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December 4th

Santa’s Forest

December 4, 2014

John Herter and his daughter have a family tradition each Christmas season. They go out into their field of tall, green Leyland cypress trees and cut down a fresh tree to decorate in their home — sometimes even two.

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.

December 3rd

BREAKING: Foard vacates two boys basketball wins

December 4, 2014

Fred T. Foard has vacated two boys basketball victories this season due to the use of an ineligible player.

Tigers Athletic Director Tom Harper confirmed the decision regarding the forfeits — a 60-32 road win Nov. 18 against West Lincoln and a 74-30 home win Nov. 21 against Bandys — on Wednesday.

The two vacated wins change Foard's boys basketball record this season from 5-0 to 3-2.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Wednesday's sports scores

December 3, 2014

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

Girls basketball
Bandys 63, St. Stephens 30

Boys basketball
St. Stephens 67, Bandys 47

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014

Private First Class Ivan James Rowe, age 21, of Hickory, NC, passed away November 27, 2014 in Illesheim, Germany. Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory is honored to be serving the Rowe family.

Rev. Pat Caswell Cloninger, age 85 of Newton, passed away November 30, 2014 at Lincolnton Rehab Center. A private burial will be held for the family at a later date.

Fighting fire with iPads

December 3, 2014

If you hear the wail of a fire engine and see one of Newton’s bravest tapping at the screen of an iPad inside, take comfort in knowing the firefighter is using the tablet to gather valuable information to better respond to the call. Thanks in part to a grant from FM Global, the Newton Fire Department’s vehicles all will soon be equipped with an Apple iPad loaded with lifesaving technology

Christmas in the Park

December 3, 2014

Conover just became a little brighter for the season after the city’s Christmas in the Park event on Tuesday evening. Event-goers were treated to hot chocolate, Christmas carols, hayrides, a visit from Santa Claus and the official ‘turning on the lights’ for the community Christmas tree.

Conover next for body camera trend

December 3, 2014

Conover Police Department will soon be adding another level of transparency to their department by investing in the use of body-worn video cameras.

“This has a lot of pluses for us,” said Chief Steve Brewer. “We can use to them to video evidence at crime scenes and it’s a way we can make ourselves more transparent to the public.”

December 2nd

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's sports scores

December 2, 2014

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

Girls basketball
Bunker Hill 44, Fred T. Foard 26
St. Stephens 62, Newton-Conover 55 (OT)

Boys basketball
Fred T. Foard 47, Bunker Hill 40
Newton-Conover 66, St. Stephens 58

Fred T. Foard 62, North Gaston 10
Fred T. Foard 76, Kings Mountain 0

Thanksgiving Day Football

December 2, 2014

Detroit (8-4) 34 vs
Chicago (5-7) 17

Tigers take down their first '14-15 tournament

December 2, 2014

The Fred T. Foard wrestling team earned its first tournament victory this past weekend, capturing the championship at the Enka Air Force Jet tournament.

Of the Tigers’ 14 wrestlers, 13 of them placed in the top three in their respective weight class, including four champions.

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