April 23rd, 2012
The inaugural Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down served more than 125 veterans this weekend, event officials said Monday.
The 10-county collaborative Stand Down delivered medical screenings, dental care, clothes, food and other forms of assistance to homeless and veteran citizens in the region.
North Carolina's public school teachers would see employment tenure eliminated, but become eligible for performance bonuses under an education reform package rolled out Monday by Senate Republicans.
Strong winds knocked down power lines in South Newton on Monday, leaving businesses, day cares and government agencies without electricity for several hours.
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.
Catawba County Schools leaders continue the district's superintendent search process today.
The CCS Board of Education is scheduled to meet in closed session at 11:30 a.m., and a personnel discussion is the only item on a meeting agenda provided by the system.
Monday, April 23
St. Stephens softball vs. East Gaston
Bandys softball at Fred T. Foard
Maiden tennis at East Burke
Bandys tennis vs. South Iredell
Bunker Hill tennis vs. West Caldwell
Newton-Conover tennis vs. Draughn
NWC tennis tournament
CVAC golf at Catawba C.C. (N-C)
Foard soccer at Mooresville
Newton-Conover soccer vs. Challenger
The Hickory Crawdads finished a four-game sweep of the Savannah Sand Gnats on Sunday with a 1-0 rain-shortened victory in South Atlantic League play.
The lone run plated came in the top of the third when Hanser Alberto lined out to pitcher Michael Fulmer. Combined with throwing errors by Fulmer and center fielder Tillman Pugh, Christopher Grayson came across home plate from second base.
Fred T. Foard senior Lucas Harris, who has been deaf since he was 3 years old, is overcoming obstacles in his life and on the track.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition (Saturday-Monday) of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Hickory Crawdads pulled out a 13-inning victory Friday against Savannah in South Atlantic League play.
Third baseman Drew Robinson led the 'Dads (10-5) with three RBIs, including a two-RBI double that plated Jeremy Williams and Kellin Deglan.
Outfielder Chris Grayson drove in the other run in the 13th frame for the 'Dads. His double scored Robinson.
Newton will gather citizens of all races, nationalities and backgrounds Saturday for Unity Day at Southside Park.
Also this week, the world's longest-running "Phantom of the Opera" performer visits Catawba County this week.
And a Saturday race will benefit Balls Creek Elementary School.
For more on these events and other happenings, read on.
The following residents were convicted of felonies this week in Criminal Superior Court:
* Joseph Maurice Craig, 32, of Conover, was convicted of felony possession of firearm by felon, felony failure to report change of address â€“ sex offender, felony possession of cocaine and two counts of felony habitual felon. He was sentenced to 101-134 months in the N.C. Department of Correction.