Archive - Apr 25, 2011 - News Article
A plan to address $32.5 million in necessary Newton projects relies on more than $30 million in new debt for the city.
Plans to finance projects included in a proposed Capital Improvement Plan come as the city continues to make payments toward $27.7 million in debt. Yet, even facing the prospect of increasing that debt, the city is still well below state rules for how much debt a city can incur.
A Hickory Police investigator resigned a week after his DWI conviction, following a single-car accident in December.
Officer Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was convicted April 14 on a Level 5 driving while impaired charge in Hickory District Court. Falowski's attorney, Gene Sigmon, filed an appeal in the ruling, which is on its way to the District Attorney's Office for a date in superior court.
Newton City Council is considering a five-year, $32.5 million capital improvement plan that the city manager said will address the city's most pressing needs.
Conover Farmers Market is open and in full swing with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Julie Lehmann, manager of Conover Farmers Market, said Saturday's first day open for the season was off to a good start.
"(Saturday's) shoppers found spring time and were romping around the market," Lehmann said. "They were very excited to be back."
Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management, is hiring for 160 full-time positions at its contact center in Hickory.
Interested candidates from throughout the Catawba County area are invited to attend an on-site Recruitment Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Convergys, 1507 Seventh St. SE. New employees will provide customer service and sales support for a Convergys client in the telecommunications industry.
A Newton woman was car jacked early Sunday morning as she was leaving a Hickory Taco Bell.
Sarah Sherard, 27, was leaving Taco Bell on U.S. 70 SE after eating with friends at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Sherard told Hickory Police that as she was driving toward the parking lot exit, a fight started in the parking lot. Sherard stopped her car and got out to go to the fight.
Sherard said as the fight was almost over, a male walked up to her, pushed her against her car, took her car keys and left the scene in Sherard's 2005 BMW X3.