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Community Supported Agriculture

March 5, 2015

If you are looking for ways to eat healthier and support local agriculture, a CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription might be for you. A CSA, in simple terms, is a subscription to a farm in which you receive a share of what the farm harvests on a regular basis.

Newton PD arrest man with 137 grams of marijuana

March 5, 2015

A Hickory man was arrested by Newton Police Tuesday after an officer found 137 grams of marijuana in his backpack.

38-year-old Shah Dion Harrison of 3rd St NE in Hickory was arrested after officers pulled over a vehicle for an expired tag near the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and West C Street. Harrison was not driving the vehicle.

Not every pro wears a suit and tie

March 5, 2015

First generation farmer Russell Hedrick, 30, is doing a little more than just watering the crops and plowing the fields.

Hedrick was recently bestowed with Catawba County's Soil and Water Conservation District Farm Family of the Year award for his outstanding best management practices on his farm, JRH Grains Farms, LLC in Hickory.

Conover council talks health, manor

March 5, 2015

March 2015 was proclaimed as Give Healthy and National Nutrition Month for the city of Conover at their City Council meeting this past Monday, March 1.

"It's a program that Catawba County Health and Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries have worked together on and now they're asking all of the municipalities to get the word out," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan.

Teen Convicted

March 4, 2015

A Catawba County teen pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a stabbing death during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, March 2, 2015.

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.

Newton man guilty of 46 sexual offenses

March 4, 2015

A Newton man was sentenced to no less than 160 years of prison time for multiple sexual offenses spanning more than a decade.

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.

Sunset Drive fire torches porch

March 4, 2015

Conover Fire Department responded to a house fire on Sunset Drive just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire started on the front porch of the residence, according to Chief Mark Hinson, and resulted in no injuries.

“It was a small house fire there,” Hinson said. “We had it under control in about 15 minutes.”

Chief: Man was cutting fuel tank at time of blast

March 4, 2015

Officials said a man was cutting the end of “an old fuel tank” when an explosion blew through the outbuilding he was working in at 3986 N.C. Highway 16 North on Monday afternoon.

The man suffered burns to 80 percent of his body and was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital following the incident. Officials had no update on his condition Tuesday.

Empty Bowls, Full Hearts

March 3, 2015

On Saturday, the cafeteria at Saint Stephens High School will be filled with people making a difference.

The 9th annual Empty Bowls, Full Heart event will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, utilizing the creative talents of students, staff and the community to raise money for local soup kitchens and overall hunger awareness.

‘Loud boom’ shakes Conover

March 3, 2015

Brenda Trivette was unloading groceries outside her home on Angel Road in Conover when she heard the explosion.

“All I heard was a loud boom and then I felt the ground shake,” Trivette said. “I actually dropped my bag. Then I turned around and all I could see was black smoke coming from behind the trees.”

The O-N-E represented at annual NCPA Awards

March 2, 2015

The Observer News Enterprise’s Sports Editor Cody Dalton received an award during the N.C. Press Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony held Thursday at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dalton earned second place for sports columns in the Daily Division, which includes newspapers with a circulation less than 15,000.

Paying at the Pump

March 2, 2015

The price at the pump factors into nearly every household budget across America — making things run smoothly when the cost of gasoline drops and stretching dollars thin when it skyrockets.

Second suspect in fatal home invasion identified, arrested

March 2, 2015

A tip lead Catawba County Sheriff’s Office deputies to the second suspect in a fatal home invasion that occurred Monday near Claremont — Brandon Lineberger.

Lineberger, 26,was arrested and charged on Wednesday in connection with the incident where alleged accomplice Vernon Bobby Dixon was shot and killed.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Foods for a Longer Life

February 27, 2015

When it comes to maintaining health in our later years, eating right and fueling our bodies with nutritious food is key. Krystin Goodwin highlights the best foods for a longer life.

New planning director eager to return to Catawba Co.

February 27, 2015

"I'm eager to see what things are happening in Newton," said City of Newton's new Planning Director Randy Williams.

On Feb. 25, Williams officially took seat as the city's new Planning Director.

Williams, 53, first got a feel for the job that he's in now in 1991 when he began working with the City of Conover as their Director of Planning and Economic Development.

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