August 29th, 2014
A western Lincoln County woman who was last seen on May 26, 2014 remains missing after three months.
Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, was last seen getting into a black four door sedan with a white female driver at a friendâ€™s home on Eaker Road and driving away. No one has seen her since.
Makenzie Patton, a first-grade student at North Newton Elementary School, listens anxiously to classmate Cooper Murray as he tells her a joke during lunch on Thursday. Newton-Conover schools are wrapping up their first week back to class after summer vacation.
Inside the Exhibit Hall, at the Hickory American Legion Fair, is a colorful military display. Two walls are covered with many faces. Numerous photos, either in color or black and white, look back at you. Some are smiling, while others don a more serious expression.
The alleged murderer of Newton counselor Maggie Daniels might face the death penalty if found guilty.
Daniels body was found in her residence at Windsor Apartments on June 28. Sharman Odom was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 18 and faces first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping charges.
BUIES CREEK â€”Â Matt Johnson and the Charlotte 49ers football team kicked off their second-ever campaign with a 33-9 victory on the road Thursday night against Campbell.
Johnson completed 14-of-30 passes for 189 yards in the contest for the Niners (1-0).
Below is a look at Thursday's junior varsity football scores involving Catawba County teams:
JV football scores
Bandys 32, Fred T. Foard 0
Maiden 26, West Iredell 14
Newton-Conover 28, Lexington 16
St. Stephens 42, Bunker Hill 32
Below is a look at Thursday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bunker Hill 3, Lincolnton 0
Maiden 3, Bandys 0
Newton-Conover 3, West Caldwell 0
Draughn 5, Newton-Conover 4
Bunker Hill 3, Hibriten 3
Hickory 4, Forestview 3
Lala Lee Weathers Hedgepath Young, age 97, of Newton passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Young family.
Betty Ann Philyaw 75 of Maiden died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Work on the Catawba County Justice and Public Safety Center project is progressing and may be more obvious to those passing by or visiting the campus as construction of a new parking deck has begun.
After a long summer away from campus, Lenoir-Rhyne University students returned to bring the Hickory campus back to life.
Standing tall in the heart of LRâ€™s campus is a structure new to this yearâ€™s students â€” Grace Chapel.
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.