August 8th, 2011
As members of Congress debated deep cuts to federal spending, workers were busy inside the Capitol Hill office of GOP Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry.
The renovations included laying new carpet, a new coat of paint for the walls, hanging drapes and unboxing new furniture.
McHenry, an outspoken conservative from Cherryville whose district stretches from the suburbs of Charlotte west into the Blue Ridge, said through a spokesman the work had been scheduled for months and that the new furniture was needed to replace old wooden desks that were "basically falling apart."
Eager for his senior season and the opportunity to play football in college, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson went to work this summer.
The 6-foot-3-inch signal caller took part in 10 camps all around the state of North Carolina in hopes that a school would notice him.
Betty Jean Lail Ross, 80, of East Maiden Rd., passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Ross Family.
A Catawba County Hmong association wants to expand and share its culture with others. Property recently re-zoned by county commissioners should help that happen more quickly.
Catawba County commissioners re-zoned land belonging to the Hmong Southeast Puavpheej, Inc. association last month from residential to a mixed-use district â€“ a move that will allow the Hmong to build a multi-purpose facility that will be used for festivals and cultural education.
Catawba Countyâ€™s region has one of the largest Hmong populations in the nation, and new census data reports that those numbers are holding steady.
â€¨From 2000 to 2010, the Hmong population in Catawba County has grown by about 1,000 people, and there are about 3,000 Hmong currently living in the area, according to census data. The Hmong population makes up about 2.1 percent of the total population in Catawba County and makes about 60 percent of the total Asian population county wide.
A Hickory Porsche dealership is offering a $10,000 reward after a third Porsche vehicle was stolen from their lot this week.
Paramount Automotive Group officials in Hickory reported a 2012 Porsche Cayenne missing from the dealership lot Thursday morning after they arrived at work and the car was gone. Hickory Police believe the $88,495 car was stolen between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
The N.C, General Assembly added five more instructional days to the 2011-12 school calendar, but that doesn't mean Catawba County's students will face any extra time in the classroom.
Instead, the county's teachers will.
After struggling the past two games against Hagerstown, the Hickory Crawdads went back to basics Thursday.
The Crawdads, who sported replica jerseys from the 1939-60 Hickory Rebels, had a throwback night, going back to the tools that led them to a first half championship â€” hitting, pitching and defense.
Hickory pounded out eight runs on 15 hits on its way to an 8-1 win over Hagerstown in the series finale between the two teams.
Area citizens will not decide Elisa Bakerâ€™s fate after a judge granted a change of venue request last week, a ruling that stirs mixed emotions for Catawba County residents.
â€¨Some people believe the accused child murderer would "get what she deservesâ€ť in Catawba County, but others say it is only fair to move the case to another county.
â€¨Newton resident Robby Brooks said he has followed Elisaâ€™s case from the beginning and said the trial should have remained here.
In the past, landfills were abundant in North Carolina. At one point, more than 90 large-scale dumping sites were scattered throughout the state, and nearly every county had its own site. Over time, landfills do just that â€“ fill up â€“ and requirements make it hard for some to continue.
â€¨Catawba County still has one of 41 landfills left in the state, but as the name suggests, the countyâ€™s EcoComplex does a lot more than collect waste. Between the cracks and behind the scenes, it does a lot for the average citizen than it appears on the surface. Â