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October 28th, 2014

Sometimes there's more to sports than just winning

October 28, 2014

Driving back from Tuesday’s 2A West Region final in girls volleyball between Bunker Hill and Hendersonville, I reflected on the season’s final match and also the Lady Bears’ remarkable run.

Bunker Hill fell in the contest to the two-time defending state champion Lady Bearcats, 3-0, but the match — and the season for that matter — was much more than the final result.

PREP SOCCER: Playoff scores and schedule

October 28, 2014

Below is a look at Tuesday's playoff scores and Wednesday's playoff matches involving Catawba County boys soccer teams:

2A playoffs
Newton-Conover 8, Madison 0
Bandys (9-10-1) at Trinity (15-4-2), 6 p.m. tonight

3A playoffs
Hickory 4, Concord 2
Kings Mountain (10-10-1) at Fred T. Foard (17-3-2), 6:30 p.m. tonight

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Dezaree Ratchford Kale, age 89, woke up in Heaven. Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC is honored to serve the Kale family.

Richard Everett Gavin Sr. 68 of Maiden passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Gavin family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Spooktacular in Newton

October 28, 2014

Downtown Newton was filled with ghost and goblins Saturday evening for the Newton Halloween Spooktacular. Kids of all ages were treated to games and goodies as they trunk-or-treated and also had a costume contest.

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.

Dr. Hart earns state's highest civilian honor

October 28, 2014

Dr. Bob Hart (bottom center) was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award Saturday during the Hart Square Festival. Dr. Hart is pictured with the Hart family-- son Eric Hart and his wife Margaret hart and their three kids, Robert, Abby and Rebecca Hart. Other son is Keith Hart and his wife Lisa Hart. Their son, Carson Hart.

On the road to ‘Captain’

October 28, 2014

Driving along the open road is one of Derrick Whittle, Sr.'s favorite pastimes. For the past 34 years, Whittle has been able to drive for a living as a professional truck driver.

October 27th

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 27, 2014

Curtis Dean White, 68, of Newton, NC went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice of Newton. The White family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Richard E. Gavin 68 of Maiden passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

Flag presented in Claremont

October 27, 2014

Members of Cargo Transporters in Claremont received a special surprise on Friday afternoon when a young man in uniform showed up at the company’s door.

“We had no idea he was coming,” said Shawn Brown, vice president of safety for the company. “He was just a local boy who felt moved and compelled to present us with this special flag.”

Dual employment not a public issue, not uncommon

October 27, 2014

“The last few weeks have been the most challenging I have experienced as your Mayor,” said Shawn Brown, mayor of Claremont as he opened up Thursday’s special called city council meeting. “However, I do truly believe adversity and challenging situations make us better leaders.”

The agenda for the meeting listed only one item of business — a fire department discussion.

PREP SOCCER: Playoff brackets released finalized

October 27, 2014

Below is a look at the preliminary boys soccer playoff brackets involving Catawba County teams, as well as other conference teams:

2A West brackets
No. 32 Madison (7-12-2) at No. 1 Newton-Conover (20-1), 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 27 Bandys (9-10-1) at No. 6 Trinity (15-4-2), 6 p.m. Wednesday

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