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April 13th, 2015

Strunk joins NCHSAA Hall on Saturday

April 13, 2015

A Newton native and former Observer News Enterprise employee takes his place among the state's best on Saturday.

Rick Strunk is one of eight members of this year's North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame class, which will be officially inducted at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Friday Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

R U OK Program saving lives in Maiden

April 13, 2015

When Evelyn Lowman, 87, didn’t answer her daily “R U OK” phone call from the Maiden Police Department on March 26, Lt. Donna Hartman began to worry.

“I went out to check on her and couldn’t get her to the door,” Hartman said. “That’s always a little bit scary.”

Armed robbery at Dollar General

April 13, 2015

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robber at the Dollar General located at the intersection of Highway 16 Business and Highway 150 near Denver.

A black male wearing a blue ski mask entered the store with a gun and demanded money from the clerk, according to Sheriff Coy Reid.

One dead after head-on collision

April 13, 2015

One person was confirmed dead after a head-on collision Friday afternoon.

At approximately 1:14 p.m on Friday, officials responded to an accident on Kool Park Road near St. Stephens High School in Hickory.

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.

April 9th

LR student charged with armed robbery

April 9, 2015

The Office of Safety and Security at Lenoir-Rhyne University have issued an alert to all students, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community to be aware of an alleged incident that occurred on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

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.

Three children, two adults injured after SUV rollover

April 9, 2015

Five passengers, including three children, were sent to local hospitals after their Ford SUV rolled over multiple times at the intersection of St. James Church Road and Ashley Street near Newton around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Officials said the children were ages 1, 4 and 6.

‘We’re coming to get you’

April 9, 2015

Some were calm, some were frantic and some were barely awake as officers escorted alleged drug offenders through E Sally Port 401 and into the Catawba County Detention Center Wednesday morning.

April 8th

Jury reaches verdict in Boston Marathon bombing

April 8, 2015

BOSTON — A jury has reached a verdict in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

The verdict is expected to be announced shortly in U.S. District Court. Lawyers and survivors of the bombing are gathering in court.

The verdict was reached Wednesday afternoon after a little over 12 hours of deliberations over two days.

Actor who played 'Dukes of Hazzard' sheriff dies at age 88

April 8, 2015

The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88.

His wife of 29 years, Dorothy Best, said that Best died Monday night in hospice care in Hickory from complications of pneumonia.

ReasonCon-Secular event to be held in Hickory

April 8, 2015

“We wanted to have a convention that promoted reason,” Hickory Humanist Alliance (HHA) President Gene Elliott, 41, said.

The ReasonCon event, according to the HHA press release, is “expected to be the largest secular convention in the Carolinas.”

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