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April 8th, 2015

EASTER CLASSIC: Watauga wins 1st title in 1st try

April 8, 2015

Below is a look at Monday's first-round scores and Tuesday's schedule for the 25th Annual Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic:

Monday’s first-round scores (at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds)
No. 7 Fred T. Foard 7, No. 2 Hickory 2
No. 3 Bunker Hill 12, No. 6 St. Stephens 6
No. 1 Maiden 8, No. 8 West Caldwell 7
No. 4 Watauga 9, No. 5 Newton-Conover 0

Jury reaches verdict in Boston Marathon bombing

April 8, 2015

BOSTON — A jury has reached a verdict in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

The verdict is expected to be announced shortly in U.S. District Court. Lawyers and survivors of the bombing are gathering in court.

The verdict was reached Wednesday afternoon after a little over 12 hours of deliberations over two days.

Actor who played 'Dukes of Hazzard' sheriff dies at age 88

April 8, 2015

The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88.

His wife of 29 years, Dorothy Best, said that Best died Monday night in hospice care in Hickory from complications of pneumonia.

ReasonCon-Secular event to be held in Hickory

April 8, 2015

“We wanted to have a convention that promoted reason,” Hickory Humanist Alliance (HHA) President Gene Elliott, 41, said.

The ReasonCon event, according to the HHA press release, is “expected to be the largest secular convention in the Carolinas.”

April 7th

EASTER CLASSIC: Tuesday's second day scores

April 7, 2015

Below is a look at Monday's first-round scores and Tuesday's schedule for the 25th Annual Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic:

Monday’s first-round scores (at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds)
No. 7 Fred T. Foard 7, No. 2 Hickory 2
No. 3 Bunker Hill 12, No. 6 St. Stephens 6
No. 1 Maiden 8, No. 8 West Caldwell 7
No. 4 Watauga 9, No. 5 Newton-Conover 0

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke's Fantastic Freshmen Lead the Blue Devils to the National Title

April 7, 2015

Duke's freshmen lead them to the national title.

Teen accused of burning neighbor’s property

April 7, 2015

Jordan Max Hunt, 19, of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested for allegedly setting fire to his neighbor’s outbuilding, according to Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. The fire was found at 1:12 a.m., Reid said.

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.

Sweet Sunrise-Newton church celebrates Easter

April 7, 2015

At 7:05 a.m. on Sunday the bright morning sun arose over the cemetery at Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton. Though the granite graves were filled with loved ones, followers of Jesus Christ came out in remembrance and rejoicement of an empty tomb.

‘Village’ proposed in Sherrills Ford

April 7, 2015

Big changes could be on the way for the Sherrills Ford-Terrell community.

At Monday morning’s Catawba County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, an informational presentation was given about the proposed Village at Sherrills Ford planned development, which would bring the “village center” concept to the area on about 200 acres of land around Highway 150 and Slanting Bridge Road.

April 6th

Comeback! Duke tops Wisconsin for fifth national title

April 7, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Call them freshmen. Please, do not call them kids.

Led by Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke's talented group of youngsters played like salty old pros down the stretch, outscoring Wisconsin by 14 points over the final 13 minutes Monday night to grit out a 68-63 victory for the program's fifth national title.

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