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January 12th, 2015

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January 12, 2015

John Albert Phares, 79 of Hickory died Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Phares family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton-#828-464-1555.

Sex Crime Conviction

January 12, 2015

Edmundo Bello-Gomez, 50, of Conover, N.C., pleaded guilty as charged to three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of attempted first-degree rape in Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The offenses involved a 10-year-old female child and occurred between April 2009 and May 2010. There was no plea bargain.

Local furniture company to host job fair, hire 75

January 12, 2015

The furniture industry is no stranger to western North Carolina.
“It’s always good to see the furniture industry grow,” said Mike Webb, Human Resource Manager of Century Furniture in Long View.

Abernethy cleared of charges

January 12, 2015

In March of 2014, Newton Councilman Robert Abernethy, Jr. was arrested and charged with resisting a public officer, failure to obey a traffic officer and reckless driving by Greensboro Police.

On his way home from a basketball game, Abernethy said he attempted to continue straight down a road where an unidentified person was directing traffic to turn left.

January 9th

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's prep scoreboard

January 9, 2015

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

Girls basketball
Bandys 63, West Lincoln
Hickory 72, St. Stephens 22
Maiden 57, East Lincoln 44
Patton 60, Fred T. Foard 41
Newton-Conover 44, Bunker Hill 43

Boys basketball
East Lincoln 77, Maiden 37
Fred T. Foard 75, Patton 56
Hickory 57, St. Stephens 55

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 9, 2015

Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month.

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015

James Michael Seagle 57 of Lincolnton passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice. The Seagle family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111

William “Bill” Patrick Allen 59 of Newton passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Allen family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111

Newton officer gains certification

January 9, 2015

City of Newton Code Enforcement Officer Jon Raines took the law enforcement oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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.

Catawba County man pleads guilty to child sex crimes

January 9, 2015

Derrick Allen Black, 27, of Catawba County, pleaded guilty to child sex crimes in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Mr. Black pleaded guilty as charged to statutory rape of a child and a statutory sex offense (B1 felonies) in reference to offenses that occurred on April 4, 2013.

Students learn weather

January 9, 2015

Emma Winters, 10, used her Ipad to look up Thursday’s weather in different cities around the world. The coldest temperature she looked up was in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the high was -10 degrees.

“I like the cold weather here,” Winters said. “But I wouldn’t want to be in that extreme temperature up there.”

For the seventh time in the past eight years, the Newton-Conover wrestling team won a conference...
Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams: Girls basketball...
A pair of athletic events in Catawba County have been postponed Tuesday. The Fred T. Foard at...


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