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July 21st, 2011

Justice center expansion a step closer


July 21, 2011

County commissioners recently approved a fund transfer that will help pay for a $30 million public safety expansion project. 
Commissioners appropriated $1,555,455 to the county’s justice and public safety center expansion project that started about three years ago.

The expansion project will give the justice center more courtrooms and revitalize a 911 communications center that is in need of restoration, said Rodney Miller, Catawba County finance director over facilities. 

July 20th

Crawdads allow nine runs on 14 hits in loss

July 21, 2011

Greensboro’s win over Hickory on the diamond Wednesday was as easy as 1-2-3.

The Grasshoppers (13-13, 53-43) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-4 win over the Crawdads (17-9, 57-37).

Hickory first basemen Andrew Clark, the reigning South Atlantic League player of the week, continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 in the game to raise his batting average to .307.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 20, 2011

Wilbur Hayden Ennis, 86, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Ennis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover. 
 

The Artist's Cafe closing

July 20, 2011

After nearly five years in business, The Artist's Cafe will permanently close its doors in downtown Newton. The restaurant's closure will impact 20 employees when the business officially ceases operation on Saturday.

"I never wanted to leave this town. I put five years into this business," said The Artist's Cafe owner Louis Demarhos, adding the decision is heart-breaking. "We made a lot of great friends here."

CVCC at ‘breaking point’

July 20, 2011

Hundreds of area citizens are crowding into Catawba Valley Community College’s registration offices this week to sign up for classes for the coming fall semester.

Enrollment at the community college has steadily increased during the past several years, with administrators seeing about a 24 percent increase since 2007. But the same way attendance has grown, funding from the state has shrunk, putting school leaders in a bind to produce more resources with less cash.

Economic leaders discuss future

July 20, 2011

In the last fiscal year, worldwide conglomerates, like Apple Inc., have made million-dollar investments in Catawba County municipalities. In that same time, homegrown companies, like Lee Industries and Dalco Nonwovens, announced and enacted planned growth to their businesses — bringing more jobs and revenue to the local and county governments.

In total, the county saw about $47.5 million invested and 800 jobs created during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Sex offender charged for using Facebook

July 20, 2011

Authorities arrested a Claremont man on Saturday after they caught the convicted sex offender using a social media website unlawfully.

Andrew Dorsey, 23, of 2895 Wilderness Trace in Claremont, was arrested and charged with felony use of a social website by a sex offender after a Catawba County sheriff’s deputy found the man’s personal Facebook page.

Dorsey was given a secured bond of $4,000, but was not in jail as of press time Wednesday.

Shakespeare camp helps kids grow

July 20, 2011

Children of all ages are piling into the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton this week to recite 16th century old English and have fun doing it.

The playhouse is playing host to the 14th annual Summer Shakespeare Theatre Institute, a week-long day camp that gives first-grade through 12th-grade students the chance to watch, practice and perform classic theatre.

David Brown and Jonathon Ray started the institute 14 years ago.

“Theatre and acting itself builds learning skills,” Brown said.

July 19th

Newton boy Atkinson takes national stage Saturday

July 20, 2011

For the second straight year, a Newton boy will represent his city and state in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Nine-year-old Caleb Atkinson will race as the only rally champion from
North Carolina in the Super Stock division at the 74th edition of the Derby this Saturday, which is held in Akron, Ohio.

The Derby features around 500 of the greatest soap box champions from around the World.

“I’m more relaxed than the first time I went,” Atkinson said. “I know what to do. Last time, I had someone guiding me that I knew from Huntersville. I’m way more relaxed than nervous.”

Private company to teach CCS driver's ed

July 19, 2011

An outside driver's education business will operate Catawba County Schools' program starting in the 2011-12 school year to avoid charging students a fee.

After the N.C. General Assembly allocated CCS $198 per child for driver's education, the Board of Education faced two options — charge students $45 to keep the program in-house or enter into an agreement with an outside driver's education program to teach students to drive.

"The way the bill is written, it's made our options very limited," CCS board member Sherry Butler said of legislation's binding CCS driver's education allotment.

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