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Cutest pet wanted

January 5, 2011

The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook want to see your cute pet.
If you think your pet is the cutest in Catawba County, send in a picture, and we will publish it in our annual Pet Parade cutest pet contest.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 12.
E-mail entries to onenews@observernewsonline.com or bring them by the office at 309 N. College Ave. in Newton.
Be sure to include your name and your pet's name; contact information, including address and phone number (which will not be published); and your pet's photo.

Conover Station goes live

January 5, 2011

Even though Conover Station isn't open, its website is up and running for the community to see the ins and outs of the city's brainchild.

Conover Station, located on the old Broyhill site in the heart of Conover, has a website that was published live Tuesday. A representative from a marketing firm in Morganton presented the website to city council members during their scheduled monthly meeting.

City applies for park grant

January 5, 2011

Claremont will apply for a grant worth more than $130,000 to improve and expand the city's Francis Sigman Park.

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant will pay for up to $140,281 for improvements to the park, if the city's application is accepted.

Henry Helton, who is in charge of the Claremont's public relations, presented possible expansion and improvement ideas to City Council on Monday at its regularly scheduled meeting.

"We've got this facility," Helton said. "Let's use it to the fullest capacity."

4th grader wins CCS bee

January 5, 2011

Catawba County Schools has a new way to spell winner: K-a-m-i-n-s-k-i.
Blackburn Elementary School fourth-grader Brandon Kaminski, 9, won the system's 2010-11 district spelling bee, which was held Wednesday at Maiden High School.

Kaminski out-spelled 20 students from the county's elementary and middle schools. Every student participating in Wednesday's bee was the winner of their respective school's spelling bee.

"I just really like (spelling), because it gives me the opportunity to do something that no one else in my school has done recently," Kaminski said.

Council approves Pierre incentives

January 5, 2011

Claremont City Council approved incentives aimed at the creation and retention of jobs in the city and surrounding area.

Council members unanimously accepted economic incentives with Advance Pierre Foods on Monday at Claremont's monthly council meeting.

The agreement provides tax incentives equal to 80 percent reduction in property taxes during the next five years and comes with the stipulation that Advance Pierre Foods must create and keep 500 new jobs at the company's Claremont production facility.

Saarstedt to create 20 new jobs

January 5, 2011

Newton to deliver incentives in exchange for $14.2 million expansion project, job creation

Saarstedt investment: $14.2 million
Newton incentive grants: $228K
Incentive amount per job created: $11,418 or $11K+

During the next five years, Newton will provide up to $228,366 in economic grant incentives to Saarstedt Inc., as the supplier of medical instruments and disposables plans to create 20 new jobs.

"Saarstedt is one of our most valuable corporate citizens," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "Hopefully this will be a boost for us for the coming year."

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