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April 24th

Fire damages Newton family's home

April 24, 2012

A house blaze displaced a family of four early Tuesday morning in Newton.
Residents discovered a fire on the back porch of their home at 537 W. 12th St. shortly after 12:30 a.m.

"The fire was extending into the house," said Newton Fire Department Chief Kevin Yoder.

Catawba County arrests

April 24, 2012

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests.

April 22 arrests
* Gracie Nicole Simon, 29, of Conover, was arrested on charges of simple physical assault. She was held on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Fire destroys home near Claremont

April 24, 2012

Two people and a dog escaped an explosion and fire early Tuesday at a home just south of Claremont.

Firefighters said they believe an electrical failure sparked the fire in the utility room beside the carport of a home at 3601 Bethany Church Road. The fire destroyed the home, and an investigation continues.

Firefighters believe three cats did not make it out of the home alive.

April 23rd

Catawba County sports schedule

April 23, 2012

Tuesday, April 24
St. Stephens softball vs. Hickory
Maiden softball at East Burke
Bandys softball vs. South Iredell
Bunker Hill softball vs. West Caldwell
Newton-Conover softball vs. Draughn

St. Stephens baseball at Hickory
Maiden baseball at East Burke
Bandys baseball vs. South Iredell
Bunker Hill baseball vs. West Caldwell
Newton-Conover baseball vs. Draughn

Help needed to operate free dental clinic

April 23, 2012

Area dentists are seeking the help of nearly 200 volunteers for an upcoming dental clinic that will look to serve hundreds — possibly even thousands — in need of care.

Fire destroys Newton home

April 23, 2012

Fire destroyed a one-story house Sunday in south Newton.

Fire officials say a blaze completely destroyed the home at about 10 a.m. Sunday morning at 902 Elliot Lane in Newton.

Catawba County fire marshals investigated the scene and traced the fire back to either hot ashes or a discarded cigarette in a trashcan.

Stand Down serves at least 125 needy residents

April 23, 2012

The inaugural Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down served more than 125 veterans this weekend, event officials said Monday.

The 10-county collaborative Stand Down delivered medical screenings, dental care, clothes, food and other forms of assistance to homeless and veteran citizens in the region.

UPDATED: N.C. Senate GOP reveals plan for eliminating teacher tenure

April 23, 2012

North Carolina's public school teachers would see employment tenure eliminated, but become eligible for performance bonuses under an education reform package rolled out Monday by Senate Republicans.

Wind knocks out power in Newton

April 23, 2012

Strong winds knocked down power lines in South Newton on Monday, leaving businesses, day cares and government agencies without electricity for several hours.  

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.

CCS superintendent search continues

April 23, 2012

Catawba County Schools leaders continue the district's superintendent search process today.

The CCS Board of Education is scheduled to meet in closed session at 11:30 a.m., and a personnel discussion is the only item on a meeting agenda provided by the system.

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