August 19th, 2011
Storms in the Catawba Valley on Thursday forced the temporary closure of one Catawba County park.
Riverbend Park will be closed Friday and Saturday due to damage from a storm Thursday evening, according to officials with Catawba County Parks.
A full survey of the park Friday morning found extensive downed trees, debris and damage in several service areas. Park staff has advised it will take additional time to clean up the damage so the public may safely enjoy the park, according to Catawba County Public Information Officer Dave Hardin.
With every gift, comes responsibility. The American Legionâ€™s state chaplain said Americansâ€™ greatest gift, freedom, brings with it the responsibility of never forgetting the sacrifice that soldiers have made for us over the years.
American Legionâ€™s N.C. Chaplain Randy Cash drew applause and cheers from a Newton crowd to kick off the 122nd Reunion Day on Thursday. Cash, along with Newton Mayor Pro-tem Anne Stedman, spoke to a crowd of about 100 reunion goers about the importance of remembering those who died for America and those who live within its borders.
On the most patriotic day of Newtonâ€™s year, Patricia Gabriel and members of the Catawba County Republican Womenâ€™s Club were proudly showing their colors.
â€śWe need to revive and instill patriotism locally and for our country,â€ť Gabriel said at the groupâ€™s Court Square tent during Reunion Day on Thursday.
And she hopes her contributions to the clubâ€™s fund-raising efforts will do just that, as well as support other worthy causes.
Kicking off its season Thursday, the Newton-Conover volleyball team had to work extra hard for a season-opening win.
The Lady Red Devils (1-0) fought through tough first and third games against the Hickory Lady Red Tornadoes (0-1), but picked up the win, 28-26, 25-11, 26-24.
Leading Newton-Conover was Isabella Zaliagiris, who drove down nine kills. Sarah Van Horn had 15 digs.
The Lady Red Devils took an early 3-0 lead, but the two teams battled back and forth until the 26-26 mark.
Coming off of a tough home loss to Forbush on Tuesday, the Fred T. Foard volleyball team bounced back impressively.
The Lady Tigers (1-1) held off Bunker Hill (0-2) in a tight first game and followed that with two dominant game victories to win the match 25-20, 25-10, 25-9.
For Catawba County native James P. Isenhower Sr., military service has become a family tradition.
From the time he and his brothers volunteered for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II through the same volunteer spirit his grandsons exhibit in their own military careers, the family has produced three generations of soldiers.
And the 90-year-old resident of Conover can't help but be a little proud.
"I am proud of what I did," he said, adding he was even more proud of the service of two brothers, his sons and grandsons. "I respect them very much."
The latest online scam cost one Claremont man valuable personal records and could have cost his friends even more.
Henry Helton, the city of Claremontâ€™s special events coordinator, admits to falling for an e-mail scam earlier this month, but is hoping citizens can learn from his mistakes.
A teacher was arrested on Tuesday after fondling himself outside a family restaurant on U.S. 70 in Hickory.
Police say Michael Lennell Wallace, 54, was exposing and fondling himself in the grassy area outside Ruby Tuesdayâ€™s in Hickory while facing oncoming traffic. When a citizen stopped to question what Wallace was doing, the exposed man fled the scene.
The citizen noted Wallaceâ€™s license plate number, and authorities later arrested him at his home at 20th Ave. Dr. NE in Hickory.
Clyde Allen Hatchett, age 86, of South US 321 Hwy., Maiden passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hatchett Family.
At the peak of Soldiers Reunion week, Catawba County's community newspaper is giving away some of its biggest prizes.
During Soldiers Reunion Day on Thursday, The Observer News Enterprise invites area residents to stop by the newspaper's tent on the north side of the Court Square.
When they do, they could win prizes, said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard.