Archive - Dec 10, 2010 - News Article
Gov. Bev Perdue announced sweeping changes to the state government Thursday in an attempt to close the state's projected multibillion-dollar gap in next year's budget.
North Carolina residents already saw cutbacks to health and human services in previous years, leaving officials wondering what will be left in their departments if they're forced to make additional cuts.
"There's a real interconnectedness between what's going on in the economy and how it's affecting the state budget," said Alexandra Forter Sirota, North Carolina Budget and Tax Center director.
A former Republican county commissioner and American patriot died Friday.
David Stewart, 74, of Sherrills Ford, died at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice after an illness.
"I am saddened to hear of David's passing," said Robert E. Hibbitts, of Hickory, former county commission chairman. "Our heartfelt sympathies are sent to his family and many friends."
Hibbitts served with Stewart on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners for Stewart's 16 years on the board. For 10 of those years, Stewart was vice chairman while Hibbitts was board chairman.
Betty Rector's home is every little girl's dream.
From pink-cheeked baby dolls and fashion-forward Barbies to delicate fairies and iconic pop-culture dolls, Rector's house is a veritable doll paradise.
Rector, 75, of Hickory, is the president of the Catawba Valley Doll Club, and she has been a doll collector for about five decades.
Rector and her friend, Joan Ashton, 78, started buying dolls for their daughters more than 50 years ago, and what started as gifts for their children turned into a treasured hobby for themselves.
The holiday season is traditionally a time when children get excited about receiving toys.
But 500 area middle school students learned the gift of giving back when their school collected more than 1,000 toys in honor of Zahra Baker.
River Bend Middle School will donate 1,029 new and gently used stuffed animals to Hickory Police Department's Cops for Tots program and Conover Police Department's Santa Cops.
"Zahra is in a better place now," said Brooke Huffman, a River Bend seventh-grader. "We felt toys were a great way to comfort others who were hurting."