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More warrants reveal details about Daniels’ murder

September 1, 2014

New details have been made public this week regarding the investigation into the murder of popular Discovery High counselor Maggie Daniels.

Daniels’ body was found in the bedroom of her apartment, unit 21 of Windsor Apartments in Newton, on June 28.

Newton Seals the Deal

September 1, 2014

Local woodright Eddie Hamrick (left) and son James (right) hang their
completed, handcrafted, wooden seal in Newton’s newly renovated council chamber.

Leaders of the pack

September 1, 2014

"We want to start teaching them the things that the community will expect when they're out in the real world," said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent, Dr. David Stegall.

South Newton Elementary implemented their new "Leader in Me" program at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

Lincoln County Woman Still Missing After Three Months

August 29, 2014

A western Lincoln County woman who was last seen on May 26, 2014 remains missing after three months.

Toasha Nicole Rice, 27, was last seen getting into a black four door sedan with a white female driver at a friend’s home on Eaker Road and driving away. No one has seen her since.

Lunchtime laughs

August 29, 2014

Makenzie Patton, a first-grade student at North Newton Elementary School, listens anxiously to classmate Cooper Murray as he tells her a joke during lunch on Thursday. Newton-Conover schools are wrapping up their first week back to class after summer vacation.

Proudly Serving America: The Veterans’ Wall

August 29, 2014

Inside the Exhibit Hall, at the Hickory American Legion Fair, is a colorful military display. Two walls are covered with many faces. Numerous photos, either in color or black and white, look back at you. Some are smiling, while others don a more serious expression.

DA pushing for death penalty, warrants unsealed

August 29, 2014

The alleged murderer of Newton counselor Maggie Daniels might face the death penalty if found guilty.

Daniels body was found in her residence at Windsor Apartments on June 28. Sharman Odom was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 18 and faces first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping charges.

Justice Center Expansion Underway

August 28, 2014

Work on the Catawba County Justice and Public Safety Center project is progressing and may be more obvious to those passing by or visiting the campus as construction of a new parking deck has begun.

A touch of Grace

August 28, 2014

After a long summer away from campus, Lenoir-Rhyne University students returned to bring the Hickory campus back to life.

Standing tall in the heart of LR’s campus is a structure new to this year’s students — Grace Chapel.

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.

Fries, Rides and Good Times

August 28, 2014

Samuel Biggerstaff, 7, of Vale, twisted the ribbon of his red balloon in anticipation as he tried his best to sit still on the picnic table at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds. Samuel’s balloon was free for playing a skee ball game at the annual American Legion Fair in Hickory.

“Even though I only scored 90 points and you needed 200 to win, it was fun,” he said.

Newton Businessman Corriher passes at 90

August 27, 2014

Newton has lost a prominent businessman, World War II Army Captain and charter member of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club.

Charles Rhodes Corriher, age 90, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, August 25, 2014.

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.

Gearing Up for the Golden Years

August 27, 2014

More than 2,000 seniors and caregivers attended the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Prime of Life Senior Expo at the Hickory Metro Convention Center on Tuesday.

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.

It’s all in the details

August 27, 2014

Wood dust covers the feet of an artist as he sits in his workshop, intensely chiselling away at his current masterpiece. He has spent more than 1,000 hours perfecting the details of his giant wooden sculpture, down to one-one-hundred-thousandth of an inch cuts. By his side works his son, whom he hopes will continue his craftsman legacy for years to come.

Off Duty, still working hard

August 26, 2014

After spending 24 hours on the clock as a fireman, many would spend the next 48 hours off the clock relaxing. Terry Drum, of Conover, chooses instead to get back to his roots and work just as hard on his days off.

"Welcome Home"

August 26, 2014

Many turned out Sunday to help dedicate the new South Newton Elementary School. As the doors opened for the first time to the public, the halls were quickly brought to life with excited faculty, staff, parents and students who have anxiously awaited this day.

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