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Breakfast meeting for businesses

April 12, 2011

Claremont business owners are learning about good business practices from the city's most knowledgeable people — each other.

Area business leaders and officials met Tuesday for an informal gathering to discuss economic development opportunities in the community during Claremont's inaugural Business Breakfast.

"I heard, 'Gosh, I wish there was a way businesses could get together and talk,'" said Doug Barrick, Claremont city manager. "It's an economic downturn, so any information they can get today will help."

Tax deadline approaches

April 12, 2011

The deadline for residents to file their taxes looms in less than a week.

Area tax officials and government organizations offer their suggestions to ensure preparing and filing taxes is as easy and stress-free as possible.

-Don't delay
Catawba County accountant Ronald McGee said his business experienced a "title wave" of customers this tax season. He estimated his business increased from 10-15 percent since previous years.

"It's been very busy," he said. "I think it's harder economic times, but I think (customers) are willing to pay for quality."

Adam Baker arrested again

April 12, 2011

The District Attorney's Office says it doesn't appear Zahra Baker's father was involved in the child's death and disappearance, but that doesn't mean he is immune to other criminal charges.

Adam Baker was arrested Tuesday on one count of identity theft and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses after he allegedly falsely obtained utility services from Duke Energy.

These charges are unrelated to the investigation into Zahra's death, according to a press release from Hickory Police Department.

Meal prices increase in schools

April 12, 2011

Students in Newton-Conover City Schools will have to pay a little more for breakfast and lunch meals.

Starting in the 2011-12 school year, breakfast prices will increase 25 cents, while lunch for elementary students increases 20 cents and middle and high school students' lunch prices rise 15 cents. NCCS has not increased meal prices since 2007.

The price increase came after a 4-1 NCCS Board of Education vote Monday, with Chairman Scott Loudermelt opposing. Board member Mark Murphy was not present at the scheduled meeting.

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