January 27th, 2015
Cora Cowles Gaither Shook, age 24 of Newton, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC is honored to serve the Gaither family.
Eunice Estelle Arndt Bumgarner, loving mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, passed away at Trinity Village Saturday, January 24, 2015.
The Board of the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County has announced the hiring of Nancy Hughes as the agency's new executive director.
The public is invited to meet the new director at a reception to be held at 3-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the CAPC, located at 1007 First Ave. South, Conover.
A troop of students from Startown Elementary, donning their bright, Tiger-orange gear, strolled into Abernethy Laurels on Friday morning for their first performance of the school year.
The students, members of the Startown P.E. Club, brought with them jump ropes of all sizes, pogo sticks and even unicycles.
A 50-year staple in the Claremont community stands charred after a weekend fire.
Around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, officials responded to Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply to find the building ablaze.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Hickory Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday night to hire Allen Robinson Wittenberg as the head football coach at Hickory High School.
Wittenberg, 41, a native of Hickory and a graduate of Hickory High, will start his new role at HHS before the end of February 2015.
Taking over the Catawba Valley Community College womenâ€™s basketball program from retiring head coach Tommy Edwards in 2013, Tisha England had some big shoes to fill.
Now, the Newton-Conover High alumni has the Lady Red Hawks soaring high on the court and hopes to take them to new heights before seasonâ€™s end.
Knowing it would be the final game for teammate Josh Ramseur, Alex Johnson put in the extra work in practice this week in preparation for West Caldwell.
Johnsonâ€™s work ethic showed on Friday, and the junior scored 26 points in a 85-77 victory for Newton-Conover against the Warriors at Lemon Gym.
Below is a look at Friday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams:
Bandys 67, East Lincoln 46
Bunker Hill 51, Maiden 44
Freedom 73, Fred T. Foard 14
Newton-Conover 63, West Caldwell 42
Bunker Hill 65, Maiden 47
East Lincoln 77, Bandys 39
Fred T. Foard 64, Freedom 47
Newton-Conover 85, West Caldwell 77
Dr. George Place II, 40, has been named Catawba County's new Cooperative Extension Director.
Place is originally from Kansas City, Mo., where he studied at the University of Missouri at Kansas City towards his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Plant Biological Studies and a Chemistry minor. Place then completed his studies and earned his degree from the University of New Mexico.
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