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Newton's Mark Hanel makes Halloween decorations for his yard in Newton. He constructs frightening mannequins, including the zombie Demona, by hand for his annual display.
Check back each week as The Observer News Enterprise selects photos of the week from images captured in Catawba County in previous days.
Catawba County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss legislative opportunities, challenges and consequences of the stateâ€™s budget.
Commissioners will meet with members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissionersâ€™ Advocacy Team (NCACC) on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s Sipe Boardroom.
County officials say commissioners normally discuss legislative agendas for the N.C. General Assembly and U.S. Congress, and Thursdayâ€™s meeting will highlight current issues facing the state.
Since Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2010, groups across the state have held events, memorials and remembrance ceremonies for the late 10-year-old girl.
Organizations like the Kiwanis Club have raised thousands of dollars for a Zahra Baker memorial playground. Groups like the Childrenâ€™s Advocacy and Protection Agency have held remembrance ceremonies to remember Zahra and all other child homicide victims.
On Sunday, area authorities used a brick to remember the little girl.
RALEIGH â€” North Carolina state Sen. Jim Forrester, a physician and social conservative who secured a legislative victory just weeks ago with a constitutional referendum next spring on whether to ban gay marriage, died Monday after a brief hospitalization, according to his daughter. He was 74.
A Conover man is in jail after authorities say he tried to kill a man with a box cutter early Saturday morning.
Authorities say one man stabbed another in the neck when an argument between the men escalated after midnight Saturday near the 2800 block of 12th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.
Hickory police say Andre Douglas Little, 42, of Conover, was arguing with an acquaintance at about 12:16 a.m. Saturday at the Ridgecrest Apartments when he stabbed the man in the neck.
A fellow customer caught a Claremont woman stealing basic hygiene and consumer items at the local Dollar General store on Friday night.
Authorities say Jamie Sartin, 34, of 4243 Jennifer Lane in Claremont, was shopping at the Dollar General on Centennial Boulevard at about 8:50 p.m. Friday when a customer saw her trying to steal several items.
The customer alerted store officials, who found Sartin trying to steal deodorant, toothpaste, oil candles and several other items from the store.
Claremont Police were called and cops charged Sartin with concealment of goods.
From the plates to the polls, from the schools to the sky and everywhere in between, the following list provides a sampling of events happening this week in Catawba County. For more, check back throughout the week at observernewsonline.com, and pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at news stands each day.
Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.
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Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.
Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.
Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.
It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.
Maiden 31, Draughn 7â€¨
Maiden the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference runner-up spot with an impressive victory over Draughn, 31-7.
Will Jenkins led the Blue Devils with 214 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns. On defense he collected an interception. Quarterback Matt Johnson rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.
Draughn got on the board first when quarterback Keith Loomis connected with Alex McGee for a 25-yard touchdown.
Maiden trailed for 10 seconds.
On the ensuing kick-off Jose Campos raced 99 yards for a touchdown.