Archive - Nov 29, 2011 - News Article
This photo of an Allen's hummingbird at Riverbend Park is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
The hummingbird, only the second ever recorded in North Carolina, first visited the park Nov. 18.
The adult male bird has a rusty-colored head, back and sides; metallic green on his back; and a bright orange-red throat.
The photo was taken by Western Carolina University student Michael McCloy and provided by Catawba County.
County officials are asking the state to review how it governs public possession of lions, tigers and other exotic animals.
North Carolina is one of eight states that do not regulate the possession of exotic animals. State law, rather, entitles county and municipal governments to handle the issue â€” something officials say is inconsistent and could cause safety issues in an emergency.
County officials say a new library in the Sherrills Ford area will help satisfy the communityâ€™s growing population and needs.
Catawba County has hired an architect to design a new county library in the Sherrills Ford area.
Officials have budgeted $2.9 million over the past several years for the building that will more than triple the space of the current branch in Sherrills Ford, said Dewey Harris, assistant Catawba County manager.
Holiday shoppers will enjoy entertainment, gift and decorating ideas and more Friday through Sunday at the second annual Christmas in the Valley in Hickory.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
RALEIGH â€” A North Carolina economic development panel has approved an incentives deal worth more than $22 million to bring the global headquarters of banana giant Chiquita Brands International from Cincinnati to Charlotte.
The state Economic Investment Committee voted Tuesday to approve the deal, which includes more than $20 million in state incentives and more than $2 million from local government to bring at least 375 high-paying jobs to North Carolina by 2014.
Thereâ€™s a new emerging threat to education in Catawba County, and it has little to do with teacher lay-offs, school calendars or school system consolidation. Instead, this growing threat impacts students' ability to learn, educators' ability to teach, and law enforcementâ€™s ability to provide security.