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January 13th, 2015

Claremont man convicted of three felonies

January 13, 2015

Tony Ray Shatley, 39, of Claremont, N.C., pleaded guilty to three felonies and a driving while impaired charge during Catawba County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 9.

Shatley was convicted of felony larceny, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and habitual felon status stemming from a Jan. 17, 2014, incident when he stole a pickup truck and led officers from Hickory...

French Connection

January 13, 2015

“The hardest part has been the last two weeks,” said Marie Messeant, a foreign exchange student at Newton-Conover High School. “ I had tried to only talk to my parents once a week, but with everything that is going on in France I have talked to my family every day this week.”

Messeant is visiting from Chatel-Guyon, France — a city about four hours south of Paris.

January 12th

Pro Football Playoff Recap

January 12, 2015

Pro Football Playoff Recap
Seattle 31 (13-4) vs
Carolina 17 (8-9-1)

Sex Crime Conviction

January 12, 2015

Edmundo Bello-Gomez, 50, of Conover, N.C., pleaded guilty as charged to three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of attempted first-degree rape in Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The offenses involved a 10-year-old female child and occurred between April 2009 and May 2010. There was no plea bargain.

Local furniture company to host job fair, hire 75

January 12, 2015

The furniture industry is no stranger to western North Carolina.
“It’s always good to see the furniture industry grow,” said Mike Webb, Human Resource Manager of Century Furniture in Long View.

Abernethy cleared of charges

January 12, 2015

In March of 2014, Newton Councilman Robert Abernethy, Jr. was arrested and charged with resisting a public officer, failure to obey a traffic officer and reckless driving by Greensboro Police.

On his way home from a basketball game, Abernethy said he attempted to continue straight down a road where an unidentified person was directing traffic to turn left.

January 9th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 9, 2015

Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month.

Newton officer gains certification

January 9, 2015

City of Newton Code Enforcement Officer Jon Raines took the law enforcement oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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.

Catawba County man pleads guilty to child sex crimes

January 9, 2015

Derrick Allen Black, 27, of Catawba County, pleaded guilty to child sex crimes in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Mr. Black pleaded guilty as charged to statutory rape of a child and a statutory sex offense (B1 felonies) in reference to offenses that occurred on April 4, 2013.

Students learn weather

January 9, 2015

Emma Winters, 10, used her Ipad to look up Thursday’s weather in different cities around the world. The coldest temperature she looked up was in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the high was -10 degrees.

“I like the cold weather here,” Winters said. “But I wouldn’t want to be in that extreme temperature up there.”

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Below is a look at Wednesday's sports scores and postponements involving Catawba County teams:...


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