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January 16th, 2015

Girl Scout Cookies have arrived

January 16, 2015

Bullard, age seven of Newton, and Aby Rosario, age seven of Newton, load the back of an SUV with boxes of cookies as the Newton Girl Scout Daisy troop 02407 get ready for the cookie season.

Cookie booths will be set up around the county through March 1. For more information visit girlscoutsp2p.org.

High school students to use 10-point scale

January 16, 2015

The North Carolina State Board of Education has made the decision to transition all N.C. high school students from the 7-point grading scale to the 10-point grading scale, making the cutoff for a grade ‘A’ 90 points instead of 93.

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.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

January 16, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards on February 22 and the list of who will be nominated for an Oscar has been announced. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead the nominations list with nine each. Meryl Streep nabbed her 19th nomination, and Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive acting nod.

January 14th

Pep for your step

January 14, 2015

Jered Sturgill and Melvin Whistlehunt had a dream that day by day they are making into a reality. Their dream started this past summer as they were sitting around talking at a family barbeque.

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.

Home near Claremont ruled total loss after fire

January 14, 2015

A home on Stewart Rd. near Claremont burned to the ground on Sunday night.

“When we got there the whole attic and the roof was on fire,” said Oxford Fire Department Chief Wayne Smith.

The home was a mobile home that had been built onto, Smith said.

Library PIO to retire

January 14, 2015

Tammy Wilson, 60, “thought it would be fun” to work with the Catawba County Library System.

Originally volunteering for the library, she began working part time as the Public Information Officer in March of 2006 and is now retiring.

Newton gets ready for some rehab

January 14, 2015

“Towns all have their own personality – they’re like people,” said Allison Platt. “They’re each unique but they all have a certain something.”

The Downtown Streetscape Master Plan Review Committee and the City of Newton have partnered with Allison Platt & Associates and The Wooten Company to revamp and revitalize the heart of Newton.

January 13th

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

January 13, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Preview and Predictions: League Championship Round

1/18/15
Green Bay @ Seattle 3:05pm
Betting: Over/Under: 47 Spread: Seattle -7

What to watch for:

BREAKING: School systems announce delays

January 13, 2015

Catawba County, Newton-Conover City and Hickory Public Schools are all operating on a two-hour delay on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.

All three schools issued statements Tuesday afternoon regarding the delays in normal schedule.

Collision in Conover

January 13, 2015

An accident on Hwy. 70 near McDonald’s in Conover redirected traffic for about a mile in the eastbound lane. The traffic was held up for about 30 minutes. Conover Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene where a person was initially reported as trapped in the vehicle. No further information was available as of press time.

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