January 9th, 2015
Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month.
James Michael Seagle 57 of Lincolnton passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice. The Seagle family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111
William â€śBillâ€ť Patrick Allen 59 of Newton passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Allen family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111
City of Newton Code Enforcement Officer Jon Raines took the law enforcement oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 6.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Derrick Allen Black, 27, of Catawba County, pleaded guilty to child sex crimes in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Mr. Black pleaded guilty as charged to statutory rape of a child and a statutory sex offense (B1 felonies) in reference to offenses that occurred on April 4, 2013.
Emma Winters, 10, used her Ipad to look up Thursdayâ€™s weather in different cities around the world. The coldest temperature she looked up was in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the high was -10 degrees.
â€śI like the cold weather here,â€ť Winters said. â€śBut I wouldnâ€™t want to be in that extreme temperature up there.â€ť
The average core temperature of cats and dogs is between 100 and 100.5 degrees fahrenheit.
Severe hypothermia in pets occurs when their core temperature reaches 82 degrees or below.
At outside temperatures of 20 degrees or below, hypothermia can set in after as few as 30 minutes.
In an emotional meeting with his team on Thrusday, Catawba Valley Community College menâ€™s baseball coach Frank Pait announced that he has stepped down and will assume a new role as a counselor at Hickory High School.Â
Assistant baseball coach Paul Rozzelle has been named interim head coach of the Red Hawks for the spring 2014 season.Â
Joyce Killian Hudson, 72, of Maiden passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice of Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hudson Family.
Ernest Walter Harvell, Jr., 77, of Newton passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Carolina Continued Care of Kings Mountain. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Harvell Family.
Jose Gonzalez, 43, was traveling northbound on Northwest Boulevard in Newton on Tuesday in the outside lane when he attempted to make a left turn into the Bi-Lo shopping center, according to Newton Police. Gonzalez, driving a 1989 Dodge van, did not see Shana Collins, 24, driving a 2003 Saturn in the lane beside him to the left.
The brick building along North Main Ave. that once housed part of the Carolina Mills Textile Manufacturer has recently seen some alterations.
The building is undergoing some demolition â€“ reducing the two-story mill from approximately 80,000 square feet down to 10,000 square feet.