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January 16th, 2015

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's prep scoreboard

January 16, 2015

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

Boys basketball
Fred T. Foard 59, South Caldwell 37
Freedom 61, St. Stephens 57
Lincolnton 72, Maiden 69
Newton-Conover 76, Bandys 31
West Caldwell 73, Bunker Hill 45

Girls basketball
Bandys 71, Newton-Conover 43
Bunker Hill 48, West Caldwell 35
Freedom 75, St. Stephens 32

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Diet Tips & Tricks for a Healthy New Year

January 16, 2015

The most common New Year Resolution is to lose weight and get fit. Fitness and nutrition expert John Basedow offers his best diet tips and tricks, including 'smart shopping,' controlling portion size, selecting natural foods, home cooking and packing 'take home plates' when eating out, so you to make this year your best ever.

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015

Philip Collins, age 60, of Hickory passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary in Newton.

Maiden native pens book to promote healthy lifestyle

January 16, 2015

After years of dealing with chronic illness all affected by diet and exercise, Maiden native Rodney Robbins decided to write a book about it.
"The Bite Me Diet - Kill your cravings, eat real food and enjoy the hell out of life," is a guide on how to lose weight by just eating healthy – not by cutting out carbohydrates, protein and all types of fats.

Girl Scout Cookies have arrived

January 16, 2015

Bullard, age seven of Newton, and Aby Rosario, age seven of Newton, load the back of an SUV with boxes of cookies as the Newton Girl Scout Daisy troop 02407 get ready for the cookie season.

Cookie booths will be set up around the county through March 1. For more information visit

High school students to use 10-point scale

January 16, 2015

The North Carolina State Board of Education has made the decision to transition all N.C. high school students from the 7-point grading scale to the 10-point grading scale, making the cutoff for a grade ‘A’ 90 points instead of 93.

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.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 Oscar Nominations Announced

January 16, 2015

Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards on February 22 and the list of who will be nominated for an Oscar has been announced. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead the nominations list with nine each. Meryl Streep nabbed her 19th nomination, and Bradley Cooper earned his third consecutive acting nod.

January 14th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Wednesday's sports scores

January 14, 2015

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

Girls basketball
Hickory 69, Fred T. Foard 5

Boys basketball
Hickory 62, Fred T. Foard 53

Fred T. Foard 81, Hickory 0

Men's college basketball
CVCC 78, Guilford Tech 62

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015

Virginia H. Ham, 85, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Conover Nursing & Rehab. The Ham family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover, NC

Joyce Ann Whitener Carpenter, age 78, of Charlotte passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Carpenter family.

Pep for your step

January 14, 2015

Jered Sturgill and Melvin Whistlehunt had a dream that day by day they are making into a reality. Their dream started this past summer as they were sitting around talking at a family barbeque.

To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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