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January 9th, 2015

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.”

Don’t let furry friends freeze in frigid temps

January 9, 2015

The average core temperature of cats and dogs is between 100 and 100.5 degrees fahrenheit.

Severe hypothermia in pets occurs when their core temperature reaches 82 degrees or below.

At outside temperatures of 20 degrees or below, hypothermia can set in after as few as 30 minutes.

January 8th

Pait exits CVCC baseball program; Rozzelle promoted

January 8, 2015

In an emotional meeting with his team on Thrusday, Catawba Valley Community College men’s baseball coach Frank Pait announced that he has stepped down and will assume a new role as a counselor at Hickory High School. 

Assistant baseball coach Paul Rozzelle has been named interim head coach of the Red Hawks for the spring 2014 season. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 8, 2015

Joyce Killian Hudson, 72, of Maiden passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice of Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hudson Family.

Ernest Walter Harvell, Jr., 77, of Newton passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Carolina Continued Care of Kings Mountain. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Harvell Family.

Wreck halts traffic

January 8, 2015

Jose Gonzalez, 43, was traveling northbound on Northwest Boulevard in Newton on Tuesday in the outside lane when he attempted to make a left turn into the Bi-Lo shopping center, according to Newton Police. Gonzalez, driving a 1989 Dodge van, did not see Shana Collins, 24, driving a 2003 Saturn in the lane beside him to the left.

Demolition underway at former Newton mill

January 8, 2015

The brick building along North Main Ave. that once housed part of the Carolina Mills Textile Manufacturer has recently seen some alterations.

The building is undergoing some demolition – reducing the two-story mill from approximately 80,000 square feet down to 10,000 square feet.

Walking from the wreckage

January 8, 2015

Cody Good, 17, ran outside when he saw a single-engine plane crash across from his home in Long View on Tuesday. His instincts told him that there were people inside who needed help, so he didn't hesitate to jump into the wreckage.

"I just knew they needed help," Good said. "They were all bloody and it looked bad."

January 7th

Paying his dues, Tigers' Jarrett becomes mat leader

January 7, 2015

From middle school reserve to high school starter, Fred T. Foard senior wrestler Spencer Jarrett has proven that perseverance pays off.

One of four captains for the Tigers, Jarrett is thriving for the Foard wrestling program despite some struggles earlier in his career.

Jarrett started wrestling in eighth grade at Jacobs Fork Middle School.

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