April 16th, 2012
Early voters may see longer lines at the polls this year because of cuts in state funding, election officials say.
Catawba County voters will be limited to one early voting site in Newton this year, compared to multiple locations in past years.
More than 350 volunteers completed the construction of equipment at the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground in Hickory this past weekend.
For more details on when the playground will open, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Catawba County recorded its fourth rabies case of 2012 last week after two dogs got into a fight with a raccoon that tested positive for the disease.
On Thursday, animal control officers responded to a call that two dogs were observed fighting with the raccoon.
N.C. Highway Patrol officials say a Monday morning I-40 crash served as a reminder that Catawba County drivers should pay close attention when traveling on the interstate.
One lane of I-40 traffic was blocked for about a half hour early Monday after two vehicles collided near exit 130 in Conover.
Monday, April 16
St. Stephens softball at Bandys
St. Stephens, Foard, N-C track at CW Porter Relays (Hibriten), 4 p.m.
NWC golf at Brushy Mountain (Alexander Central)
CVAC golf at Glen Oaks (Maiden)
St. Stephens soccer at Kings Mountain
Newton-Conover soccer vs. Lincoln Charter
Maiden tennis vs. HIghland Tech
St. Stephens at Foard tennis
First baseman Harold Riggins drove in three RBIs on a 4-for-5 day to lift the visiting Asheville Tourists to a 9-6 win, taking two-of-three games against the Hickory Crawdads.
Rougned Odor led Hickory offensively, going 2-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs â€” two of which came on a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Newton-Conover High School will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in its media center to gather input on the qualities the community would like to see the school's next football coach possess.
The school encourages those who can't attend the meeting to send their input to new school athletic director and assistant principal Billy Leeson at email@example.com.
One of the countyâ€™s most prestigious sports coaches will take his place Saturday as a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame (NCHSAA).
Asheville pounded out 11 hits and capitalized off of four Hickory errors on defense to pick up the 9-4 victory over the Crawdads on Friday at L.P. Frans Stadium.
MIAMI, Fla. â€” LeBron James had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 105-82 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Heat completed a three-game season-series sweep of Charlotte. Miami led by 22 after three quarters and rested James, who also had five assists, the entire final period.