Archive - Jun 2012
Catawba County is beginning development of a plan to sustain agricultural land in the county that will focus on economic development for agriculture and the recruitment of young farmers.
The public is invited to submit ideas and suggestions online at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/Planning/Sustainability/ or at a set of public workshops scheduled for July.
Catawba officials disagreed this week on a budget that cuts overall town fire department spending by more than 18 percent.
With a vote of 3-2, Catawba Town Council approved a $913,567 budget that maintains the town’s current tax rate of 48 cents per $100 of valuation and attempts to cut down on the use of town savings, or its fund balance.
State senators and local officials are lobbying the state Department of Transportation to install a stoplight at what they say is one of the area’s most dangerous intersections.
A Catawba man has been charged with murder in the death of a local woman found dead inside a burning car Thursday in Sherrills Ford.
Police charged Jermaine Wilkes, 32, of 2282 Edna St. in Catawba, with murder, burning personal property and destroying remains to conceal a death. He is being held in the Catawba County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond.
After a long break off from winning the state Kepner Cup last fall, the Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Association (CVYSA) â€˜95 Blast Blue girls soccer team is ready to compete at the Region III President Cup tournament today in Greensboro.
Coming off a 3-1 victory against Twins Silver at the state Kepner Cup two weeks ago, the â€˜96 Blast Blue boys soccer team heads into todayâ€™s Region III Presidents Cup tournament carrying momentum.
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.
Behind 14 hits, the Hickory Crawdads topped the Charleston RiverDogs in their series finale Thursday in South Carolina.
Hickory (32-27) scored two runs in the first inning and three runs in the fourth inning to pull out to the 5-0 lead and remain ahead the entire ball game.
Five Crawdads drove in one run each, including catcher Kellin Deglan, who hit a solo home run.
Newton City Council has not yet adopted its budget due to disagreement on a proposed electric rate hike of about 6 percent for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Such a hike would increase the average Newton customerâ€™s monthly bill by $7.43, or $89.16 a year. The average Newton power customerâ€™s bill would climb to $123.46 per month.
Willie “Muh” Brooks Ray, 85, of Lincolnton, departed this life Monday, June 4, 2012, at the Cardinal Health Care and Rehabilitation Center of Lincolnton. E.F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Ray family.
Catawba County authorities launched a homicide investigation after discovering a dead body inside a burning car Thursday in rural Sherrills Ford.
Sheriff Coy Reid said investigators are searching for leads in a situation where he thinks foul play was involved.