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January 28th

BREAKING: CCS, NCCS closed on Wednesday

January 28, 2014

Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools have both announced they will be closed on Wednesday.

Hickory Public Schools will also be closed.

For further updates on school delays and cancellations, be sure to visit observernewsonline.com.

January 24th

Residents asked to provide their thoughts, ideas

January 24, 2014

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) wants to hear from you regarding their transportation priorities as part of an effort to implement the state’s new law.

Loudermelt resigns after 10 years on N-CCS Board

January 24, 2014

The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education is seeking a new member after Scott Loudermelt resigned on Thursday.

Loudermelt was one of the longest tenured board members, having served the Conover district for the past 10 years. His first day on the N-CCS Board was Dec. 1, 2003.

January 23rd

Off the chain: Tompkins carves creations

January 23, 2014

Brad Tompkins may be the best kept secret in Catawba County.

Tompkins works for the city of Newton as tree trimmer. His job is not what makes him special, though. It’s want he creates outside of work that does.

After Tompkins trims trees down, he turns them into works of art. Tompkins uses his chainsaw to sculpt animals such as bears, eagles and frogs.

Tournament, ‘Champions course’ returns in October

January 23, 2014

After receiving rave reviews from all constituents, the “Champions Course” at Rock Barn Golf & Spa will return for the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, which is set for Oct. 13-19 in Conover.

Local poet Owens is featured on radio show

January 23, 2014

Hickory poet Scott Owens was featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show, “The Writer’s Almanac” on Thursday.

Owens’ poem, “Cleaning House,” from his new collection “Eye of the Beholder” was read aloud by Keillor on this daily nationally syndicated radio and online show. Readers can still hear the poem at writersalmanac.publicradio.org.

January 21st

Different policies for schools regarding drug testing

January 21, 2014

Steroids — they’ve become a huge topic in the world of sports.

Performance-enhancing drugs have changed the landscape of both college and professional sports, but what happens when that same culture affects the prep sports realm?

Ordinance receives majority vote, doesn’t pass

January 21, 2014

The battle of yard sales ordinance still wages on for the city of Newton.

In last night’s meeting, the Newton City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance on yard sales with Mayor Anne Stedman’s vote breaking the tie.

Despite a majority vote, the ordinance did not pass.

January 20th

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2014

Downtown Newton was filled with remembrance and song on Monday morning as the Catawba County branch of the NAACP hosted a march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s a beautiful day to have a march,” said Catawba County NAACP President Jerry McCombs. “The sun was shining, and it was a success.”

Mobile meth lab is discovered in Maiden

January 20, 2014

A Maiden Police Officer discovered components of a mobile meth lab in the passenger area of a vehicle during a traffic stop just after midnight Saturday on Water Plant Road.

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.

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