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March 24th, 2011

Town plans first sidewalk sale

March 24, 2011

The town of Catawba is planning its first town-wide sidewalk sale to help people get a jump-start on spring cleaning.

The inaugural event is set for May 21 in downtown Catawba from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Planning for the event started in December with the Catawba Small Town committee, which is part of the town's Main Street Program.

"The committee's main goal is to enhance and beautify the town," said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett. "That's what we're hoping to do."

2 workers fired after $3K theft

March 24, 2011

Two Hickory Public Services workers were fired and four more were suspended after more than $3,000 of materials was stolen from a city demolition site.

Hickory Public Works department took action against the six employees Monday after allegations of possible employee misconduct surfaced during the demolition of Ridgeview and George Ivey pools, according to a statement released from the city of Hickory.

Hickory Police Department said copper and other materials valued at $3,931.25 were stolen from the demolition sites and taken to scrap metal processor Mountain Recycling in Hickory.

Groups donate to Zahra playground

March 24, 2011

Fundraising efforts are up and running to purchase playground equipment in honor of murdered 10-year-old Zahra Baker.

Catawba County Kiwanis Clubs announced plans in February to create a playground where disabled children, like Zahra, can play with their able-bodied peers.

More than a month into the campaign, Kiwanians have raised about $3,100 of the $85,000 needed to create an addition to the current Kiwanis Park on Sixth Street Southeast in Hickory.

Pottery in the Valley

March 24, 2011

    Although Tammy Leigh Brooks worked alone for the past nine years in her pottery studio, she enjoys teaching students how to throw pots.
    Brooks teaches at The Catawba Valley Potter's Workshop, Catawba Valley Community College's pottery school.
    “It was a lot to get used to at first, what with all the procedural things, but the students are a dream and make it a lot of fun," she said. “I am committed to them making good pots."

Pottery in the Valley

March 24, 2011

    Although Tammy Leigh Brooks worked alone for the past nine years in her pottery studio, she enjoys teaching students how to throw pots.
    Brooks teaches at The Catawba Valley Potter's Workshop, Catawba Valley Community College's pottery school.
    “It was a lot to get used to at first, what with all the procedural things, but the students are a dream and make it a lot of fun," she said. “I am committed to them making good pots."

March 23rd

Red Devils battle weather, top Blue Devils

March 23, 2011

Newton-Conover and Maiden battled in men’s tennis Wednesday, but they also fought the elements.

Wind played havoc for many tennis players, as painful looks of frustration layered the courts at Newton-Conover.

1 dog dead, another loses leg

March 23, 2011

One of the beagles rescued from a dog trainer in Maiden was put to sleep because it was too ill to survive its injuries.

Catawba County Animal Services manager Jay Blatche said Wednesday that a veterinarian euthanized one of the three beagles rushed to a clinic after the animals were found alive among 100 dead dogs in a dog kennel and training facility on H.E. Propst Road.

"It was very ill," Blatche said of the euthanized animal. "The vets couldn't really determine what was wrong."

Family prepares for Japan trip

March 23, 2011

Carol and John de Perczel received a call at 3 a.m. March 11 alerting them to a massive earthquake in Japan.

For the de Perczel family, of Hickory, their thoughts went immediately to their 29-year-old son, John Forrest, who teaches English in Yokohama, Japan.

"We just really felt he was OK for some reason," Carol said. "We felt at peace."

Several hours later, Carol and John received an email from John Forrest's cell phone telling his parents he was OK. By 10 a.m. that day, they were talking to him on a video-chat program, Skype.

Mayors serve county's elderly

March 23, 2011

Essie Reinhardt celebrated her 99th birthday with the friends she has made at the Senior's Morning Out program in Newton.

She travels from her Newton home to First Presbyterian Church on North Main Avenue to exercise, socialize and celebrate her long life.

Reinhardt is one of hundreds of senior citizens in Catawba County who rely on senior nutrition programs for food, fellowship and daily activities.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 23, 2011

Carrell David Sigmon, 36, Maiden, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his residence. The funeral service will be held Friday, March 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden with the Rev. Nathaniel Austin officiating.
 

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