May 25th, 2011
Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.
The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid â€” funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.
"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.
George William Gardner, 76, of Claremont, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Concordia Lutheran Church.
Ruby Vandeline Bradshaw Pugh, 82, of Hickory, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Brian Center East.
The celebration of life service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at 3:16 Christian Community Church.
The N.C. House of Representatives' budget funds three school systems in Catawba County. However, a proposal to fund one school system per county is part of an N.C. Senate plan that could seriously impact Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.
"I'm totally against (funding one school system per county)," said Sen. Austin Allran. "I've always opposed that funding provision."
Allran said a proposal to fund only one school system per county comes up "every year" during the budget process. And each year, Allran said he's opposed it.
I oppose all attempts by the U.S. Postal Service to consolidate the Hickory Processing and Distribution Facility into the Greensboro plant over 80-plus miles away.
The city of Newton has a limited amount of compost and mulch that is being offered to Newton residents free of charge.
Citizens may pick up the compost and/or mulch at the cityâ€™s facility on Boston Road (off N.C. 10 West) on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call the city of Newton Sanitation Division at (828) 695-4294.
For the second time in over two weeks, Fred T. Foard knocked off an undefeated team.
The Lady Tigers (22-4), who defeated unbeaten Alexander Central to win the NWC tournament crown a few weeks ago, toppled previously unbeaten Franklin (23-1) in clutch fashion.
Foard got three of its seven hits in the game with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to advance to the 3A state semis over Franklin, 3-0, on the road Tuesday.
Newton-Conover Rotarians presented the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award on Tuesday night, and just like the annual award's namesake, this year's recipient is a club member "exemplifying nobility of character and personal integrity."
Newton-native, World War II veteran and career contractor Glenn E. Yount was presented with the "Dr. Mac" award during Newton-Conover Rotary Club's annual Rotary Night at Catawba Country Club. Yount, 94, has been a Rotarian for 26 years, is the club's senior member and attends club meetings regularly.
Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.
"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."
Lunch never came for customers at Little Pigs Barbecue on Tuesday after a woman drove her car through the building's exterior brick walls.
"I'd thought a bomb had gone off," said Esther Martin, 78, of Newton, who was waiting on a hot dog and iced tea when the car came barreling through the building. "I didn't even get to eat lunch."
Mary Elizabeth Larson Brantley, 92, of Newton, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Brian Center in Viewmont. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Mary Ina Yoder Parker, 85, of Conway, S.C., formerly of Newton, passed away May 23, 2011, at Agape Senior of Conway. Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Parker family.