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August 19th, 2011

Storm closes Riverbend Park Friday and Saturday

August 19, 2011

Storms in the Catawba Valley on Thursday forced the temporary closure of one Catawba County park.

Riverbend Park will be closed Friday and Saturday due to damage from a storm Thursday evening, according to officials with Catawba County Parks.

A full survey of the park Friday morning found extensive downed trees, debris and damage in several service areas. Park staff has advised it will take additional time to clean up the damage so the public may safely enjoy the park, according to Catawba County Public Information Officer Dave Hardin.

A salute to sacrifice

August 19, 2011

With every gift, comes responsibility. The American Legion’s state chaplain said Americans’ greatest gift, freedom, brings with it the responsibility of never forgetting the sacrifice that soldiers have made for us over the years.

American Legion’s N.C. Chaplain Randy Cash drew applause and cheers from a Newton crowd to kick off the 122nd Reunion Day on Thursday. Cash, along with Newton Mayor Pro-tem Anne Stedman, spoke to a crowd of about 100 reunion goers about the importance of remembering those who died for America and those who live within its borders.

Patterns of patriotism

August 19, 2011

On the most patriotic day of Newton’s year, Patricia Gabriel and members of the Catawba County Republican Women’s Club were proudly showing their colors.

“We need to revive and instill patriotism locally and for our country,” Gabriel said at the group’s Court Square tent during Reunion Day on Thursday.

And she hopes her contributions to the club’s fund-raising efforts will do just that, as well as support other worthy causes.

August 17th

Saluting our heroes

August 17, 2011

For Catawba County native James P. Isenhower Sr., military service has become a family tradition.

From the time he and his brothers volunteered for the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II through the same volunteer spirit his grandsons exhibit in their own military careers, the family has produced three generations of soldiers.

And the 90-year-old resident of Conover can't help but be a little proud.

"I am proud of what I did," he said, adding he was even more proud of the service of two brothers, his sons and grandsons. "I respect them very much."

Claremont resident scammed, again

August 17, 2011

The latest online scam cost one Claremont man valuable personal records and could have cost his friends even more.

Henry Helton, the city of Claremont’s special events coordinator, admits to falling for an e-mail scam earlier this month, but is hoping citizens can learn from his mistakes.

Teacher jailed for highway sideshow

August 17, 2011

A teacher was arrested on Tuesday after fondling himself outside a family restaurant on U.S. 70 in Hickory.

Police say Michael Lennell Wallace, 54, was exposing and fondling himself in the grassy area outside Ruby Tuesday’s in Hickory while facing oncoming traffic. When a citizen stopped to question what Wallace was doing, the exposed man fled the scene.

The citizen noted Wallace’s license plate number, and authorities later arrested him at his home at 20th Ave. Dr. NE in Hickory.

O-N-E gives away ASU tickets on Reunion Day

August 17, 2011

At the peak of Soldiers Reunion week, Catawba County's community newspaper is giving away some of its biggest prizes.

During Soldiers Reunion Day on Thursday, The Observer News Enterprise invites area residents to stop by the newspaper's tent on the north side of the Court Square.

When they do, they could win prizes, said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard.

Long-time dentist passes on his practice

August 17, 2011

After nearly four decades working in pediatric and family dentistry, Dr. Penn Waldron is retiring his dental tools.

"I think it is time to give it up to a younger, fresher mind, with more knowledge," said Waldron, 70.

As Waldron passes his practice on to that "younger, fresher mind," Dr. Ross Penland, he said he has the fullest confidence in his successor.

"I was ready to let go," Waldron said. "I thoroughly trust and appreciate what Ross can do, and I have no misgivings at all."

August 16th

Newton gets first tattoo parlor, gallery

August 16, 2011

When Margaret Moose opened Studio 258 three weeks ago, a couple of guys showed up wanting to be the first people tattooed in Newton – legally, that is.

A tattoo artist and painter, Moose was generally amused by the gentlemen’s effort, but had to tell them they were too late and would have to settle for being the second people tattooed in the city.

Tire explodes in man’s face

August 16, 2011

A tire exploded in a man’s face Monday in the parking of Penske Truck Rental in Conover.

Conover Police say Johnny Henson Bryon, 63, of Conover, was putting air in the tire of a hand truck on Monday when it blew up. Fragments of the wheel came back and hit him in the face, causing damage to his facial and throat area, said Steve Brewer, Conover Police chief.

Bryson was transported to the hospital and was discharged as of press time Wednesday, according to a Catawba Valley Medical Center operator.

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