May 17th, 2011
Breakout graphic: What it means: The proposed 6.3 percent electric rate increase means the "average" residential customer who uses 1,035 kWh per month would see a monthly increase of $6.93 to a $116.90. Annually that increase amounts to $83.16.
Newton's proposed budget won't increase property taxes, sanitation costs or water and sewer fees, but city power customers can expect a 6.3 percent electric rate hike.
Fees and charges in the city's fire, police and recreation departments will also increase.
Outside of a green workshop on N.C. 10, there's a pleasant, light fragrance that fills the air. The sweet aroma isn't spring flowers in bloom, but the smell of soap being made.
Jim and Dorothy Samson, both 65 and of Newton, started O My Soap in a garage sitting beside their home. Now, the garage is full of essential oils, fragrances, various butters for mixing and numerous designer fabrics used for the company's products.
Heartbeat International, will co-host the live UNITEforLIFE webcast event to benefit pro-life pregnancy care organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
The free event, to be held May 17 at 8 p.m. in each U.S. time zone, will feature former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson as she describes her dramatic journey from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life advocate.
Johnsonâ€™s change of heart happened after she participated in an ultrasound-assisted abortion procedure that opened her eyes to the reality of abortion.
Back-to-back state championships.
Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe closed out a second straight doubles title on Saturday, defeating Shelbyâ€™s Ray Webb Parker and Ben Cheaney 6-3, 7-5.
The title is the second straight for Choi, who won last year with Will Huggins last season.
Lampe was also in last yearâ€™s final, but fell with partner Dillon Cervantez to the team of Choi-Huggins.
Three suspects were arrested Monday in relation to a breaking and entering call near Kelly Street in Conover.
After breaking into a residence around 3:30 p.m., Carl Robinson and two unidentified suspects fled toward Tri-City Baptist Church on Highway 16 North.
When the suspects wrecked their car near the church, Robinson fled the scene while another male and female suspects were taken into custody.
The names of the other suspects weren't released as of press time Monday.
Investigators are researching a fire that started at a mobile home while a husband and wife were inside.
Bandys Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 4662 N.C. 16 South at about 5:15 p.m. Monday to discover a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The couple, who was inside at the time the fire started, escaped unharmed from their home.
The fire destroyed at least half of the home.
The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
The town of Catawba plans to cut its budget by 8.8 percent during the next fiscal year in order to match the townâ€™s decline in overall revenue.
The cut will eliminate about $80,000 from the townâ€™s total budget, said Catawba Town Manager Brian M. Barnett on Wednesday.
The town will keep its current tax rate of 48 cents per $100 of valuation, Barnett said.
â€śOur biggest issue is a decline in overall revenue to the town,â€ť Barnett said. â€śNow, we have to adjust on our end what we anticipate coming in on revenue.â€ť
A 76-year-old Hickory man started rabies treatments after he was attacked by a fox, which was later confirmed to have rabies.
Officials with Caldwell County Animal Control said that on May 11, the man was playing golf with friends at Granada Farms Country Club Golf Course in Granite Falls. According to the report, at about 2:30 p.m., a fox came out of the woods and attacked the man by biting him on the bottom part of his leg. The manâ€™s golf partners started beating the fox with their golf clubs, killed the animal and called Caldwell County Animal Control.
What better way to experience the annual Music and Mud festival than to get a little muddy?
Outlaw Pottery School, Gallery and Supply in Hickory will once again have a booth set up at the festival Saturday to let event-goers create their own piece of Raku pottery.
Rosalie De Fini Outlaw, who owns the studio with her husband, Jason, said they offered the Raku pottery at last year's festival, and she said it was an activity everyone enjoyed.
Douglas James Gajus Jr., 45, of Sherrills Ford, passed away May 13, 2011, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.
Margie Mae Earle Williams, 71, of Vale, died Friday, May 13, 2011. Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Justin Houser officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.