November 15th, 2011
Local elected officials are making decisions about the communities you call home.
Leaders of Newton-Conover City Schools plan to use instructional days for teacher development next year. When the systemâ€™s school board met Monday night, it also learned more about school improvement plants at Newton-Conover High and Newton-Conover Health Science High schools.
More details are in The Observer News Enterpriseâ€™s Tuesday online edition, www.observernewsonline.com
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met Monday night in Newton. Following is a short report on the board's actions.
For more â€” and for comprehensive coverage of news throughout Catawba County â€” pick up print copies of The Observer News Enterprise during the week.
*The board approved a request for the state to allow the Newton-Conover district to use three of next year's extra five instructional days for teacher development and two of the days for student instruction.
After Newton approved new rules for sidewalk signs downtown last month, area businesses and civic clubs hope city leaders will loosen restrictions on temporary signs announcing fund-raisers, grand-openings or other special sales.
Relaxing city policy on short-term, promotional signs isn't coming easy, however.
Teamwork may pay off big for two area groups.
Blackburn Elementary School and The Newton Depot Authority partnered in the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest, a competition for project grant funding that is solely determined by public votes.
Though competing in separate categories, both groups seek funding for projects they say will enhance their organizations and the community.
Both currently rank just outside the winning parameters on a list of nationwide organizations that will receive funding at the end of the year.
Police are investigating a case of a dead body that was discovered in Maiden on Sunday morning.
Catawba County authorities are awaiting a toxicology report for the body of Joe Paul Brown II, who was found dead on the 2300 block of Withers Road in Maiden.
Authorities responded to a call referencing a dead body on Sunday, and Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brown, who lived in the area, did not have any visible trauma to his body, said Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
A fire destroyed a residential garage near Lookout Shoals Lake on Sunday.
It took six fire departments to put out the blaze at 4290 Stewart Road in Claremont that eventually destroyed the storage garage.
The garage was located behind the residence, and fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
The garage contained trucks, tractors and various equipment that was also damaged in the fire, said Shannon Eckard, a rescue responder with Oxford (Catfish) Fire and Rescue.
Carrie M. Sigmon, 94, of Newton, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Sigmon family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Katherine Alice White, 40, of Newton, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The White family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover.
Hickory’s Jon Reep returned to the Unifour last weekend to perform before a sellout crowd at the J.E. Broyhill Center. The 2007 Last Comic Standing took time to check in with Outlook readers
The Carolina Panthers of 2011 looked like the Panthers that struggled a year ago on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Three points of offense are all the Panthers could muster against a tough and physical Titans defense. Tennessee also made Carolina pay on a few big plays early, allowing them to get ahead and dominate in a 30-3 victory in Charlotte.
"I didn't see a very good football game, truthfully, in every facet of the game" said Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Many Panthers were frustrated with the end result.
BOONE â€” Drew Stewart kicked a school-record six field goals and AppalachianÂ State routed Western Carolina 46-14 on Saturday.
Stewart scored the Mountaineers' (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference) first 12 points on field goals of 44, 32, 29 and 21 yards. Stewart added field goals of 27 and 24 yards to break Jay Milson's record of four set against Furman in 1991.