June 2nd, 2011
After tweaking budget numbers the past two weeks, Newton City Council is preparing to consider a budget plan that will leave property taxes, and water and sewer rates unchanged for the year ahead.
The $40 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 will also provide a 1 percent cost-of-living increase for city employees, although it will also make dental insurance optional and raise other health insurance rates on employees' dependents. The proposed budget will increase electric customers' rates 5.5. percent.
A North Carolina woman charged with killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has pleaded not guilty to unrelated drug charges in federal court.
U.S. Magistrate David Kessler on Thursday ordered that 42-year-old Elisa Baker be held without bond. No trial date has been set.
Prosecutors say Baker distributed and planned to distribute drugs including oxycodone and hydrocodone between 2006 and 2010. They also say she conspired with others to distribute drugs.
Baker faces seven counts. Conviction on all the charges could bring a prison sentence of up to 140 years.
At first glance, the ReSource warehouse at 451 11th St. NW looks like an immense compilation of random stuff.
Along one aisle, hundreds of multi-colored fabrics line the shelves next to leather and vinyl straps. Turning to the right, you will see a multitude of glass ranging from fine stem ware to broken plates and bowls. Turn once more and you will find a complete collection of top-notch latex paints along with an on-site paint mixer.
The array of miscellaneous items goes on forever.
Four Maiden High School students were treated to an afternoon of limousine rides and Olive Garden cuisine instead of study sessions and school lunches.Â
Seniors Rebecca Gates and Matt Ellis, along with juniors John Kirby and Taylor Abshire, werenâ€™t skipping class to enjoy their afternoon out; they were being rewarded for winning first place in the Distracted Driving Video Contest.
Geraldine Valentine Stout, 93, of Newton, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. No services are planned at this time.
Paula Fox Townsend, 55, of Hickory, died Friday, May 27, 2011. The Townsend family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.
Catawba County Commissioners met Tuesday in public sessions to iron out a 2011-12 budget.
Catawba County officials are considering eliminating fire alarm mutual aid funding to the 14 fire departments in the county. The funding, about $2,400 to each department annually, has been around for 40 years and has "no history," said County Manager Tom Lundy.
A public hearing is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m. in the 1924 Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.
When multiple explosions triggered a raging fire at a chemical storage facility in Hudson on Saturday, Caldwell County called out for help.
Caldwell firefighters were battling a blaze that was out of control at the RPM Wood Finishes Group plant, so they put out a call to Catawba County firefighters for additional personnel.
In less than an hour, more than 50 Catawba County firefighters and 10 apparatuses were headed to Hudson to assist.
Martha Sue Stiles Travis, 54, of Claremont, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at her residence. The Travis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Melisa Irene Smith, 54, of Mt. Holly, passed away at her residence Monday, May 30, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Smith family.
Catawba County's school systems are safe from a consolidation â€” at least for the 2011-12 budget year.
The Senate's proposed budget will fund the state's 115 school systems, which includes counties with more than one school district.
Sen. Austin Allran said the proposal to fund one school system per county was removed from the Senate's plan last week with bipartisan support. However, Allran said the state will have to take a $13 million cut in another area of its budget.
A Conover dentist previously charged with Medicaid fraud closed her clinic doors and left Catawba County.
Dr. Letitia Ballance operated Carolina West Dental in Conover. In a letter dated April 11, Ballance informed her patients she was no longer going to operate in Catawba County after April 15. In the letter, Ballance said the business' closing is "a result of the continued struggling economy."
Ballance did not return phone calls to The O-N-E seeking comment.
However, Ballance's dental clinic closing brings satisfaction to at least one county resident.