July 12th, 2012
The world's window on Conover City Council has gone dark.
After "experimenting" with live and archived video feeds of Conover City Council meetings, the city's leaders have pulled the plug on Internet cameras shedding light on the city's monthly business.
A new North Carolina law helps protect property owners from thieves trying to turn stolen scrap metal into profit.
Beginning Oct. 1, the "Metal Theft Protection Act of 2012" sets new requirements for scrap metal dealers, including:
• Scrap metal dealers must pay by check if the scrap metal purchase exceeds $100.
Newton will spend about $56,000 to repair and repave about 1,600 linear feet of a city street — but the city won't be paying for property acquisition along the sides of the existing road.
Before they head off to play college football at Carson-Newman, Jake Walker and Jervasse Moss have unfinished business on the prep football field.
The Newton-Conover duo play in this Wednesday's East-West All-Star Game at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.
Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger has set the timetable to hire a new boys basketball coach.
He said he hopes that task will be accomplished by as early as next week.
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.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Bobcats have announced they've rescinded their qualifying offer to point guard D.J. Augustin.
That means Augustin, Charlotte's starting point guard last year when not injured, immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Back for a 33rd consecutive season, the Catawba County Hornets semi-pro football team kicks off its season on Saturday.
The Hornets, who finished 8-9 overall and 6-5 in the Central Carolinas Football League in 2011, face the Winston-Salem Red Wolves at Westside/Jaycee Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
With one swing of the bat late in Wednesday's game, Hickory Post 48's season and opportunity to make it back to the Area IV championship series ended.
Gaston's Justin Williams doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the 11-10 walkoff victory over Hickory Post 48.
Gary Dean Brannon, 63, of Maiden, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Sherrills Ford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peter’s Church Road, Conover, NC 28613.
Four months after Newton hiring someone to lead the planning department, the city is without a planning director.