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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.

School's Out

February 27, 2015

For many students, snow days serve as a carefree day of freedom from class that can be spent sledding, building snowmen or sipping hot chocolate. But for more than 1,300 students across Catawba County’s three school systems — Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools — snow days could mean a day without food.

Winter storm yields five inches of snow in Catawba County

February 27, 2015

“This is the kind of snow that I like,” said 44-year-old Joan Wilder as she gets ready to put the eyes and nose on a snowman with her kids. “It is here today, and gone tomorrow.”

Truck overturns on slick roads

February 25, 2015

Snow-dusted roadways made for a slippery commute in Catawba County early Tuesday morning. Around 7 a.m., Conover Fire Department responded to a traffic accident on Conover Boulevard East near the intersection of Emmanuel Church Road where a red pickup truck had overturned down an embankment. When officials arrived on scene, the driver was entrapped in the vehicle.

Second Round of Snow

February 25, 2015

County school buses were dusted with a fluffy snow on Tuesday and were cautioned not to hit the roads. Around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, parents received calls from area school systems announcing a two hour delay for students. As flakes began to fall across Catawba County, school was called off for the third day in two weeks due to inclement weather.

Claremont receives building reuse grant

February 25, 2015

The City of Claremont was recently awarded $240,000 in grant funds from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The funds will be used toward the states Building Reuse Program and will support the reuse of a 10,000 sq. ft. building that owned by Prysmian Cables and Systems USA, LLC.

Suspect shot in fatal home invasion identified

February 25, 2015

Vernon Bobby Dixon has been identified by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office as the suspect who was shot and killed during a home breaking and entering on River Bend Road just north of Claremont on Monday.

Downtown Wedding Expo

February 24, 2015

Chelsea Pendley, right, and her mom Robin, left, check out photos of sparkling bouquets at the Forever Jeweled booth at the first ever Downtown Newton Wedding Expo and Promenade. Chelsea, of Conover, visited Saturday’s event to check out local vendors and begin planning for her upcoming nuptials.

Hope claims title

February 24, 2015

Newton-Conover’s Ah’Ron Hope won a state title at 285 pounds on Saturday in Greensboro during the NCHSAA Individual State Wrestling tournament. The Red Devils also finished as team state runners up. For more, see Sports on Page 8 of the Tuesday Edition.

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