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April 2nd, 2014

Reigning Teacher of the Year receives gift

April 2, 2014

A seventh grade language arts teacher at Maiden Middle School, Bethany Settlemyre, was selected as the Catawba County Schools Teacher of the Year for the 2012-13 school year.

She is still being recognized for her achievements.

Whitney Marti and Dan Hummert, of Hickory Mazda Mitsubishi, presented her with an award on Wednesday afternoon.

April 1st

Victims receive checks from Ponzi scheme

April 1, 2014

After waiting more than five years since his initial arrest, victims of the J.V. Huffman and Biltmore Financial Group, Inc. Ponzi scheme have finally received their money — part of it, at least.

Joshua Vance “J.V.” Huffman, of Conover, was arrested on Nov. 7, 2008 after scamming close to 500 people out of approximately $25 million with his company.

March 31st

Second annual event raises more than $3,000

March 31, 2014

The sound of a shotgun heard over pouring rain signaled the start of the second annual NC Troopers Footchase 5K and Fun Run in Conover on Saturday.

Nearly 300 participants gathered at the starting line at the new Conover City Park.

From elementary students to adults over 60, the community showed their support for the event which raised money for Catawba Regional Hospice.

March 28th

Conover garden center gets a fresh look, new owners

March 28, 2014

Big ideas are blooming at the newly owned and renovated garden center in Conover.

Blooms, owned by Carmen and David Huffman, is located at 1604 Hwy 16 N. The center, formerly Greenwood Nursery, has been given a fresh coat of paint and filled with new supplies and smiling faces.

March 27th

Pottery festival returning on Saturday

March 27, 2014

Fine art will be on display this weekend in Hickory.

The Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

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.

March 26th

Shuford Elementary hosts Career days

March 26, 2014

Students begin thinking about their career choices at a young age, even as young as elementary school.

Shuford Elementary in Conover hosted their annual K-5 Career Days on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

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

March 25th

Ancestor traced to Orphan Train

March 26, 2014

The Main branch of the Catawba County Library System in Newton boarded a train to the past on Tuesday for a presentation that dated all the way back to 1853.

In conjunction with the Catawba County Genealogical Society, Tammy Wilson presented “Orphan Train.”

March 24th

Conover girl turns reading into gold

March 24, 2014

With digital distractions like Snapchat and Angry Birds, reading is often seen as a dying pastime among younger generations.

One local Girl Scout, Jessica Shook, of Conover, set out to change that mindset with her recent service project, “Reading for Fun.”

March 21st

Spelling bee returns for eighth year on Tuesday

March 21, 2014

Are you R-E-A-D-Y?

The Newton-Conover Education Foundation will be holding their eighth annual Red Hot Spelling Bee presented by The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook on March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Newton-Conover High School.

March 20th

Concordia marks a historic milestone

March 20, 2014

History was celebrated this week at Concordia Lutheran Church and School.

Both institutions marked their 135th anniversaries with a number of different events, which started on Sunday.

Starting out as Conover High School in 1878, the school eventually was renamed Concordia High School and later chartered as Concordia College in 1881.

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