July 22nd, 2011
Hickory native and current University of Texas menâ€™s basketball coach Rick Barnes was at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne, on Thursday and Friday for his annual basketball camp.
Barnes is a three-time Big 12 coach of the year (1999, 2003, 2008) and has guided the Longhorns to three Big 12 championships (1999, 2006, 2008) and 13 NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final Four appearance in 2003.
Barnes owns a career head coaching record of 524-257 as the coach for Texas (1999-present), Clemson (1995-1998), Providence (1989-1994) and George Mason (1988). He graduated from L-R in 1977.
â€¨â€¨About 40 children gathered in a Newton churchâ€™s kitchen Thursday. They sat around three fold-up tables and were ready to eat lunch â€” their chatter steady as their left and right feet tapped the tiled floor repeatedly.â€¨The room was dim, and the only light came from a few glimmering rays diving through the buildingâ€™s original glass windows.
Kang Her, 76, of Claremont, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Burial will be Monday, July 25, 2011, following the services at the funeral home, in Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory.
John Marvin Walker, 79, of Hickory, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Walker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
Nine Catawba County schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress standards set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act. And officials offer praise to the schools that did make the AYP, even if they feel it's not acceptable testing.
"One child in a subgroup can hold you back," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
With about 40 students in each subgroup, Barger said he does not think the AYP results are an appropriate way to rate school systems.
County commissioners recently approved a fund transfer that will help pay for a $30 million public safety expansion project.Â â€¨Commissioners appropriated $1,555,455 to the countyâ€™s justice and public safety center expansion project that started about three years ago.
The expansion project will give the justice center more courtrooms and revitalize a 911 communications center that is in need of restoration, said Rodney Miller, Catawba County finance director over facilities.Â
Greensboroâ€™s win over Hickory on the diamond Wednesday was as easy as 1-2-3.
The Grasshoppers (13-13, 53-43) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-4 win over the Crawdads (17-9, 57-37).
Hickory first basemen Andrew Clark, the reigning South Atlantic League player of the week, continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 in the game to raise his batting average to .307.
Wilbur Hayden Ennis, 86, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Ennis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
After nearly five years in business, The Artist's Cafe will permanently close its doors in downtown Newton. The restaurant's closure will impact 20 employees when the business officially ceases operation on Saturday.
"I never wanted to leave this town. I put five years into this business," said The Artist's Cafe owner Louis Demarhos, adding the decision is heart-breaking. "We made a lot of great friends here."
Hundreds of area citizens are crowding into Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s registration offices this week to sign up for classes for the coming fall semester.
Enrollment at the community college has steadily increased during the past several years, with administrators seeing about a 24 percent increase since 2007. But the same way attendance has grown, funding from the state has shrunk, putting school leaders in a bind to produce more resources with less cash.
In the last fiscal year, worldwide conglomerates, like Apple Inc., have made million-dollar investments in Catawba County municipalities. In that same time, homegrown companies, like Lee Industries and Dalco Nonwovens, announced and enacted planned growth to their businesses â€” bringing more jobs and revenue to the local and county governments.
In total, the county saw about $47.5 million invested and 800 jobs created during the 2010-11 fiscal year.