February 18th, 2014
Newton City Council's retreat has been anything, but a vacation.
The council was on retreat starting on Monday and ending today, discussing new ways to improve the city.
During the retreat, the council held its regularly scheduled meeting at a not-so familiar location â€” the Newton Expo.
With contributions from both its starting five and bench, the Newton-Conover boys basketball team advance in the SD-7 tournament.
The Red Devils defeated West Lincoln, 90-51, at home on Tuesday to move on to tonightâ€™s round two at CVCCâ€™s Tarlton Complex.
Below is a look at Tuesday's conference tournament playoff games involving the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A:
Southern District 7
No. 1 Bandys 81, No. 8 West Lincoln 14
No. 2 Bunker Hill 64, No. 7 East Lincoln 15
No. 3 Maiden 45, No. 6 Lincolnton 35
No. 4 Newton-Conover 57, No. 5 West Caldwell 23
Dr. John C. James of Maiden, went to be with his heavenly father at Abernathy Laurels on Feb. 15, 2014. Goodin-Drum funeral home, of Maiden, is serving the James family.
Bobby Eugene Lail, age 75, of Conover, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Lail family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Newton native Becky McRee is home again and is married to a high school classmate. But during the years since their 1961 graduation, she lived in one of the worldâ€™s bloodiest war zones as the daughter-in-law of a Moslem sheikh and traveled the globe repeatedly.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education appointed a brand new member on Monday night.
The Board appointed Bernard Coulter to the vacant seat left by Scott Loudermelt, who resigned on Jan. 24 after serving for 10 years.
The Newton-Conover boys and Bandys girls basketball teams closed out regular season championship seasons on Monday with a pair of the victories.
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.
Below is a look at Monday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bandys 91, Newton-Conover 48
Maiden 46, Lincolnton 41
West Caldwell 38, Bunker Hill 34
St. Stephens 66, Fred T. Foard 26 (from Saturday)
Lincolnton 72, Maiden 52
Newton-Conover 85, Bandys 72
West Caldwell 53, Bunker Hill 41
Maggie Pope Korn, 89, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2014 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Korn family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
The Honorable Clifton H. Smith was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fill the seat of the retiring 25th District Court Judge Suzanne Owsley.
Smith was sworn in by Chief District Court Judge Robert Brady in a ceremony on Friday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.