food sustainability plan.