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February 11th, 2015

CCS Releases Holistic Grades Report

February 11, 2015

Catawba County Schools (CCS) has issued Holistic School Performance Grades for each of its 27 eligible schools.

Catawba woman arrested for embezzlement

February 11, 2015

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.

Newton's gone to the Birds

February 11, 2015

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.

February 10th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's sports scores

February 11, 2015

Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:

Girls basketball
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

Boys basketball
East Lincoln 87, Maiden 52
Fred T. Foard 77, South Caldwell 40

Tigers take down 3A dual state title

February 10, 2015

Fred T. Foard wrestler Brycen Walker leaps into the arms of head coach Mike Carey in celebration of his 4-2 overtime win against Morehead’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.

Fire destroys East Lincoln business

February 10, 2015

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.

Look Up: A reflection on Dean Smith’s passing

February 10, 2015

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 – that is until I looked up.

The sky had no clouds in sight on the early February morning – it was a perfect Carolina blue.

February 9th

Colorful newspaper boxes to hit the streets

February 9, 2015

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,”Mabry said. “Our newspaper boxes provide the perfect public canvas for local artists to showcase their talents."

Fire damages Maiden home

February 9, 2015

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.

“It looks like the fire started out of the fireplace in the basement,” 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.

Incumbents announce intent for Conover Council

February 9, 2015

“I think, as a council, we have done a very good job of working together,” said Kyle Hayman, mayor pro tem for the city of Conover. “We communicate well with one another and even though we all come from a different angle, we're always willing to listen to each other’s point of view.”

Hayman, along with two other members of Conover City Council, have terms expiring this year.

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