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February 12th

BREAKING: School systems closed on Thursday

February 12, 2014

Newton-Conover City and Catawba County school systems are both closed for Thursday, Feb. 13 in lieu of inclement weather.

Both systems announced their closing around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

February 10th

Seven candidates register on first day of filing

February 11, 2014

Monday was a busy day at the Catawba County Board of Elections office with seven candidates filing for offices.

Of those seven names who filed, all represent the Republican party.

Three of the seven who filed on Monday were a trio of women running for Clerk of Superior Court.

Sen. Austin Allran won’t seek re-election

February 11, 2014

After 34 years in office, Sen. Austin Allran announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Allran, who represents both Catawba and Alexander counties, is the senior member of the State Senate and ranks number-one in seniority among Republicans in both houses of the General Assembly.

February 7th

Troopers sponsor annual 5K event to give back

February 7, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, the streets of Conover will be filled with runners helping to give back to their community.

At least this is the hope of State Trooper Kelly Stewart.

Stewart and other officers of Troop F worked together to organize last year’s Trooper 5K and Fun Run, which has now become an annual event.

Clifton Smith appointed to complete Owsley’s term

February 7, 2014

Clifton Smith has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fill Judge L. Suzanne Owsley’s remaining term in 25th Prosecutorial District.

The appointed of Smith was officially announced on Friday.

Smith has served as the chief assistant district attorney for the past three years and has worked as an assistant district attorney since 2006.

February 6th

Butler announces run for Board of Commissioners

February 6, 2014

Sherry Edmonds Butler, a leader in both the cultural arts, education, and government spheres of Catawba County, has announced her candidacy for one of three seats on the county Board of Commissioners to be filled by voters in this year’s election.

Kaminski wins Spelling Bee for second year in a row

February 6, 2014

Plateau. P-L-A-T-E-A-U.

This word and its correct spelling marked the end of Thursday's Catawba County Schools District Spelling Bee, with Jacobs Fork Middle School's Brandon Kaminski winning for the second year in a row.

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.

February 5th

Scott Reilly to run for District Attorney

February 5, 2014

Veteran Newton attorney Scott Reilly announced from the steps of the 1924 Courthouse on Wednesday that he is running in the upcoming election to unseat 25th District Attorney James C. “Jay” Gaither, Jr.

During his tenure, Reilly has worked as a prosecutor, assistant district attorney and a defense attorney.

Gaither planning District Attorney re-election bid

February 5, 2014

James C. “Jay” Gaither, Jr., current District Attorney of the 25th Prosecutorial District, was elected in November of 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

Gaither confirmed to the O-N-E on Wednesday that he will be running for re-election. Filing begins Feb. 10.

February 4th

Ordinance on yard sales passes with majority vote

February 4, 2014

The battle over an ordinance on yard sales has finally come to an end.

The vote on the proposed ordinance didn’t change at last night’s Newton City Council meeting from last month’s rejected 4-3 vote.

To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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