January 29th, 2014
Former Bandys High School and current Western Carolina Catamount softball player Taylor Sigmon has been named to the Southern Conference preseason second team, at first base, as voted on by the league coaches.
Sigmon, a sophomore from Catawba, was the only Catamount freshman from the 2013 season to play in all 56 games.
Mother Nature gave Catawba County its first snow of the year on Tuesday.
With that snowfall came some hazardous road conditions, which affected drivers countywide.
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.
The Maiden Police Department is on the lookout for phone scammers targeting its townâ€™s citizens.
Electric and Utility customers in Maiden have been receiving phone calls from toll free â€ś1-800â€ť numbers pretending to be a representative from the town.
Catawba County and Newton-Conover City Schools will both be closed for the second-straight day on Thursday.
N-CCS Superintendent Dr. David Stegall send out an email around 3 p.m. on Wednesday notifying local media of the system's decision.
Catawba County Schools announced on their website around the same time that they are also closed on Thursday.
James Summy Leatherman, age 73, of Newton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at Conover Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by his family. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Leatherman family.
A pair of Catawba County athletes signed to play college athletics earlier this week.
St. Stephens volleyball standout Katelyn Houser will play at Catawba Valley Community College this fall.
Fred T. Foard baseball player Carson Bryant also signed with the Bucs.
Success often comes for those who wait.
That certainly can be said of Dale Jarrett, who didnâ€™t reach the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series until age 30 and waited another four years for his first victory.
The Conover Police Department assisted in taking down an out-of-state criminal this past weekend.
The Albion Department for Public Safety obtained a warrant for 47-year-old Jackie Dale McConnell, of Albion, Mich. for his arrest from the Calhoun County Prosecutor for Sex Offender Registry Violations.
For the second-straight day, snow has caused the prep sports schedule to change.
Below is a look at these changes and their new times:
Hickory Crawdads Hotstove Banquet, ppd. (no make-up date announced)
Catawba at Lenoir-Rhyne, moved up to 4 p.m.
(originally start time was 6 p.m.)
Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools have both announced they will be closed on Wednesday.
Hickory Public Schools will also be closed.
For further updates on school delays and cancellations, be sure to visit observernewsonline.com.