For the first time in its 133-year history as Catawba County’s oldest operating newspaper, the Observer-News-Enterprise has a woman publisher. Texas native and veteran newspaper and magazine executive Nanci Batson has come to Newton from Rhode Island to take the reins of the paper.
What was once affectionately known as the Artist Cafe, will be known as Blue Moon Tavern come January 2013. The building has been empty for more than a year as the Artist Cafe closed its doors on July 23, 2011. But with a fresh awning out front and new seating inside, Blue Moon Tavern hopes to bring a new casual dining experience to Newton.