March 7th, 2014
The Bandys girls basketball team tries to advance to the 2A state championship game and claim the 2A West Regional title on Saturday.
The undefeated Lady Trojans (30-0) take on Franklin (24-3) in Saturdayâ€™s West title game at 1 p.m. at Fleming Gymnasium on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
Due to weather that arrived late Thursday and continued into the morning hours, all three school systems in Catawba County are closed on Friday.
Newton-Conover City, Catawba County and Hickory Public schools all announced their closings on Friday morning. There is an optional teacher work day for all three systems on Friday, as well.
The city of Claremont is about to get a hot new makeover by its very own citizens.
The city has designated six to eight fire hydrants in the downtown area to be reimagined into pieces of community artwork.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Below is a look at Thursday's prep sports scores and postponements involving Catawba County teams:
Patton 13, Newton-Conover 1
St. Stephens 3, West Iredell 0
Bunker Hill at Hibriten, ppd. April 9
West Iredell 2, Maiden 0
Hickory at Newton-Conover, suspended
Michael Scott Norris, age 31, of Newton died Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Memorials may be made to: Toys for Tots or Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.
Nhia Chou Vang, 68 of Hickory died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Burial will follow Monday, March 10, 2014 at Southside Cemetery in Newton.
Pleaze David Guynn, age 63, of Conover, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Davie Medical Center in Mocksville. Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Troop 322, 310 5th Street NE, Conover, NC 28613.
Within the city of Conover lies a sleeping giant thatâ€™s ready to be awakened.
Since October 2013, the Republic Recycling Service in Conover has been recently building what they call a Single Stream Machine.
The machine itself stands as tall as the recycling facility itâ€™s stored in.
Below is a look at Wednesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bunker Hill 9, Hibriten 8
Maiden 7, Fred T. Foard 6 (nine innings)
Newton-Conover 1, Hickory 0 (nine innings)
Shelby 12, Newton-Conover 0 (five innings)
West Lincoln 9, Fred T. Foard 1
Fred T. Foard 1, Polk County 0
Charles Richard Medlin Sr. â€śBig Mâ€ť, age 65, of Newton, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Brian Center East in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Medlin family.
Martha Pope Carpenter, 93, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Carpenter family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
A new way to pay your utilities bill was featured in last nights Newton City Council meeting.