January 27th, 2011
After receiving almost 140 applications for Newton's vacant city clerk position, the city's manager is paring down the applicant pool in hopes of making a hire next month.
The city clerk position is among a few job openings the city is currently advertising.
Heaven. Prophet. Miracle.
The words alone inspire and uplift.
And when those words are attached to 1,000-pound horses, their ability to do seemingly impossible things only grows.
Heaven, Prophet and Miracle are three therapy horses at Rising Hope Farms in Claremont. The farm specializes in therapeutic riding to help individuals overcome or manage physical disabilities, emotional issues and developmental delays.
The latest group of people to benefit from Rising Hope Farm is men and women serving in the country's armed forces.
George “Joe” Ulan Dellinger, 79, of Conover, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his residence. The Dellinger family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Archibald “Archie” Ruben Barkley, 89, of Maiden, passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Barkley family.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is looking for an unknown suspect who broke into a store and stole cash from a Conover store.
An employee from the Dollar General on N.C. 16 North in Conover arrived at work Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and discovered something wasn't right.
"She came in that morning and noticed the alarm wasn't working," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The employee walked to the store's office area, which was ransacked and covered in muddy footprints. That's when she called the sheriff's office.
June can't come soon enough for one Bunker Hill senior.
Jeremy Null, a 6-foot-7-inch 215-pound pitcher for the Bears, will graduate this spring. However, he will also be looking forward to the month because of the Major League Baseball Draft.
"I am just anxious," Null said. "I want to graduate, but I love high school too. High school has been a blast. It will be a bunch of mixed emotions. I am ready to see what the draft is going to be like."
Students and administrators in Newton-Conover City Schools talked with system officials Monday about the benefits of a middle- and high-school learning program, hoping the initiative won't fall victim to budget cuts during the system's upcoming budgeting process.
Newton-Conover middle and high school principals Jim Elliott and Kevin Campbell, as well as students involved in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, spoke with the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education about the program's value during the board's Monday night meeting.
During fiscal year 2009-10, companies announced investments in Catawba County totaling more than $1 billion.
Those investments amount to 1,495 new jobs and 702 officially retained jobs, according to a recent publication from the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.
EDC president Scott Millar said the county accomplished a lot in the previous fiscal year, but there's still a lot to be done before confidence returns completely to the area.
Two Hickory men face gun and drug charges after Lincoln County sheriff's deputies stopped the men for speeding.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement unit was conducting traffic surveillance on U.S. 321 in Lincolnton about 4 p.m. Friday.
Officers saw a burgundy Ford Excursion traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies stopped the Ford Excursion, which had Virginia license plates, at mile marker 25. Five people were in the vehicle at the time.
Catawba County participated in a homeless count Wednesday to determine the number of people living day-to-day on area streets.
Troy Jones, 47, of Hickory, is one of those people. He has been homeless for about nine months after he lost his landscaping job.
"It hit me hard," Jones said. "I couldn't pay my rent."
Jones was one of many people who came to be counted Wednesday at Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, one of five counting locations throughout Catawba County.
Sadie Crisp Whisenant, 93, of Maiden, passed away Jan. 25, 2011, at Hospice of Catawba Valley. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Maiden.
Donald Robert Colonomos, 73, of Maiden, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical in Hickory. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, at Burke Mortuary Chapel from 2-2:45 p.m.