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Longtime CVCC professor climbs mountains, authors books

January 28, 2015

Peering over the edge of Table Rock Mountain, hikers can see straight down the 400-foot drop with no fence protecting them from the edge. For mountain-lover Dr. Charles Dickson, 78, the experience was exhilarating and one he’ll never forget.

Green Room named top Community Theatre

January 28, 2015

The Green Room Community Theatre is receiving more than just rounds of applause for their work as they were named the Community Theatre of the Year by the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC).

Newton to focus on downtown development

January 28, 2015

61 communities in N.C. are dedicated as Main Street Communities by the N.C. Department of Commerce. To be designated, communities must have a population under 50,000 and commit to hiring a full-time downtown manager and fund and operate the Main Street Program. Newton was named a Main Street Community in 1990.

It’s official: Newton has Walmart on the map

January 28, 2015

“It is a Walmart Neighborhood Market,” Newton Assistant Planning Director Alex Fulbright said during Tuesday’s planning commission meeting.

CAPC names new director

January 27, 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.

Startown P.E. Club

January 27, 2015

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.

Blaze burns Claremont business

January 27, 2015

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.

Catawba County welcomes new Cooperative Extension

January 23, 2015

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.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

January 23, 2015

The latest 'Bad Lip Readings' video skewers many of the NFL's biggest stars with some unforgettable lines.

Pick up your FREE copy of the 2015 Catawba County Fact Book

January 23, 2015

Whether you are a life-long resident of Catawba County or someone who is new to the area, it is almost a guaranteed you will at some point need access to pertinent information and phone numbers for the county.
The Observer News Enterprise’s 2015 Fact Book is your one-stop shop for all the information which is germane to your journey through Catawba County.

In My Father’s House to host prayer walk

January 23, 2015

The city of Newton will join together on January 31 at 6 p.m. for a Prayer Walk held by In My Father’s House Community Support Services Network Inc.

Ivey Robinson, the Chief of Executive Officers for In My Father’s House, is excited about people in this city coming together for fellowship and prayer.

“We’ll gather and walk around the square,” Robinson said.

Local business hopes to stay in Newton

January 23, 2015

Shirley Kam and her family have owned China Express since it opened its doors in Newton in 1988. The restaurant, specializing in chinese and hibachi-style foods, is located on Northwest Boulevard, adjacent to the former Harris Teeter building.

Awarded for 44

January 22, 2015

I've tried to live a decent life," said Mr. Ray Von Caldwell. "I think a lot of people have recognized that – even when I didn't have to tell them."

After 44 years of working with the Catawba County Planning Board, Caldwell has decided to retire from the position.

A real barn burner

January 22, 2015

Five barns and outbuildings and around an acre of land caught on fire around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at a residence on Triplet Farm Road in Maiden.

Firefighters from Maiden, Newton and North 321 fire departments responded to a call where a fire was threatening multiple structures.

The firefighters had the blaze quickly under control upon arrival.

Testing the Waters

January 22, 2015

Last May, the Newton City council voted to fund the operational cost for remainder of the city's pool season and then re-evaluate opening the pool for the 2015 summer.

On Tuesday, the council voted of the future of the pool- at least, the short-term future.

Below is a look at Wednesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams: Girls basketball...
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...

 

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