Lifelong Conover resident Don Barker spent many years behind a camera as a photographer for The Observer News Enterprise. Photography was also his hobby, along with history â especially area history.
In 2007, Barker wrote âFor the Love of the Game,â which reports the history of the Newton-Conover Twins baseball team.
Barkerâs âBig Time for a Dimeâ delivers a history of movie theaters in the Catawba Valley.
Barkerâs recently released book âConoverâ is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishingâs popular âImages of Americaâ series.
Catawba County is getting its first roundabout outside Newton-Conover City Schoolsâ new middle school. Find out why and how to navigate the new traffic circle only in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Closure of Conoverâs USPS mail processing facility has been put on hold - for now. The O-N-E reports this morning that the plant wonât close until May more details in the print editions and online, www.observernewsonline.com.
A former Maiden athlete was selected Wednesday to be a part of the Davidson College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Ryan Crawford, who played for the Wildcats from 1998-2001, joins a list of five names being inducted into the Wildcatsâ Hall of Fame on Feb. 4.
Crawford, along with swimmer Mary Shell Brosche, tennis coach Jeff Frank, track star Philip Koonce and baseball player Alan Lewis, will make up the 23rd induction class at Davidson.
A four-year letterman with the Wildcats, Crawford earned first-team Associated Press honors his senior year.
1. East Burke; 2. Newton-Conover; 3. Bandys
Individual Event Results
Girls 200 Medley Relay: 1. N-C 2:19.72; 2. EB 2:22.9; 3. BHS 2:30.21
Girls 200 Free: 1. Michaela Beatty BHS, 2:10.44; 2. Kelley Cansler N-C, 2:43.87; 3. Tori Brown BHS, 2:49.57
Girls 200 IM: 1. Abigail LeQuire N-C, 2:36.57; 2. Nikki Whisnant BHS, 3:06.65; 3. Anna Tinkelenberg N-C, 3:18.07
Girls 50 Free: 1. Rachael Picciano EB, 27.60; 2. Bethany Kassuba EB, 32.41; 3. Madison Self N-C, 34.03
CHARLOTTE â The Charlotte Bobcats signed power forward/center Melvin Ely to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Wednesday giving them a veteran presence in the middle.
The move comes one day after they lost free agent center Kwame Brown to the Warriors.
An eight-year NBA veteran, Ely has played in 373 games for the Clippers, Bobcats, Spurs, Hornets and Nuggets. He holds career averages of 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting .460 from the field. Last season, Ely averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes in 30 games played for the Nuggets.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will delay closing its Hickory and Conover mail processing centers until May, the agency announced Tuesday.
In response to requests made by multiple U.S. senators, USPS has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012.
In a statement, the agency said it will hold off on closings to give Congress more time to pass what it called âcomprehensive legislationâ that will help the agency avoid bankruptcy.
Gary Bernard Mathis, 64, of Conover, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Mathis family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
Carole Sigmon Little, 71, of Conover, died Dec. 14, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Little family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Catawba County education and business leaders are assembling the pieces of a workforce training puzzle that they say will make futures brighter for all ages.
Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) announced Wednesday morning it now operates the Champions of Education (COE) and Education Matters programs that serve students in the county through advocacy events and business partnerships.
Education Matters and COE will operate as part of CVCC's Student and Community Engagement Division. The partnership became official Oct. 1.
As Catawba County's child population becomes more racially diverse, Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS) leaders say they are emphasizing the development of strong reading skills at the elementary level.
Fifth-graders are helping third-graders with reading at Shuford Elementary. High school students are scheduled to work with Thornton Elementary students on vocabulary and reading skills. Second-grade students at South Newton Elementary are grouped into science classes based on their reading levels.
The wheels on the bus go "roundabout."
Thatâs the phrase students at the new Newton-Conover Middle School may be singing as they ride home from school next year.
The main entrance at the new, state-of-the-art school will be flanked by a traffic roundabout instead of a four-way stop or signal light.
It is the first roundabout in Catawba County on a state or municipal road.