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County library seeks crowd-funding for community garden

July 22, 2014

The Catawba County Library is engaging the community to raise more money to better “seed” its new garden at the main library in Newton. Partnering with Citizinvestor, a crowd-funding and civic engagement platform, the project seeks local residents willing to invest in the community garden.

‘You’ve Got a Friend’ shooting music video in Newton

July 22, 2014

Local musician, Jonathan Birchfield, is making one of his biggest dreams come true — and you’re invited to be a part of the magic.

Birchfield will be performing with symphony orchestras worldwide with his recently formed tribute, “You’ve Got A Friend”.

County Commissioners hear concerns about Business Park 1764

July 22, 2014

“An industrial park is a great idea, but you have the wrong the location.”

This statement echoed in the 1924 Courthouse over and over Monday night as concerned citizens of the Startown community voiced their opinions on the proposed 1764 Business Park.

Newton’s Nutcracker Prince earns scholarship to Nashville

July 21, 2014

A very gifted student from the NewArt School of Ballet, Ben Cunningham, will be joining the company at Nashville Ballet in August.

Cunningham began his training with NewArt School of Ballet in 2013. He came to NASB as an actor with a desire to improve his dancing and very quickly got hooked on ballet. Melissa and Michael French, who head the NASB, could tell Cunningham was very gifted.

The Walker of Newton

July 21, 2014

Norman Reedus didn't have his trademark crossbow ready when he entered his trailer after a day of filming, but maybe he should have.

As the actor who plays Daryl Dixon walked towards the bathroom, an anxious extra waited inside. The door burst open and out came a gnarly zombie who had become a pawn in "The Walking Dead" actors' notorious pranks. That zombie was Johnny Clontz, of Newton.

Malaysian Airlines Crash

July 18, 2014

Mother charged in 4-year-old’s drowning

July 18, 2014

4-year-old Logan Putnam was swimming with friends in Lake Hickory on May 24 when he was left underwater for 10 minutes, officials said. Putnam died the following Monday as a result of the incident.

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Anderson convicted of Obstruction of Justice

July 18, 2014

District Attorney James C. Gaither, Jr announces the conviction of April Jean Anderson, 36, of Winston-Salem, NC, for (F) Obstruction of Justice (2 counts) after a two day trial in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court this week. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours prior to returning the verdicts of guilty as charged.

Stuff the Bus

July 18, 2014

The Catawba County United Way is reaching out to citizens to "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies for local children who need them.

Weekend of Fun in Newton

July 18, 2014

Downtown Newton will be busy this weekend with the final 'Movies in the Park' and a Cruisin’ Newton car show.

The movie will be “Despicable Me 2” and be shown at Southside Park Friday evening. The movie event and popcorn is sponsored by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet and the arts and crafts for the children before the movie will be provided by Vertical Church in Newton.

Malaysian Airline Reported Shot Down

July 17, 2014

Plane Crashes Near The Border Of Ukraine (actual crash footage)

Something Shakespeare this way comes

July 17, 2014

The Green Room Community Theatre is in the works of its 17th annual Summer Shakespeare Theatre Institute. The unique and creative experience is set up as a week-long theatre day program for children in first to 12th grade. Students get to explore the mysterious world of William Shakespeare and the Elizabeathin era.

Voters packed polls statewide for runoff

July 17, 2014

Nearly 10,000 Catawba County voters cast ballots in Tuesday's runoff election, keeping with a statewide pattern of high turnout at the polls.

"We had almost 13 percent turnout," said Amanda Duncan, Catawba County Board of Elections director. "That was very much higher than normal."

National Night Out in Conover

July 16, 2014

Conover is gearing up for their annual National Night Out event.

On Aug. 5, communities around the country will hold events sponsored by their local police departments as a part of the national day.

"It's a community event that they do nationwide," said Lt. Mark Stump with Conover Police. "We've been participating 17 years and it's a nationwide event."

Investigators eliminate several persons of interest in Daniels' death

July 16, 2014

The investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels continued on Tuesday as Newton Police and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation make progress with the investigation of the former Newton educator.

According to a Newton PD press release, local law enforcement has interviewed over 100 persons, while eliminating several people as persons of interest during the process.

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