September 21st, 2011
In terms of tax collection, â€śclose but no cigar,â€ť 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.
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 Sheriffâ€™s Office deputies are reviewing the security tape at the store, said Capt. Joel Fish.
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.
When two of the best volleyball teams in the Northwestern Conference took center stage Tuesday, it was anyoneâ€™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.
â€śHoly cow,â€ť said Foard coach Alison Yount. â€śThere are no words. Cardiac arrest. I think I had a heart attack about 17 times on the bench, at least.â€ť
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.
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.
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.
Russell lives outside in a tent.
Heâ€™s an educated man. Heâ€™s sober. Heâ€™s homeless â€“ a lifestyle that he said puts him on the street every day looking for meals and shelter.
But food is not the problem, he said. Neither is supplies. His problem is finding a safe place to reside, something that puts him into contact with police all the time.
â€śOnce the cops know you are homeless, they are on to you,â€ť Russell said, adding that law enforcement members are constantly shooing the homeless from public, and occasionally private, places.
Maiden High School made the announcement Monday that it is forfeiting one of its win from the 2011 season â€” the first time in Blue Devilsâ€™ football history that a win has been vacated.
The Blue Devils (2-3) defeated St. Stephens on Sept. 9, 36-10, but used an ineligible player during the game.
The school notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and St. Stephens High School of the playerâ€™s involvement in the game and that it had forfeited the victory.
Despite ever-increasing e-reader technology, the Catawba County Library system is growing.
Catawba County Library Director Karen Foss said branches are seeing more circulation and visitors than ever before, an increase that she said may have ties to the economy.
The Conover branch of the library has grown so much during the last two years that it is relocating to a bigger space at Conover Station â€“ a move that library leaders say will not only give it more space but new programs as well.