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Archive - Feb 22, 2011

United front: Bears, Indians prepare for this week’s NCHSAA State Wrestling Tournament

February 22, 2011

By Cody Dalton
O-N-E Sports Editor
Individual wrestlers from all around the Catawba County area are preparing for this week’s NCHSAA state wrestling tournament and many are working together.

On Tuesday, the state qualified wrestlers from St. Stephens and Bunker Hill spent time together in practice trying to prepare one another for the competition they will face.

Indians coach Billy Baker likes the idea of changing up the daily routine to help his wrestlers not become used to their familiar surroundings.

Postal workers: Don't close facility

February 22, 2011

United States postal workers take an oath to provide mail service to the country's citizens. But area members of the American Postal Workers Union feel that oath to provide superior customer service could be comprised if the U.S. Postal Service Hickory distribution facility in Conover is closed.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 22, 2011

Betty Jean Poteat Smith, 79, of Hildebran, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, after a period of declining health.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Betty Jean Poteat Smith.

Victim catches thieves in action

February 22, 2011

A quick-thinking dirt bike owner didn't let himself become a victim of a crime Monday when he found his stolen motor bike, chained it to a tree and waited for the thieves to return.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies responded to the 4700 block of Burton Lane in Denver after the dirt bike owner, Lance Markevitch, called 9-1-1 to report that he and his neighbors apprehended two suspects who allegedly stole the man's dirt bike Sunday and hid it near the man's home.

Catawba combats finances year-by-year

February 22, 2011

An increasing cost of doing business coupled with decreasing town revenues caused Catawba leaders to rethink the way the town operates for the upcoming fiscal year.

Catawba hasn't seen revenues exceed expenditures since 2007, leaving the town with a budget trending toward a $200,000 gap between revenues and expenses.

That gap won't be closed in one year, town manager Brian Barnett told Catawba Town Council during a budget workshop Feb. 15. The town, however, can start closing the gap year by year with reduced operating and capital costs.

Man turns hobby into fundraiser

February 22, 2011

For years, a Claremont businessman owned A. Klein & Co. and manufactured iconic heart-shaped boxes for candy and other gifts.

The company has since ceased production, but that hasn't stopped Jesse Salwen from creating other things that make people smile.

Salwen, of Claremont, started taking photographs in the 1940s with a Brownie Box camera. Photography has changed a lot since then, but 73-year-old Salwen's love for capturing images on film hasn't.

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