February 17th, 2014
Newton native Becky McRee is home again and is married to a high school classmate. But during the years since their 1961 graduation, she lived in one of the worldâ€™s bloodiest war zones as the daughter-in-law of a Moslem sheikh and traveled the globe repeatedly.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education appointed a brand new member on Monday night.
The Board appointed Bernard Coulter to the vacant seat left by Scott Loudermelt, who resigned on Jan. 24 after serving for 10 years.
The Newton-Conover boys and Bandys girls basketball teams closed out regular season championship seasons on Monday with a pair of the victories.
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.
Below is a look at Monday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bandys 91, Newton-Conover 48
Maiden 46, Lincolnton 41
West Caldwell 38, Bunker Hill 34
St. Stephens 66, Fred T. Foard 26 (from Saturday)
Lincolnton 72, Maiden 52
Newton-Conover 85, Bandys 72
West Caldwell 53, Bunker Hill 41
Maggie Pope Korn, 89, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2014 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Korn family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
The Honorable Clifton H. Smith was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fill the seat of the retiring 25th District Court Judge Suzanne Owsley.
Smith was sworn in by Chief District Court Judge Robert Brady in a ceremony on Friday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
Not even the snow and ice could put out the fire in Newton.
City officials, along with the police and fire department personnel, were in attendance for Fridayâ€™sÂ groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire station headquarters.
Attorney David Learner has filed in Raleigh with the State Board of Elections as a candidate for District Attorney for Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties.
Known throughout the local criminal justice system, Learner has been a prosecutor and a trial attorney who has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity.
Winter weather this past week forced changes in the prep sports schedule.
Five regular season finales in boys basketball were postponed from Friday, including Bandys at Newton-Conover, Bunker Hill at West Caldwell, Hickory at Hibriten, Maiden at Lincolnton and St. Stephens at Fred T. Foard.
The 2A and 3A Western Regional wrestling tournaments take place Saturday.
The 2A event will be held at Owen High School in Black Mountain, while the 3A tournament will take place at North Gaston High.