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SSHS to get $1.4M kitchen renovation

December 20, 2010

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.

Pets killed in mobile home fire

December 20, 2010

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.

Thread trail master plan approved

December 20, 2010

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.

Boards oppose ABC privatization

December 20, 2010

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.

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