November 2nd, 2011
Later this month, Shivam Desai will coast 800 feet through downtown Lenoir while lying on his stomach in a wooden and metal car propelled by compressed air in a propane tank.
His physics teacher and his classmates will cheer him through the whole ride.
Desai and his honors physics classmates at Newton-Conover High School comprise one of at least six teams from Catawba County schools that will participate in the first Western North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Race.
"I want to be an engineer," said Desai, a senior. "So I was all game for this."
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield is in trouble â€” again.
Mayfield was arrested on methamphetamine possession charges Tuesday afternoon at his home in Catawba.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies found about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine inside Mayfield's residence at 6397 Hudson Chapel Road around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputies were serving a search warrant for suspected stolen property when they found the drugs in an undisclosed room in Mayfield's home.
Officers also seized a "large amount of stolen goods" from buildings and trailers.
Newton-Conover's volleyball team is bound for the North Carolina 2A State Championship game!
Catawba County residents shared their views with North Carolina's house speaker on Tuesday and school board candidates are sharing their ideas for Newton-Conover City Schools.
Details from these stories and more is available for readers of The Observer News Enterprise's Wednesday print and online editions.
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.
The Newton-Conover volleyball team has the date, time and location penciled in after winning 3-1 Tuesday against twice-beaten North Surry.
â€śIt took everybody on my team to win this game today,â€ť said N-C coach Linda Richards, who advanced to her first state title game at the school. â€śThe bench did a great job. We already had a scouting report, so we knew what their tendencies were.
Falling down 1-0 after a competitive first set, the Lady Red Devils (28-5) rallied to win three straight and the match.
Catawba County-area residents met State House Speaker Thom Tillis on Tuesday with questions and concerns about the state budget adopted this summer.
Multiple residents voiced concerns about large cuts to education that the state approved in June. Cliff Moone, the 10th District Democratic Party chairman, called the cuts â€śreckless and short-sidedâ€ť on Tuesday and referenced the nearly 1,800 teaching and teaching assistant jobs that have been eliminated since June across the state.
Yarn, in its simplest form, is a rudimentary slew of twisted fiber.
Straighten out and sew those fibers together, however, and twine becomes strand. That thread is then stitched, crocheted and bound into a variety of items, including paper, rags, canvas â€” even clothes.
A Conover sewing group has embraced this concept and is taking it to the next level. The group proves that sometimes something as simple as sewn string can mean the world to someone in need.
Mary Louise Bandy Gantt, 93, of Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Gantt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Forrest Carpenter Isenhower, 96, of Newton, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels. The Isenhower family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Voters in the Newton-Conover City Schools district will choose three Board of Education members in this year's election.
Current Chairman Scott Loudermelt and board member Mark Murphy face challenger Jeanne Jarrett in the race for two seats representing Conover. Current board member Jim Stockner faces no opposition for the Newton seat.
Last month, all four board candidates said funding and achievement are the major issues the school system faces heading into the next term.
Heading into the playoffs Wednesday, the Newton-Conover soccer team sees shades of 2007.
The Red Devils (20-2-1), who won the state championship that season, are experiencing a bounce-back 2011 campaign.
After finishing last year with an 8-14-1 record, coach Angelo Palozzi said the players re-dedicated themselves to the game.
â€śOur captains came up to me in the winter last year and wanted to get things going,â€ť Palozzi said. â€śThey got a lot of the kids together, started working, playing a lot and getting in the weight room.â€ť
The following are arrests and incidents reported in Catawba County.
Suspect: Tara Sheree Smith, 36, of 26 26th St. NW in Hickory
Charges: breaking and entering, assault and battery, damage to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.
Suspect: Keith Lee Clontz, 27, of 1546 N.C. 16 South in Newton
Charges: Manufacturing marijuana
Suspect: Tyun Jermaine Tipps, 35, of 4247 Rhoney School Road in Hickory Â
Charges: Possesion with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, maintain place for controlled substance.