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March 4th, 2015

Newton man guilty of 46 sexual offenses

March 4, 2015

A Newton man was sentenced to no less than 160 years of prison time for multiple sexual offenses spanning more than a decade.

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.

Sunset Drive fire torches porch

March 4, 2015

Conover Fire Department responded to a house fire on Sunset Drive just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire started on the front porch of the residence, according to Chief Mark Hinson, and resulted in no injuries.

“It was a small house fire there,” Hinson said. “We had it under control in about 15 minutes.”

Chief: Man was cutting fuel tank at time of blast

March 4, 2015

Officials said a man was cutting the end of “an old fuel tank” when an explosion blew through the outbuilding he was working in at 3986 N.C. Highway 16 North on Monday afternoon.

The man suffered burns to 80 percent of his body and was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital following the incident. Officials had no update on his condition Tuesday.

March 3rd

Trojans rally, reach sixth-straight West Regional

March 3, 2015

Down 10 points at halftime to visiting Madison, the Bandys girls basketball team wouldn’t be denied.

Powered by Kendyl Medlin’s 19 points, the Lady Trojans won 65-60 to advance to their sixth-straight 2A West Regional.

The victory for Bandys is its 64th in a row at Bost-Matheson Gymnasium. The team’s last home loss took place Jan. 25, 2011 against Newton-Conover.

PREP BASKETBALL: Tuesday's third-round scores

March 3, 2015

Below is a look at Tuesday's third-round playoff basketball scores in the 2A and 3A ranks involving Catawba County teams:

2A girls basketball
Bandys 62, Thomasville 40
**Lady Trojans now 25-1; face East Davidson (27-0) on Thursday in 2A West Region semifinals at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex at either 4 or 5:30 p.m.

3A girls basketball

Empty Bowls, Full Hearts

March 3, 2015

On Saturday, the cafeteria at Saint Stephens High School will be filled with people making a difference.

The 9th annual Empty Bowls, Full Heart event will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, utilizing the creative talents of students, staff and the community to raise money for local soup kitchens and overall hunger awareness.

‘Loud boom’ shakes Conover

March 3, 2015

Brenda Trivette was unloading groceries outside her home on Angel Road in Conover when she heard the explosion.

“All I heard was a loud boom and then I felt the ground shake,” Trivette said. “I actually dropped my bag. Then I turned around and all I could see was black smoke coming from behind the trees.”

March 2nd

Surratts combine for 54 points, end Devils’ season

March 2, 2015

East Lincoln’s 1-2 punch K’Oed Newton-Conover on Monday night, ending the Red Devils’ boys basketball season in the second of the 2A playoffs.

Brothers Chazz and Sage Surratt combined for 54 of the Mustangs’ points in a 75-66 victory in Denver.

PREP BASKETBALL: Monday's second-round scores

March 2, 2015

Below is a look at Monday's first-round playoff basketball scores in the 2A and 3A ranks involving Catawba County teams:

2A girls basketball
Bandys 62, Thomasville 40
(Lady Trojans now 24-1; face Madison at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday)

2A boys basketball
East Lincoln 75, Newton-Conover 66
(Red Devils end season with a 16-8 overall record)

PREP NOTEBOOK: Monday's spring sports scores

March 2, 2015

Below is a look at Monday's spring sports scores involving Catawba County teams:

Bandys 10, South Iredell 1
Bunker Hill 8, St. Stephens 3
Maiden 12, West Iredell 2 (six innings)
West Lincoln at Fred T. Foard, ppd. to Tuesday

Girls soccer
Fred T. Foard 2, Mooresville 0
St. Stephens 3, Burns 0

Boys tennis

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