October 30th, 2014
Dale Eugene Mackie, 68, of Claremont passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford. The Mackie family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover, N.C.
Elbert Monroe Beasley, Jr. age 69, of Conover passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Beasley family.
About 50,000 thrill-seekers are expected to brave the darkened depths of Carowinds amusement park for Halloween this weekend. Each fall, the park stays open late on weekends throughout October for the Scarowinds Halloween Haunt.
500 monsters work in the various sections of the park to spook guests â and a few are from Newton.
Madison Bumgarner punctuated one of the finest World Series performances in baseball history by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night
Madison Bumgarner is the 2014 World Series MVP.
The 25-year-old left-handed pitcher led the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 series victory against the Kansas City Royals.
Led by Bumgarner's five-inning relief effort, San Francisco defeated Kansas City 3-2 on the road in Game 4 of the World Series.
With the victory, the Hickory native wins his third World Series.
Below is a look at Wednesday's boys soccer playoff scores involving Catawba County teams:
Trinity 3, Bandys 1 (Trojans end season 9-11-1)
Newton-Conover 8, Madison 0 (from Tuesday)
Fred T. Foard 10, Kings Mountain 1 (final/mercy rule)
A.C. Reynolds 5, St. Stephens 1 (Indians end season 10-11)
Hickory 4, Concord 2 (from Tuesday)
Below is a look at Wednesday's final middle school football scores involving teams across Catawba County:
Oct. 28-29 scores
Newton-Conover 40, River Bend 12
(N-CMS clinches conference title)
Mill Creek 12, Maiden 6
Arndt 22, Jacobs Fork 8
Northview 26, Grandview 20
Mary Catherine Rader Sigmon, age 91, of Conover passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Sigmon family.
Ronnie Morris Weatherly, age 71, of Conover passed away Monday, October 27. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Weatherly family.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office, SBI and DEA have been conducting an investigation on Dr. John Woodruff Kessel. The investigation is in reference to fraud elute drug prescriptions.
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.
A tiny, three-pound and nine-ounce gift was delivered earlier than expected on Aug. 17 to Casey and Tyler McKinney, of Conover. Their baby, Koltin, was born premature at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
âEverything went well with the pregnancy and the delivery was fine,â Casey said. âWe didnât have any reason to worry.â
Driving back from Tuesdayâs 2A West Region final in girls volleyball between Bunker Hill and Hendersonville, I reflected on the seasonâs final match and also the Lady Bearsâ remarkable run.
Bunker Hill fell in the contest to the two-time defending state champion Lady Bearcats, 3-0, but the match â and the season for that matter â was much more than the final result.