February 11th, 2015
Catawba County Schools (CCS) has issued Holistic School Performance Grades for each of its 27 eligible schools.
Following an almost two month long investigation, a Catawba County woman has been charged with embezzlement from the business where she worked as a bookkeeper for six years.
Donna Marie Varin, 50, of 2540 Pinacle Drive, Catawba, NC was charged with one felony count of Embezzlement in Excess of $100,000.
Like a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds," Newton is being invaded.
In case you haven't noticed, black vultures have made themselves at home throughout downtown, roosting at places like Beth Eden Lutheran Church, the Newton Water Tower and the old Goins Enterprise Commercial Warehousing building.
Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bandys 69, West Lincoln 26
Freedom 72, St. Stephens 48
Hickory 76, Watauga 26
Maiden 67, East Lincoln 63
Newton-Conover 69, Bunker Hill 51
South Caldwell 40, Fred T. Foard 23
East Lincoln 87, Maiden 52
Fred T. Foard 77, South Caldwell 40
Fred T. Foard wrestler Brycen Walker leaps into the arms of head coach Mike Carey in celebration of his 4-2 overtime win against Moreheadâ€™s William Pryor on Saturday. The Tigers (40-1) won their 67th straight home match, defeating the Panthers to earn their second dual team state title in the past three years. Walker was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Around 4 p.m. on Sunday, numerous fire departments across Lincoln, Catawba, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties were alerted to a structure fire at Universal Rubber Products, located off Hwy. 16 business in East Lincoln.
I woke up in shock as I learned of Dean Smith's passing on Sunday.
Texts, Twitter updates, and Facebook messages came rolling in as I went about my day â€“ that is until I looked up.
The sky had no clouds in sight on the early February morning â€“ it was a perfect Carolina blue.
Earlier this year, Observer News Enterprise Publisher Seth Mabry decided to "beautify" our community through the use of some old newspaper boxes.
"The O-N-E was looking for a way to engage with the readers and community,â€ťMabry said. â€śOur newspaper boxes provide the perfect public canvas for local artists to showcase their talents."
Early Friday morning, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Maiden Volunteer Fire Department relieved a call regarding a house fire on Biggerstaff Road in Maiden.
â€śIt looks like the fire started out of the fireplace in the basement,â€ť said Maiden Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief Kenneth Huffman.
The owner of the home, Sid Turbyfill and his brother were inside the house asleep at the time of the time.
â€śI think, as a council, we have done a very good job of working together,â€ť said Kyle Hayman, mayor pro tem for the city of Conover. â€śWe communicate well with one another and even though we all come from a different angle, we're always willing to listen to each otherâ€™s point of view.â€ť
Hayman, along with two other members of Conover City Council, have terms expiring this year.