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May 22nd, 2014

Jimmie Johnson wins pole for 55th Coca-Cola 600

May 23, 2014

Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the 55th Annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, as the six-time Sprint Cup Series champion seeks his first victory of the 2014 season.

Johnson turned a lap of 27.705 (194.911 mph), which was 0.049 better than Brad Keselowski.

The pole for Johnson is his fourth at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 26 races and first since 2009.

Golden Girls

May 22, 2014

Four local girls brought home gold medals in the 2013-14 Girl Scout troop year.

Two convicted in Baker’s Dozen case

May 22, 2014

District Attorney James C. Gaither, Jr announces the convictions of Mark Allan Biddix, 42, of Hickory, NC, and Thaddeus Lane Parker, 42, of Connelly Springs, NC in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week.

Making a splash in the park

May 22, 2014

The Shuford YMCA in Conover held a ribbon cutting for its new splash pad on Wednesday. The $610,000 project also included renovations to the gym and locker rooms, a new steam room, pool pumps and wellness center renovations.

To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Newton City Council approves new logo

May 22, 2014

The city of Newton is now one step closer to having a new logo.

The city council approved in Tuesday’s meeting to adopt a new theme and font for a new logo. In a 3-3 vote, Mayor Anne Stedman voted in favor and the council chose a new theme and font but not a tagline as they decided to table the discussion for a later meeting.

Thurday, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

Robert “Bob” Walter Ramsey III, born October 25, 1946, in Asheville, went to his eternal home on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Trinity Village in Hickory. The Ramsey family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.

May 21st

PREP PLAYOFFS: Wednesday's third-round scores

May 21, 2014

Below is a look at Wednesday's third-round playoff scores involving Catawba County teams:

Girls soccer
Newton-Conover 1, Polk County 0
Marvin Ridge 4, Hickory 0 (Lady Red Tornadoes end season 18-4-1)
Weddington 10, Fred T. Foard 1 (from Tuesday - Lady Tigers end season 11-14)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014

Samuel Harloe Baucom, age 64, of Vale passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Ann Bolick Teague 60 of Hickory died Sunday, May 18, 2014. The family will receive friends following the service and at other times at the home of Ann and Richard Teague.

Burt’s Law

May 21, 2014

A local mother wipes tears from her eyes as she stands at the podium at the Conover City Council meeting on May 5, reading a biblical scripture from Romans that hits close to home.

Sex Offender Convicted

May 21, 2014

District Attorney James C. Gaither, Jr announces the conviction of Nicky Lee Anderson, 42, of Catawba, NC, for (F) Rape of a Child (2 counts), (F) First Degree Sex Offense with a Child (2 counts) and (F) Indecent Liberties with a Child (2 counts) today in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.

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