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January 23rd, 2014
Brad Tompkins may be the best kept secret in Catawba County.
Tompkins works for the city of Newton as tree trimmer. His job is not what makes him special, though. Itâs want he creates outside of work that does.
After Tompkins trims trees down, he turns them into works of art. Tompkins uses his chainsaw to sculpt animals such as bears, eagles and frogs.
After receiving rave reviews from all constituents, the âChampions Courseâ at Rock Barn Golf & Spa will return for the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, which is set for Oct. 13-19 in Conover.
Hickory poet Scott Owens was featured on Garrison Keillorâs National Public Radio show, âThe Writerâs Almanacâ on Thursday.
Owensâ poem, âCleaning House,â from his new collection âEye of the Beholderâ was read aloud by Keillor on this daily nationally syndicated radio and online show. Readers can still hear the poem at writersalmanac.publicradio.org.
Steroids â theyâve become a huge topicÂ in the world of sports.
Performance-enhancing drugs have changed the landscape of both college and professional sports, but what happens when that same culture affects the prep sports realm?
The battle of yard sales ordinance still wages on for the city of Newton.
In last nightâs meeting, the Newton City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance on yard sales with Mayor Anne Stedmanâs vote breaking the tie.
Despite a majority vote, the ordinance did not pass.
Downtown Newton was filled with remembrance and song on Monday morning as the Catawba County branch of the NAACP hosted a march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
âItâs a beautiful day to have a march,â said Catawba County NAACP President Jerry McCombs. âThe sun was shining, and it was a success.â
A Maiden Police Officer discovered components of a mobile meth lab in the passenger area of a vehicle during a traffic stop just after midnight Saturday on Water Plant Road.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Newton-Conover Middle School wrestling team represented strong during Saturdayâs Little Indian Classic at St. Stephens High School.
Red Devil wrestlers Devin Chambers, Barrett Harkins, Francisco Tapia and C.J. Blanton all won first place in their respective weight classes at the event.
The ladies of the Carolina Style Chorus consider it to be one of the best kept secrets in the area, but they are ready for the community to hear their voices loud and clear.
The chorus is a part of an international organization, the Sweet Adelines, who work to learn and perform barbershop style music.
Having the flu is no big deal, right?
Well, think again.
Currently, 27 people in the state of North Carolina have died as a result from the flu â three of them being from Catawba County.
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.