July 7th, 2011
Claremont officials recently approved amendments to its sign ordinance that will allow businesses to incorporate high-rise signs close to its property.
Claremont City Council members approved amendments Tuesday that will establish a high-rise sign overlay district adjacent to Interstate 40 that will let business owners incorporate up to 80-foot-tall signs either on or near their property.
‚ÄúWe are trying to be a little more business friendly,‚ÄĚ said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick. ‚ÄúWe are also trying to attract new businesses to the interchange.‚ÄĚ ¬†¬†
If you walk around the Hickory American Legion Flea Market on an early Thursday morning, you‚Äôre bound to see some interesting things for sale.
There‚Äôs military gear. Piles of used tires. Comic book collections.
Miniature cacti farms. Live animals. Basically, if the flea market had a motto, it would probably read ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúYou want it, we sell it.‚ÄĚ
As area citizens continue to battle the hot and stormy summer months, the county sheriff is also recommending that residents do their part to fight another reoccurring summer plague ‚ÄĒ larceny.
‚ÄúIt goes up a little bit during the summer months,‚ÄĚ said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. ‚ÄúEverything is out in sight where thieves can see it, and there‚Äôs a bigger demand for home equipment and things like that.‚ÄĚ
Mountain biking with a large family isn’t always easy. There are different speeds to consider, questions of endurance, child seats perched on the back of bikes versus toddler-sized carriages, and of course, those who don’t even care to bike. It is because there are so many factors that the location becomes imperative. Biking with friends, I found the perfect place that not only met everyone’s needs, but proved to be enjoyable even for non-bikers. It was a place as unique as its name: The Virginia Creeper Trail.
After trailing 5-0 in the second inning, a Hickory Crawdads' rally fell just short.
Delmarva (6-8) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning of Wednesday's South Atlantic League contest against Hickory (8-6), when rain began to pour.
Officials called the game after seven complete innings, allowing the Shorebirds to survive the rally and a sweep on the road against the Crawdads.
Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3-5, 4.42) struggled in his short outing on Wednesday. Thompson pitched 1.1 innings.
Conover Fire Department is losing $2,400 in mutual aide funding from Catawba County, but it will still see a $3,000 increase in revenue thanks to an increase in property values in the city‚Äôs rural fire district.
Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson told Conover City Council that the mutual-aid funding, which at other times may have been called something else in the Catawba County budget, was in place since the 1960s. At the time the revenue stream was created, it assisted the county‚Äôs fire departments which were few in numbers, Hinson said.
A Catawba County percussionist and educator recently published a new book that will be used by several middle and high schools in the area and statewide.
Area drummer Rick Cline published ‚ÄúTools for the Developing Drummer‚ÄĚ earlier this year, a comprehensive and instructional book for beginners and advanced drummers.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been compiling these materials over the last 20 years, and I‚Äôve been binding and making books for the sake of my private students for that span of time,‚ÄĚ Cline said. ‚ÄúAnd it wasn‚Äôt until a couple years ago when I said, ‚ÄėI should just make an official book.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
In nature, sometimes the smallest change makes all the difference.
A few rocks in a stream make a dam. A couple seeds in the ground produce a plant. Like the old saying reiterates ‚Äď with every action, there is a reaction.
A lumber company in Maiden is proving that the same saying goes for society too, as one minor facility change at the company will produce numerous benefits for people as well as the planet.
Following a 14-0 win on Monday against the East‚Äôs No. 1 seed, Huntersville, Hickory continued its dominance over Post 321 in the second round of the American Legion Playoffs.
Post 48 (15-8) scored 10 runs in three innings on its way to a 14-3 home route over Huntersville in game two at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
‚ÄúWe are just real focused right now on winning this series,‚ÄĚ said coach Fore Rembert. ‚ÄúThey want to advance to the next round. That is the big thing.‚ÄĚ
Crime rates in the county and state are down from previous years ‚ÄĒ drops that law enforcement officials say can be attributed to a variety of reasons.
The overall Catawba County rate of index crime per 100,000 people dropped 10.6 percent in 2010, a decrease that is a bit more substantial than the state‚Äôs overall drop of 5.6 percent from 2009.
Violent crime per 100,000 people dropped 28 percent last year, a decrease that the county‚Äôs District Attorney Jay Gaither said can be partly attributed to his office‚Äôs habitual felon programs.