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April 25th, 2012

Gingrich close to concession as Conover visit nears

April 25, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich all but conceded Wednesday that his White House campaign is over — one day before he visits Conover.

Gingrich,— who is scheduled to speak at the Sidewalk Cafe in Conover at 8 a.m. Thursday — said he expects Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee. He called on the party to unite behind the former Massachusetts governor.

Vehicle crashes into Conover restaurant

April 25, 2012

A vehicle rammed into The Untouchables restaurant on 10th Street NW in Conover on Wednesday morning.

The restaurant's owner, Scott Gilleland, told The O-N-E his restaurant has extensive damage but plans to remain open for business.

The O-N-E will share more details as they are available. For complete coverage, pick up the Thursday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise.

April 24th

Red Devils finish in top 3 of CVAC championships

April 24, 2012

East Burke’s girls and Draughn’s boys track teams were crowned CVAC champions at Bunker Hill on Tuesday, but Newton-Conover had a lot to be proud of.

The Red Devils who were fifth (girls) and eighth (boys) a year ago at the same meet, finished inside the top-three spots on both sides.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday scores, soccer bracket

April 24, 2012

The Maiden baseball team picked up a 4-2 road victory in CVAC play Tuesday against East Burke.

Jake Aaron, Dillon Foster and Daniel Williams each drove in an RBI for the Blue Devils, while Dustin Hipps scored a pair of runs.

Aaron Rudisill was the winning pitching for Maiden, while Hipps pitched up the save.

Hickory 6, St. Stephens 0

'Hoppers combine to no-hit Crawdads, win 6-0

April 24, 2012

The Greensboro Grasshoppers combined to throw a no-hitter, shutting out Hickory in the first of a seven-game homestand for the Crawdads.

Greensboro starter Jose Fernandez and relievers Gregory Nappo and Kevin Cravey combined to strike out 11 Hickory batters, allow three walks, no hits and no runs in the impressive pitching performance.

County rallies against underage drinking

April 24, 2012

One of the nation’s prominent activists against underage drinking is urging law enforcement to take an “aggressive stance” on the issue.

Ron Bogle, a former local attorney and state judge, said he admits he’s got a bad attitude about alcohol. However, he said his real pet peeve is underage drinking.

Update: Power restored in Newton

April 24, 2012

Residents and businesses in Newton experienced power outages for the second straight day - but on Tuesday, problems didn't last long.

The city's customer service department began receiving complaints about a disruption in power service along
17th, 18th and 19th streets about 3:50 p.m.

City officials initially believed the power outage was linked to wind.

Obama talks student loans in N.C. visit

April 24, 2012

President Barack Obama told thousands of students at the University of North Carolina on Tuesday that he wants Congress to keep the costs of a college education in check, reaching out to young people in a state expected to figure heavily in his re-election bid.

$35K in copper stolen in Conover

April 24, 2012

Police are investigating a large-scale copper theft at an abandoned manufacturing building in Conover.

Police say thieves stole more than $35,000 in copper cable from an empty building at 405 Wortha Herman Road SW in Conover within the past two weeks.

The building once housed a pillow manufacturer, but has been unoccupied for quite some time, said Conover Police Sgt. J.S. Barkley.

Gingrich to speak in Conover

April 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduled to visit Conover on Thursday.

Gingrich's campaign website reports he will speak at a Catawba County Republican Party breakfast from 8-9 a.m. at Sidewalk Cafe on Conover Boulevard.

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