February 22nd, 2011
An increasing cost of doing business coupled with decreasing town revenues caused Catawba leaders to rethink the way the town operates for the upcoming fiscal year.
Catawba hasn't seen revenues exceed expenditures since 2007, leaving the town with a budget trending toward a $200,000 gap between revenues and expenses.
That gap won't be closed in one year, town manager Brian Barnett told Catawba Town Council during a budget workshop Feb. 15. The town, however, can start closing the gap year by year with reduced operating and capital costs.
For years, a Claremont businessman owned A. Klein & Co. and manufactured iconic heart-shaped boxes for candy and other gifts.
The company has since ceased production, but that hasn't stopped Jesse Salwen from creating other things that make people smile.
Salwen, of Claremont, started taking photographs in the 1940s with a Brownie Box camera. Photography has changed a lot since then, but 73-year-old Salwen's love for capturing images on film hasn't.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back.
Bandys advanced to the district round of the NCHSAA playoffs with an impressive win over Smoky Mountain on Monday.
The win was the first since the Lady Trojans won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference tournament last week.
Bandys coach Beth Queen thought one of the keys to the game was Bandys' experience against Smoky Mountain's inexperience.
Newton-Conover bounced back from a loss to Bandys last week in the CVAC tournament and took their frustrations out on Starmount.
The Lady Red Devils (22-3) overcame a 9-2 deficit early in game and exploded in the second quarter on their way to a huge first round playoff win over the Lady Rams.
Newton-Conover coach Jonathan Tharpe expected nothing less of his team despite the difficult loss on Friday.
Undetermined homicidal violence killed the 10-year-old disabled girl from Hickory who used hearing aids and wore a prosthetic leg to walk.
A recently released autopsy performed Nov. 12 at Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill revealed Zahra Baker died from unknown violent injuries before her body was dismembered by at least two different cutting instruments.
Caiden Edward Higgs, infant, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem. A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in the Garden of Angels section of Startown/Jenkins Cemetery.
Ida Catherine Nowak, 79, of Hickory, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. No services are planned at this time.
Editor's note: For complete details from this story, including reporting on autopsy reports and a timeline of events for investigations conducted by departments of social services in Caldwell and Catawba counties, be sure to see the Tuesday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise.
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) â€” More than four months after a 10-year-old disabled girl disappeared, her jailed stepmother was charged with murdering her with the indictment coming the same day authorities revealed that they haven't been able to find the dismembered girl's head.
The first round playoff pairings for Monday's games were released on Saturday.
Among those teams hosting home games are two girls' basketball teams, including CVAC regular season champion Newton-Conover and CVAC tournament champion Bandys.
The Lady Red Devils (21-3) will try to rebound from a tough loss to the Trojans in the conference tournament championship game on Friday. They host Starmount (10-12), the No. 3 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference.
It took the Trojans three times, but they finally got the monkey off of their back.
Tara Potter scored 15 points, including 11 in the second half, and fellow senior Katie Carpenter came up with some crucial second half plays, as Bandys overcame a four-point halftime deficit to win the CVAC tournament over Newton-Conover.
Walter Ellis knows a lot about black history.
That's not because he studied it in school or perused endless history textbooks.
It's because he lived black history.
Ellis, 88, is a lifelong resident of Catawba County. He's seen the area go through many changes during his lifetime, and he celebrates Black History Month as a way to commemorate those changes and look forward to a future where people have the same opportunities â€” regardless of the color of their skin.