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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 31, 2014

Gladys Joyce Causey Gilbert, age 79, of Abernethy Laurels in Newton, and formerly of Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Gilbert family.

Mary Agnes Rhinehardt, age 79, of Newton passed away on Monday, December 29, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Rhinehardt family.

Former Chief of Police passes

December 31, 2014

Conover Police Chief Steve Brewer remembers the friendly face of the officer who always worked the crossing guard at Concordia Christian Day School when he was a student there.

To read more of this story, pick up the new year's print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

'Bambini' comes to Newton

December 31, 2014

There's a new “great bambino” in town.

After 30 years of working in an authentic italian pizzeria in New York, Dimas Chavez has made his way to North Carolina to share the taste of his famous pies.

In October of 2013, Chavez met the love of his life on Facebook – Francisca Tapia.

Maiden manhunt case comes to a close

December 31, 2014

Jeffrey Tucker, the convicted felon who sparked the manhunt in Maiden on the night of Thursday, Dec. 18 was arrested earlier this week.

Tucker was wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for a firearms violation, according to multiple sources.

December 30th

Bumgarner named the AP's Male Athlete of the Year

December 30, 2014

Madison Bumgarner sat in the outfield alongside Jake Peavy before Game 7 of the World Series and told his teammate exactly what needed to happen: Tim Hudson would work a few innings and get the ball to Bumgarner, who would hand it off to the bullpen to finish the championship.

Peavy quickly offered his own prediction that Bumgarner would end it himself.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

James “Jim” Fisher, 67, of Conover passed away on December 28, 2014. Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations are providing professional services to the Fisher Family.

Truck slides through fence, pole

December 30, 2014

At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, a truck carrying a septic tank veered off the roadway while traveling on Providence Mill Road near Maiden. The truck first struck a wooden fence, followed by a power pole and then came to rest on an embankment several yards from the first impact.

Man arrested for statutory rape

December 30, 2014

Allegations of sexual assault on a minor at the first of this year have resulted in an arrest.

Daniel Richard Tutty, 43, of Newton, was arrested and charged with statutory rape/sexual offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant six years older on Dec. 23.

State Cinema: Take Two

December 30, 2014

The familiar smell of popcorn and excited whispers of movie-goers filled the air at the State Cinema in Newton once again for their re-opening on Saturday, Dec. 27.

The theater, which has been a part of downtown Newton since 1937, abruptly closed its doors on Oct. 16.

December 29th

PREP BASKETBALL: Holiday Clash scoreboard

December 29, 2014

Below is a look at the 12th Annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash tournament scoreboard:

Girls bracket (at North Lincoln H.S.)

First-round scores
Bandys 57, Lincolnton 33
West Lincoln 51, North Lincoln 40

Third place game: Lincolnton 58, North Lincoln 42
Championship game: Bandys 66, West Lincoln 41
(Bandys' Haleigh Lackey named MVP)

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