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Professional monsters lurking in Newton

October 30, 2014

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 — and a few are from Newton.

VIDEO: Bumgarner Shines As Giants Win World Series

October 30, 2014

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

Doctor accused of trafficking drugs

October 29, 2014

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.

‘He’s a fighter’

October 29, 2014

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.

“Everything went well with the pregnancy and the delivery was fine,” Casey said. “We didn’t have any reason to worry.”

Spooktacular in Newton

October 28, 2014

Downtown Newton was filled with ghost and goblins Saturday evening for the Newton Halloween Spooktacular. Kids of all ages were treated to games and goodies as they trunk-or-treated and also had a costume contest.

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.

Dr. Hart earns state's highest civilian honor

October 28, 2014

Dr. Bob Hart (bottom center) was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award Saturday during the Hart Square Festival. Dr. Hart is pictured with the Hart family-- son Eric Hart and his wife Margaret hart and their three kids, Robert, Abby and Rebecca Hart. Other son is Keith Hart and his wife Lisa Hart. Their son, Carson Hart.

On the road to ‘Captain’

October 28, 2014

Driving along the open road is one of Derrick Whittle, Sr.'s favorite pastimes. For the past 34 years, Whittle has been able to drive for a living as a professional truck driver.

Flag presented in Claremont

October 27, 2014

Members of Cargo Transporters in Claremont received a special surprise on Friday afternoon when a young man in uniform showed up at the company’s door.

“We had no idea he was coming,” said Shawn Brown, vice president of safety for the company. “He was just a local boy who felt moved and compelled to present us with this special flag.”

Dual employment not a public issue, not uncommon

October 27, 2014

“The last few weeks have been the most challenging I have experienced as your Mayor,” said Shawn Brown, mayor of Claremont as he opened up Thursday’s special called city council meeting. “However, I do truly believe adversity and challenging situations make us better leaders.”

The agenda for the meeting listed only one item of business — a fire department discussion.

VIDEO: Student opens fire at a Washington state high school

October 24, 2014

A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun, the Seattle

Fire guts garage

October 24, 2014

Fire fighters from Bandys and Catawaba Fire Departments hose down what is left of a two-story garage on East Bandys Crossing after a Thursday morning fire destroys the building . According to a neighbor Susan Chafin, a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the structure. “I went outside to look for myself and saw smoke. Then it just went up in flames.”

Tillis to visit Balls Creek Republican Fish Fry

October 24, 2014

Huge cast-iron pots will smoke over a wood fire and flames will flow out through the chimneys on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Bandys High School. The Balls Creek Republican Fish Fry is held every two years and features food, fellowsip and entertainment.

Education Matters

October 24, 2014

Seniors from six area high schools spent time this week learning about career and higher education options at Catawba Valley Community College through the Education Matters program.

VIDEO: Academic Scandal Shocks UNC

October 23, 2014

A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, a new investigation found. (Oct. 23)

Halloween Hot Spot

October 23, 2014

Bones have begun peeking out of the dirt at the corner of N. Ashe Ave and W. 10th Street in Newton. Webs and witches have taken over the trees and rats and bats squeak freely across the sidewalk.

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