January 21st, 2015
With injuries to key starters and returning players, Jason Barnes knew heâ€™d have his hands full entering his first season as head coach of the Bandys boys basketball program.
Through the difficulty of winning games and being competitive, one Trojan junior varsity basketball player has helped to give his teammates, coaches, community and even opponents a different outlook on life.
Roberta Jean Pruitt Lail of Advance NC, passed away January 14, 2015 at home with Galen her son, Jason her grandson and Shelia Carter her friend and caregiver by her side. Online condolences may be made to www.frankvoglerandsons.com.
Deborah Johnson, director of the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County, recently retired after 10 years of service.
Officers responded to a call from the victim of forcible rape on the night of Friday, Jan. 16.
The incident occurred in the Plaza Latina Shopping Center at approximately 10:30 p.m.
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.
A home in Catawba will be invaded on Sunday by a recently married, musical duo from Nashville.
Blake Gray and Brian Nutter are kicking off their year with a special kind of tour to promote their duet group, unBRAKEable. The Home Invasion Tour covers 103 cities in four months, trading out the typical venues for intimate concerts inside peopleâ€™s homes.
In the past two years, the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) in Conover has helped 810 entrepreneurs develop their dream into a reality, according to Director Dan St. Louis.
This fact, along with other notes of accomplishments in innovation, was highlighted in a video St. Louis and his team submitted to the N.C. State Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) Spaces for Innovation Challenge.
Through four years of the event, one high school had always taken home both the boys and girls titles at the Catawba County Swimming Championships.
That tradition ended on Tuesday when the St. Stephens High School boys and the Hickory High School girls each took home their respective trophies during the fifth annual meet held at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.
Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Hickory 78, Hibriten 29
St. Stephens 64, Fred T. Foard 37
Fred T. Foard 76, St. Stephens 49
Hickory 61, Hibriten 52
Fred T. Foard 61, St. Stephens 9
Through my decade of covering high school sports, Iâ€™ve seen many student-athletes excel and make it to the next level.
Iâ€™m blessed to be a part of those special journeys with young men and women pursuing the next steps of their lives.
On Saturday, I witnessed a rare occurrence in my career, and something that â€” in laymanâ€™s terms â€” was simply amazing.
James Philo Isenhower, 94, of Conover passed away January 16, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. The Isenhower family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover, NC.