August 13th, 2011
The lights of high school football glistening at Newton-Conoverâs Gurley Stadium for the FCA Jamboree on Friday.
The Jamboree featured two games, including two Catawba County teams in action. St. Stephens took on North Lincoln in the opening game, followed by Newton-Conover taking on Hibriten.
Featured at the event were two 15-minute periods, two 10-minute periods and one 40-minute continuous scrimmage period between each of the two teams.
Marguerite Collins Mitchell, 95, of Abernethy Laurels, Newton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. The Mitchell family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Clayton Larry Mooneyham, 62 of Hickory passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at his residence. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Clayton Larry Mooneyham.
With a new school year set to begin soon, Newton-Conover City Schools leaders are already looking ahead to the 2012-2013 school year.
That's when the school system's new $20.8 million middle school will officially open to students. While the school won't officially open until August 2012, system officials said this week it should be complete well before then.
â¨If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
â¨Thatâs what authorities are telling area residents about mail scams that are costing some Catawba County residents money and personal security.
â¨The scams mostly come in the form delivery and electronic mail, authorities say, and they can give thieves access to personal bank information if not handled properly.
â¨Tammy G. Sigmon, of Claremont, received a check in the mail through FedEx this week for $3,000. The check was supposedly sent through Key Bank NA in Brooklyn, Ohio from WakeFern Food Corp. in New Jersey.
With piano-playing hogs, a horse-naming competition and a star-studded music lineup, this yearâs Hickory American Legion Fair is all about the kids, fair officials announced Friday.
The 98th edition of the annual fair is going âhog wildâ in 2011, and officials said they are putting an emphasis on promoting agriculture this year. The fair will last from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.
Part of the âhog wildâ theme includes actual hogs as well. This year, the fair has booked performing pigs that dance and play music.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) â Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he has been told by coach Ron Rivera that he'll start Saturday night's preseason home opener against the New York Giants.
Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, will likely be the first quarterback off the bench.
That's not a big surprise considering Clausen has been getting all of the reps with the first-team offense.
One day after shutting out Kannapolis on the diamond, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the visiting Intimidators on Wednesday.
Kannapolis pitchers allowed three Hickory hits, and the Intimidators (63-49, 26-18) scored three runs â one in the second, seventh and eighth â on their way to the victory on the baseball diamond.
A home run by first basemen Dan Black to left field off of Hickory Crawdadsâ starter Ben Henry (4-2, 2.66) gave the Intimidators a lead they held for a majority of the baseball game.
Two coaching vacancies in the area have been filled.
Brad Mangum has been hired to coach the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team, while Denise Mullins takes over the St. Stephensâ volleyball program. Both hirings were officially approved Thursday.
Mangum, a 2001 graduate of South Caldwell High School, is a teacher assistant at Fred T. Foard.
He brings coaching experience from girls and boys basketball, including assisting the girls basketball program at South Caldwell from 2002-08 under coach Jeff Parham.
As high school football scrimmages continue in the area, St. Stephens welcomed Crest High School on the football field Wednesday.
The Indians and Trojans participated in a few drills, including 7-on-7 offensive and defensive drills, inside drills, 1-on-1 drills with wide receivers and defensive backs, a team session and a 20-minute varsity game situation.
For the first time, The Observer News Enterprise is hitting the links, but you donât have to own expensive golf equipment or be an experienced duffer to join in the fun.
With the inaugural edition of The O-N-E Classic on Saturday, Catawba Countyâs community newspaper is inviting area residents to join in a fun afternoon of mini-golf at Pin Station, and in the process, they can help a good cause â education.