It all started with a photograph.
Conover resident Don Barker snapped a picture of the 1982 graduating class of Newton-Conover High School sitting at the bleachers in Gurley Stadium.
Fast forward 29 years, and that same picture now appears in the major motion picture, "Leaves of Grass."
The picture is simple enough: seniors smiling and sitting primly together in seven rows. There was something special about the photo, however, and it caught the eye of NCHS graduate Sarah Parker, who works in movie post-production for Leaves production company.
Twenty-five years ago, the country watched in anticipation as seven astronauts prepared to lift off into space.
Seventy-three seconds later, the country watched with horror as those seven lives were lost in a massive explosion on the Challenger space shuttle.
Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, an event that Catawba County residents say is akin to Sept. 11, 2001 or the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
Tax season is under way.
But in light of new rules taking effect this tax season, some residents could be forced to look for new tax preparers.
Internal Revenue Service guidelines mandate more stringent identification of who tax preparers are, making it more difficult for just anyone to file a tax return.
Required preparer identification number