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March 30, 2015

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Newton man, woman arrested for drug charges

March 30, 2015

Quantez Antontio Gaither, of McKay Road in Newton, was arrested on Wednesday by the Hickory Police Department. Gaither was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana and felony possession of marijuana. Gaither is currently being held at the Catawba County Detention Center under a $60,000 bond.

N-CHS students earns Park Scholarship

March 30, 2015

Abby Cox, 17, of Conover is excited to begin her next chapter after she graduates from Newton-Conover High School (N-CHS) in June. Her most recent achievement has left her even more excited to begin her college career.

Cox was chosen as one of only 40 total recipients of The Park Scholarship at North Carolina State University.

New headquarters nears completion in downtown

March 30, 2015

On Feb. 14 last year, the new Newton Fire Department headquarters began taking shape.

After roughly 10 months of construction, the finishing touches are being added on and the department is prepping for open.

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

Finding your passion

March 27, 2015

"I'm so so fortunate to be in Conover," said City of Conover Planning Director Lance Hight. "Working in a place like this has allowed me and my department to do so well."

Hight began working for the City of Conover is 2004, just after graduating from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor's Degree in City and Regional Planning.

‘Just a mom’ making a difference

March 27, 2015

Laurie Powell squealed with excitement when she read that Senate Bill 445 and House Bill 355 had passed their first reading on Thursday. The companion bills were filed on Wednesday after Powell spent a year advocating for “Burt’s Law” in response to a tragic incident that involved the abuse of her son, Burt.

Pinwheel event to raise child abuse

March 26, 2015

The sun reflecting off of the metallic blue and silver curls of one spinning pinwheel glimmers enough to catch a person’s eye. When thousands are planted in the ground, the statement made is undeniable. Each year, on April 1, child protection agencies across the country take time to plant and admire these sparkling wheels that serve as a national symbol for child abuse awareness.

Newton man arrested for asault

March 26, 2015

Jerry Wayne Benfield, 47, of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested on Tuesday by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Claremont woman accused of drug trafficking

March 26, 2015

Katherine Johnson Sutherland, 58, of River Bend Road in Claremont was arrested on Tuesday by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Newton man pleads guilty in drowning death of stepson

March 25, 2015

A Newton man serving prison time in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections for robbery with a dangerous weapon in Burke County pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drowning death of his stepson during Catawba County Superior Court.

On the clock-Shuford holds annual Career Day

March 25, 2015

Local professionals from Conover and the surrounding areas volunteered to participate in Shuford Elementary School’s two-day Career Day this week.

On Tuesday, kindergarten, fourth and fifth grade students rotated through various stations both inside and outside the school to get a hands-on look at jobs they could pursue in the future.

Streetscape plan hits phase two

March 25, 2015

“We’ve been working on the Streetscape Plan for at least 10 years,” said City of Newton Mayor Anne Stedman. “This council decided to make that plan into a reality.”

The Newton Streetscape Plan is underway. The first phase of the Streetscape began with the first official Streetscape Plan meeting on Jan. 12 – starting the introduction of specific strategies for redevelopment in Newton.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

An Airbus with 150 people onboard crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday, officials said. The A320, operated by Lufthansa’s budget airline Germanwings, was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and went down in the Digne region of the Alps-De-Haute Province, according to Reuters. There were 144 passengers, two pilots and four crew members, Germanwings said.

Newton resident sells comic on AMC TV show

March 24, 2015

When he was 8 years old, Joshua Cummings strolled into the Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comic store, which was previously in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.

“I just walked in one day because it seemed cool,” Cummings said. “I never really stopped collecting because of the love of my childhood.”

Newton-Conover Rotary reads at South Newton

March 24, 2015

Eleven members of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club participated in a special reading on Friday, March 20 at South Newton Elementary School

The Rotary Club helped the students participate in “Reading Across America,” an initiative by the National Education Association (NEA). This is the 15th year N-C Rotary Club has participated in what is billed as the nation’s largest readying party.

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