July 7th, 2014
The Stars and Stripes of the American Flag wave to citizens of Newton from above the O-N-E office as we celebrate Independence Day.
Hickory Post 48 is in the second round of the Area IV playoffs.
Post 48 defeated Alexander County, 7-5, on Friday at Henkel-Alley Field to advance with a 3-1 series victory.
Deadlocked 5-5 in the eighth inning, Hickory broke its tie with back-to-back RBI hits from Ky'rawn Whitfield and Austin LaPierre â€” two of 15 base knocks for the squad in the contest.
Aaron Rudisll tossed a complete game six-hitter, helping Hickory Post 48 take a 2-1 series lead against Alexander County Post 170 with a 6-1 victory on Thursday in Taylorsville.
The pitching performance comes just two days after Rudisill suffered a hip injury while being hit during an at bat.
Cameron Chapman and Jordan Eckard led Post 48 offensively in the victory.
Margaret â€śMaggieâ€ť Elizabeth Daniels, age 31, passed away June 28th, 2014. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory is handling local arrangements for the Daniels family.
Chia Yer Lee, 67 of Conover died June 19th, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Burial will follow on Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory.
Hickory Post 48â€™s Jordan Eckard celebrates with teammate Cameron Chapman after scoring in Wednesdayâ€™s Area IV playoff game against Alexander County. Hickory won, 10-7, to tie the series, 1-1.
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.
"I remember it was a heavy, intense, unrelenting rain," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark about the July 2013 floods in Catawba County. "We had a swift water rescue here in Newton after a gentlemen was washed off a bridge. He was rescued, but it was very terrifying for him.
The Area IV playoff series between Hickory Post 48 and Alexander County Post 170 is tied.
Post 48 scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth and held off a furious rally by Post 170 to win 10-7 on Wednesday night at Henkel-Alley Field.
Mr. David Ray Armstrong, age 66, of 150A Neel Road in Salisbury, died on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Armstrong family.
Deborah Louise Oâ€™Brien Klinesmith, age 61, of Vale passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at her residence. Private services will be held at a later date.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5305 of Newton has received a high honor â€” the All-State Team Award. The award is given in recognition of their hard work within the community.
"The District is made up of eight hard working posts that help out veterans, community, active duty members and their families," said Larry Teague, senior vice of District 14.
Summer is here and it is time for the Fourth of July holiday. For many people, this holiday means food, fun, and fireworks. Yes, fireworks can be fun; but they also can be very dangerous. To keep this holiday from turning into a tragedy, the Hickory Fire Department offers these safety precautions.