Archive - 2014
Former Hickory High School basketball coach Shawn Johnson is innocent.
On Tuesday morning, Johnson was ruled not guilty on nine sex charges stemming from accusations from four different girls.
He had previously been arrested in 2012 at his home and was charged with 11 different sex crimes. However, due to lack of evidence, two of those crimes were dismissed earlier in Johnson's trial.
Newton-Conover has moved up one spot in the third Associated Press poll of the season.
Coming off a 13-13 tie against Freedom, the Red Devils rose from No. 9 to No. 8 in the poll, earning a total of 52 votes.
Newton-Conover also received one first-place vote for the second-straight week in the poll.
Dolly Edith Korn Pope, age 86, of Newton; formerly of Catawba, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover is honored to be serving the Pope family.
When McKayla Coletti, 10, was drawing her rendition of the Liberty Bell for class, she had no idea it would be award-winning. The bell, complete with its famous crack, won Coletti a national first place award.
"Maggie's saying was always, 'Your best is yet to be,'" said Phil Heath, president of the Newton-Conover High School Athletic Boosters. "We want to help students find that 'best.'"
Heath and the Athletic Boosters have created a scholarship fund in memory of Maggie Daniels, Discovery High School counselor who lost her life in June.
History was made at Murrayâ€™s Mill on Monday during the 10th Annual Catawba County Cross-Country Championships.
Maidenâ€™s Corbin Boyles won his fourth-straight individual title, while St. Stephensâ€™ freshman Ashley Ramirez impressed with a win in the girls title race.
Below is a look at Monday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Junior varsity football
Maiden 27, St. Stephens 12
Fred T. Foard 3, South Caldwell 0
Mount Tabor 3, Fred T. Foard 0 (from Saturday)
St. Stephens 3, Freedom 0
South Iredell 3, Newton-Conover 0
East Lincoln 2, Bunker Hill 1
Ronde Barber and Chris Myers on Cam Newton's season debut.
Harold George Craddock, age 76, of Conover, NC went home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The family will receive friends after the service in the church fellowship hall.
The first session of Newton 101 began as most first days of class. Come in, sit down, and introduce yourself.
Newton 101 is a six week course aimed to enlighten students on the city's procedures and operations.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.