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September 22nd, 2011

Trojans end Red Devils 32-match CVAC streak

September 22, 2011

Second song and same sound, but different verse.

Bandys and Newton-Conover went to war on the volleyball court for the second time this season on Wednesday.

After losing a tough match at home in five games to the Lady Red Devils on Aug. 29, the Lady Trojans (8-1) would not suffer the same fate.

Taylor Sigmon, Jesse Story and Chelsey Queen combined for 45 kills, leading Bandys to a five-game road win of their own, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-10.

September 21st

Maiden considers new town hall

September 22, 2011

Maiden officials are planning to build a $1.7 million town hall, but it’s unclear if the building will become a reality.

Town council members voiced their approval on Monday for renderings of a new 11,240-square-foot town hall that would feature a community room, multiple conference rooms and more offices for town officials. The building, which would be located at 19 N. Main Ave. in Maiden, has a projected cost of about $1.7 million.

Passion for the pantry

September 22, 2011

Charlie Bunn had a passion for helping the hungry.

Several years ago on Thanksgiving Day, Bunn volunteered to leave his family's holiday gathering to take care of an alarm that went off at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM), the nonprofit crisis assistance organization in Newton where he volunteered many hours.

On the way home, Bunn found a homeless man, picked him up and took him home.

"Charlie walks into his home and tells his wife to set another plate," said the Rev. Robert Silber, executive director of ECCCM. "He had a passion."

Tough economy impacts county, city tax revenues

September 22, 2011

In terms of tax collection, “close but no cigar,” is an expensive phrase.

Each year, Catawba County aims to collect 100 percent of taxes in the county, including those in its municipalities. The county usually comes very close to its goal, averaging about 97 percent in recent years.

But that other 3 percent comprises a whole lot of potential revenue.

Last fiscal year, for example, the county collected $77,216,606 (97.27 percent) in real estate and personal property tax from its county residents, but had $2,167,872 outstanding.

Catawba County crime

September 22, 2011

Store Larcenies

Thieves steal cigars, money from Vale store

Thieves broke into a Vale convenience store Sunday night and stole cigars and cash.

Police are looking for suspects who entered the Buds Place convenience store at 9029 West N.C. 10 in Vale to take cartons of cigars and $300 in cash.

Witnesses saw two white men in an older white car near the store at the time of the burglary, and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office deputies are reviewing the security tape at the store, said Capt. Joel Fish.

Library renaissance

September 22, 2011

All the shelves in the Newton-Conover High School library are empty.

Students ask librarian Beverly Hall where the books have gone.

Hall is able to tell the students that, soon, there will be new books on new shelves in a revived library that will also include new carpet, new fluorescent lighting, new tables and a variety of other improvements.

Hall's now in her third year as librarian at the school. The library renovation project has been in progress for about two years.

Indians suffer first NWC loss to Foard in thriller

September 21, 2011

When two of the best volleyball teams in the Northwestern Conference took center stage Tuesday, it was anyone’s guess at what would happen.

After four thrilling games played until the very last points, it was Fred T. Foard getting the better of St. Stephens. The Lady Tigers handed the Lady Indians their first conference loss, 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24.

“Holy cow,” said Foard coach Alison Yount. “There are no words. Cardiac arrest. I think I had a heart attack about 17 times on the bench, at least.”

September 20th

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

Mildred R. Knauff, 87, of Conover, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.  The Knauff family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

William “Bill” Jack Goins, 74, of Vale, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at his residence.  The Goins family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Care center opens new location in Sherrills Ford

September 21, 2011

A dream has become reality in Sherrills Ford.

Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley (PCHCV) officially opened its new facility in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday, and officials say its presence should help area citizens immediately.

Catawba communities dedicating recreation trails Sunday

September 21, 2011

On Sunday, four communities in Catawba County will celebrate their patches of a recreation trail that weaves its way through 15 counties in North and South Carolina.

Pieces of the "Carolina Thread Trail" will be dedicated in Conover, Newton, Hickory and Murrays Mill.

The trail is named for the fabric manufacturing heritage in the 15 counties in which it travels, according to the trail's website. Counties in the trail region have identified 1,200 miles of planned trails and more than 80 miles are already open to the public.

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