The elderly population represents about 13 percent of United States residents.
That 13 percent translates to about one in eight Americans, according to the Administration on Aging.
Of the elderly population, millions of people live in nursing homes or are confined to their residences because of serious illnesses or disabilities.
But thanks to area agencies, senior citizens living in Catawba County can enjoy the comforts of the holiday season.
A fire was reported Tuesday at a manufacturing facility in Conover.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company at 9:51 a.m., according to the Conover Fire Department.
The fire, which occurred in the building's manufacturing area called the "carousel," was extinguished before firefighters arrived. The scene was under control at 10:04 a.m., and Conover firefighters used the building's ventilation system to remove any remaining smoke from the building.
No one was injured.
CHARLOTTE â€“ Before the start of their game Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers took time to honor a group of high school football players from across the Carolinas.
Newton-Conover lineman Mikey Comer was among them.
Comer was at the stadium Sunday before kickoff on a stage in the west end of the field. His name was called over the public address system and his face on the giant screen as one of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ Community Captains.
St. Stephens High School will receive an upgraded kitchen and lunchroom, thanks to leftover funds from previous projects.
SSHS' kitchen and lunchroom are part of the school's original construction dating back to 1963, according to Catawba County Schools interim superintendent Glenn Barger.
The renovated lunchroom is expected to seat at least 444 students at a time. However, the CCS Board of Education opted to add a future seating area to their plan as an alternate for bidders. The potential area can add 120 more seats, equaling 564 seats for students in the lunchroom.
Several animals died Monday after a mobile home fire in Hickory.
A cat, a female dog and her five puppies died in the blaze at 512 10th Street SW in lot 8. No other injuries were reported.
Hickory Fire Department responded to the scene at 1:16 p.m., and firefighters found flames coming from the front of the structure.
They responded to the scene with two engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. The fire was under control at 1:43 p.m.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a master plan for a diverse collection of trails in the county and surrounding areas.
The approval qualifies Catawba County for future grant funding in the design, acquisition and construction of the master plan.
Catawba County senior planner Mary George and thread trail community coordinator Randi Gates presented the master plan to the Board of
Commissioners at its meeting Monday in the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
The master plan contains nine priority segments and includes six routes in Catawba County.
Carol Ann Kirksey, 68, of Maiden, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro. The Kirksey family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
How liquor is sold in North Carolina could change in light of recent discussions about privatization of the state's Alcoholic Beverage and Control system.
Privatization, however, won't happen if area governance boards have their way.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to support the continuance of the current ABC system, and it opposed efforts to privatize the system.
The final home game of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolinaâ€™s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizonaâ€™s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory â€“ his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthersâ€™ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
â€śYouâ€™re supposed to win games,â€ť Clausen said. â€śThis was big for us going into the next two games and next year.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s girls varsity team improved to 2-0 in conference play Friday night, with a 59-47 win over Bandys.
The Trojans took an early 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter and take the momentum.
â€śWe talked about coming out and going right at them,â€ť said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. â€śWe knew we had to come out and be aggressive and match their intensity. Bandys has been scoring a lot of points lately, so it was important we set the tempo.â€ť