Archive - 2014 - News Article
Anthony Starr, current Assistant Executive Director of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG), has been named the new Executive Director of the WPCOG effective January 1, 2015.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Shuford Elementary Schoolâ€™s 5th grade students had an exciting day, on Thursday, Dec. 11th.
Educator Sherry Williams, from the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, visited with a batch of preserved amphibians for the students to study. The 5th graders are learning about the human body systems and how each structure functions.
Bursting someoneâ€™s bubble becomes quite literal for John and Shanda Boyles when they strap on their 20 pound suits and bump, flip and roll through their front yard. Their suits, comprised mostly of air, are known as Bubble Balls and serve as the basis of their Newton company, Bubble Sports.
Reaching the $500,000 mark in fund raising was the theme of a recent celebration at the Historic Newton Depot on November 15 that was open to the public. Almost 100 people ventured out on that very cold Saturday to see several new artifacts that will be on display at the Southeast Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum being created at the Depot.
Ivy Robertson felt the need to give to the less fortunate pressing on her heart when she decided to begin In My Fatherâ€™s House. Robertsonâ€™s family and a group of volunteers have been collecting coats and food for the needy for about five years. In the last few weeks, In My Fatherâ€™s House opened the doors to their thrift store in downtown Newton for the first time.
"It's a form of youth voice engaged in community decision making," said Catawba County 4-H Youth Development Director Donna Mull.
Youth councils exist on local, state and international levels among governments, non-governmental organizations and schools.
In the fall of 2013, Butch Parker, Assistant Athletic Director for Maiden High School, and Penny Howe, owner of Rose Mill Antiques, decided that downtown Maiden needed an event to draw in more business and rekindle the feeling of community. Within a few short months, the first ever Merry Maiden Downtown Christmas Celebration was born.
Carly Moser, of Claremont, was on her way out the door on Wednesday when she noticed smoke and flames coming from the house across the street. Moser called 9-1-1 at approximately 12:10 and members of Oxford Fire Department, Claremont Fire Department, Catawba Fire Department and Conover Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly thereafter.
Santa Clause and his elves are busy working at the North Pole, building toys for the little girls and boys who have been especially good throughout the year. Sometimes, though, Santa needs a little extra help to make sure every child has a joyful Christmas.