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April 15th, 2015

Annual clean-up events in Newton and Conover

April 15, 2015

In 2013, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) spent more than $16 million to remove approximately seven million pounds of roadside litter.

The estimated cost of litter pickup is 30 cents per piece of litter.
One mile of highway contains approximately 16,000 pieces of litter.

Claremont man faces meth charges

April 15, 2015

Nathaniel Mica Falls, 40, of Claremont, was arrested by Claremont Police Department on Tuesday.

To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Tractor-trailer accident halts traffic on Highway 16

April 15, 2015

Traffic was blocked along Highway 16 after a tractor trailer ran off the roadway Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 4 p.m., a tractor trailer that appeared to be turning onto Highway 16 an d heading north ran off the roadway and down an embankment. No one was injured in the accident.

April 14th

5 names in 2015 Catawba County Sports HOF class

April 14, 2015

The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame will add five members on May 11 to its list of 61 names already enshrined.

The Hall of Fame’s 2015 class was announced on Tuesday at the Highland Recreation Center, and it features a longtime head coach, two former prep standouts, a journeyman race car driver and a bass fisherman.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's sports scoreboard

April 14, 2015

Below are a list of Tuesday's prep sports schedule changes due to inclement weather in the area:

Baseball
Newton-Conover 9, Maiden 3
Watauga at Fred T. Foard, no report
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill, ppd. to Wednesday
Hibriten at St. Stephens, ppd. to Wednesday
Bandys at West Caldwell, ppd. to Wednesday

Softball
Fred T. Foard 16, Watauga 0

PREP SPORTS: Tuesday's game postponements

April 14, 2015

Below are a list of Tuesday's prep sports schedule changes due to inclement weather in the area:

Baseball
Hibriten at St. Stephens, ppd. to Wednesday
Newton-Conover at Maiden, moved to 4:30 p.m. (JV after)
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill, moved to 6 p.m. (JV cancelled)
Bandys at West Caldwell, ppd. to Wednesday
Watauga at Fred T. Foard, still on

Softball

Painting Pete

April 14, 2015

First-grade students at Shuford Elementary School in Conover returned from a week-long spring break to an art class where they painted pictures of the groovy blue feline, Pete the Cat.

Teen indicted for possession of a weapon of mass destruction

April 14, 2015

Catawba County Sheriff’s deputies were searching the home of 16-year-old Jordan Luke Harwood on Providence Mill Road in Maiden for suspected stolen property on October 24, 2014.

During the search, they spotted an illegal weapon, according to Sheriff Coy Reid.

April 13th

Strunk joins NCHSAA Hall on Saturday

April 13, 2015

A Newton native and former Observer News Enterprise employee takes his place among the state's best on Saturday.

Rick Strunk is one of eight members of this year's North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame class, which will be officially inducted at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Friday Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

R U OK Program saving lives in Maiden

April 13, 2015

When Evelyn Lowman, 87, didn’t answer her daily “R U OK” phone call from the Maiden Police Department on March 26, Lt. Donna Hartman began to worry.

“I went out to check on her and couldn’t get her to the door,” Hartman said. “That’s always a little bit scary.”

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