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Archive - Apr 2011

April 25th

CIP plan includes $30 million in new debt

April 25, 2011

A plan to address $32.5 million in necessary Newton projects relies on more than $30 million in new debt for the city.

Plans to finance projects included in a proposed Capital Improvement Plan come as the city continues to make payments toward $27.7 million in debt. Yet, even facing the prospect of increasing that debt, the city is still well below state rules for how much debt a city can incur.

Convicted DWI investigator resigns

April 25, 2011

A Hickory Police investigator resigned a week after his DWI conviction, following a single-car accident in December.

Officer Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was convicted April 14 on a Level 5 driving while impaired charge in Hickory District Court. Falowski's attorney, Gene Sigmon, filed an appeal in the ruling, which is on its way to the District Attorney's Office for a date in superior court.

Planning for $32.5 million in needs

April 25, 2011

Newton City Council is considering a five-year, $32.5 million capital improvement plan that the city manager said will address the city's most pressing needs.

Farmers market off to good start

April 25, 2011

Conover Farmers Market is open and in full swing with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Julie Lehmann, manager of Conover Farmers Market, said Saturday's first day open for the season was off to a good start.

"(Saturday's) shoppers found spring time and were romping around the market," Lehmann said. "They were very excited to be back."

Convergys to hire 160 employees

April 25, 2011

Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management, is hiring for 160 full-time positions at its contact center in Hickory.

Interested candidates from throughout the Catawba County area are invited to attend an on-site Recruitment Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Convergys, 1507 Seventh St. SE. New employees will provide customer service and sales support for a Convergys client in the telecommunications industry.

Woman car jacked at Taco Bell

April 25, 2011

A Newton woman was car jacked early Sunday morning as she was leaving a Hickory Taco Bell.
Sarah Sherard, 27, was leaving Taco Bell on U.S. 70 SE after eating with friends at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Sherard told Hickory Police that as she was driving toward the parking lot exit, a fight started in the parking lot. Sherard stopped her car and got out to go to the fight.
Sherard said as the fight was almost over, a male walked up to her, pushed her against her car, took her car keys and left the scene in Sherard's 2005 BMW X3.

April 22nd

Bears add to list of signees over the last two years

April 22, 2011

The three bears.

No, this isn’t a children’s story, but it was a storybook ending for a trio of Bunker Hill baseball players.

First basemen/pitcher Jacob Shepherd, third basemen/pitcher Cody Plemmons and outfielder Cody Ervin officially signed to continue their baseball careers in college Friday.

Shepherd signed with Catawba College, Plemmons with Lenoir-Rhyne and Ervin with Mars Hill.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 22, 2011

Jackie Darlene Spake, 55, of Conover, died Friday, April 21, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.

Warlong building prepares to open

April 22, 2011

After sitting idle about six years, the Warlong Glove building on the former Broyhill Furniture site in Conover will once again open to the public.

"We are ahead of schedule," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr.

Conover purchased the 27-acre Broyhill Furniture property in downtown Conover in 2005, after the company closed the facility's doors in 2004. Duncan, who originally thought the Conover Station project will take 10 years to complete, is now planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the summer.

$6.5M in grants, no easy task

April 22, 2011

Conover received $6.5 million in grants for Conover Station, but according to city officials, applying for grants is not an easy task.

"(Completing) the application is the easy part," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "Completing the documents to start spending the money is the hard work."

In 2007 Duncan, along with a core group in the city government planning department, started applying for grants in 2007 for Conover Station after purchasing the property in 2005.

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