Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
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.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) wants to hear from you regarding their transportation priorities as part of an effort to implement the stateâs new law.
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.
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. Itâs 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.
After receiving rave reviews from all constituents, the âChampions Courseâ 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.
Hickory poet Scott Owens was featured on Garrison Keillorâs National Public Radio show, âThe Writerâs Almanacâ on Thursday.
Owensâ poem, âCleaning House,â from his new collection âEye of the Beholderâ was read aloud by Keillor on this daily nationally syndicated radio and online show. Readers can still hear the poem at writersalmanac.publicradio.org.
Steroids â theyâve become a huge topicÂ 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?
The battle of yard sales ordinance still wages on for the city of Newton.
In last nightâs meeting, the Newton City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance on yard sales with Mayor Anne Stedmanâs vote breaking the tie.
Despite a majority vote, the ordinance did not pass.
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.
âItâs a beautiful day to have a march,â said Catawba County NAACP President Jerry McCombs. âThe sun was shining, and it was a success.â
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.