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July 26th, 2011

With elections looming, leaders enforce signage

July 26, 2011

Election season is right around the corner, and citizens can expect to see a plethora of campaign signs popping up in their area. Before you plant, or pull up, a wiry cardboard ad in your neighbor’s front yard, government leaders are reminding citizens of proper election signage.

This year, some municipal races will have up to eight candidates running for two or three elected positions. With large races, municipal leaders say the importance of signage rules becomes even more significant as candidates vie for a spot on the lawn as well as their government’s ruling body.

July 25th

Man killed in motorcyle crash

July 25, 2011

A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.

Trooper R.E. Raper reported that Brittain was driving his 2006 motorcycle north on Heavner Road approaching the intersection of N.C. 10 West, about 10 miles West of Newton.

Colorful Culture

July 25, 2011

Performers from Guadeloupe dance around a stage at the SALT block on Sunday during the 2011 Folkmoot Festival in Hickory. Performers from Burundi, China and Guadeloupe displayed their culture's different music and dances on Sunday as well as their vibrant and colorful attire. Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance.

Warriors have their way

July 25, 2011

The Catawba County Hornets dream of finally beating the rival Iredell Warriors on Saturday turned out to be a nightmare.

Turnovers plagued the Hornets (2-1) in their first loss of the season to the Warriors (1-2). The team trailed in the game 21-0 after two straight possessions ended in turnovers.

A quick interception thrown by Hornets’ quarterback Jamelle Jeffries a few minutes into the game gave the Warriors an early 7-0 lead.

Iredell’s Cam Simpson scored on a two-yard run to cap the drive, and the extra-point kick by Steve Mann was good.

NCDOT quells concerns over N.C. 16

July 25, 2011

Emergency responders and business owners came to a meeting with the NCDOT with concerns on Monday, but left feeling a lot better after hearing explanations and potential changes to the N.C. 16 widening project.

State officials came to Catawba County on Monday to try and quell public concern about a controversial plan to widen a portion of N.C. 16 in eastern Catawba County.

Man robs Smokes Unlimited with shotgun

July 25, 2011

A man robbed a Conover tobacco store on Saturday after holding the store clerk and her husband at gunpoint with a sawed-off shotgun.

Police say a man carrying a duffle bag walked into the Smokes Unlimited Inc. tobacco store in Conover at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday before taking a sawed-off shotgun out of the bag and demanding money.

UPDATE: Motorcycle fatality on N.C. 10

July 25, 2011

A Connelly Springs man was killed when he was thrown several hundred yards off his motorcycle after he lost control and ran off the road early Sunday.
Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies found the body of Nathan Brittain, 26, near the intersection of Heavner Road and N.C. 10 about 1:30 p.m. Monday. According to N.C. Highway Patrol, law enforcement was searching for the man after he was reported missing Sunday.
Be sure to see The Observer News Enterprise's Tuesday edition for the complete story.

July 23rd

Setzer carrying family tradition at HMS

July 23, 2011

As Hickory Motor Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, one driver is continuing his family’s tradition.

Brandon Setzer, a rising senior at Newton-Conover High School, is competing in the Super Trucks division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Setzer is the son of former HMS Late Model champion and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Dennis Setzer.

Dennis is a three-time runner-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2003-05) and a nine-time winner on the circuit.

July 22nd

ÂżHola Newton?

July 22, 2011

After The Artist's Cafe closes Saturday, the building's owner says the restaurant space won't be vacant for long.

"If (Artist's Cafe owner) Louie (Dimarhos) decides to close, he will move out some time next month," said property owner Lynn Nguyen. "After he moves out, another new owner is going to move in."

Nguyen said an owner of a Hickory Mexican restaurant is interested in opening a business in the downtown Newton restaurant space that includes kitchen equipment and furniture. She said she is hopeful that the new restaurant will be open within six months.

Man steals car after domestic dispute

July 22, 2011

A man stole his ex-girlfriend’s car Friday after he wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Authorities say Sean Donald Sweeney, 42, of Hickory, arrived at Carillon Assisted Living in Newton on Friday morning in hopes of borrowing a car belonging to ex-girlfriend, Kimberly Rocket, who works at the facility.

After Rocket told her ex-boyfriend he couldn't use the car, Sweeney threw a brick through the window, got in and drove the 1993 Mercury Sable to the 1300 block of 2nd Ave. NW in Hickory, according to Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough.

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