Archive - May 2011 - News Article
What better way to experience the annual Music and Mud festival than to get a little muddy?
Outlaw Pottery School, Gallery and Supply in Hickory will once again have a booth set up at the festival Saturday to let event-goers create their own piece of Raku pottery.
Rosalie De Fini Outlaw, who owns the studio with her husband, Jason, said they offered the Raku pottery at last year's festival, and she said it was an activity everyone enjoyed.
A Maiden man is fighting for his life after a chemical explosion left his lungs, throat and body burned last week.
Jeff Walker, 43, was airlifted to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Burn Center on Wednesday after a mixture of pool chemicals exploded outside his brother's residence at 709 W. School St. in Maiden.
Walker, who works for the town of Maiden's water and sewer department, is on life support and in critical condition, family members said Monday.
About five St. Stephens High School students were allegedly involved in an attempted armed robbery Wednesday.
Hickory Police are investigating an incident, where a 17-year-old victim said he was forced into a silver Volkswagon Jetta, pistol whipped and later drug from the vehicle. The victim said the incident started at a house on 37th Avenue Northeast on Wednesday.
The victim to Hickory Police that when he was able to be released from the vehicle, he got into another car and attempted to follow the Jetta.
Maiden residents could likely see a drop in their property tax rate for the next fiscal year.
If passed by town officials, the proposed tax break will save town residents nearly $80,000 and can be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County.
Though the town of Maiden will lose revenue with the cut, town officials feel that money would be better left in taxpayersâ€™ pockets.
â€śUnlike other towns, weâ€™ve had some great economic news,â€ť said Todd Herms, Maiden town manager. â€śThe council though it was right to only tax to the level that was needed.â€ť
Taxes may not be increasing in Conover, but city residents could see an increase in their water, sewer and landfill expenses.
â€śWeâ€™ve seen a huge increase in costs,â€ť said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr., adding most of the increase is coming in energy costs.
â€śWhen fuel costs go up, everything goes up.â€ť
The people are what makes Michael Reno thrive on stage.
Reno, a storyteller and musician, said being on stage and interacting with an audience is where his material starts.
"The audiences are the reason I keep going," Reno said. "People liked to be talked to and told stories."
That's why Reno chose to participate in the second annual Music and Mud event May 21 at the Newton-Conover Auditorium in Newton. Reno participated in the event's first year, and he's has been traveling the United States and Europe for more than 40 years telling stories and singing music.
The Catawba Valley Community Chorus scheduled for Friday at Episcopal Church of Epiphany in Newton was canceled due to a death in the director's family.
A concert will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive in Hickory.
Derek Chase's love for nature took him to science, but his desire to teach others got him the honors of being Catawba County Schools' 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.
Chase, a science teacher at Bunker Hill High School, received top honors during a ceremony at Newton Expo on Thursday.
"I am surprised and honored by this (award)," Chase said. "It's a privilege to be a teacher in Catawba County."
Chase said being a teacher is more than helping students learn. He said it's about being a mentor and encouraging students to make the right decision.
Authorities will not charge neither the suspect nor the victim in a domestic shooting case that occurred Wednesday near the Burke County Line in Hickory.
Capt. Joel Fish, of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, said the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office to let them make a decision on whether charges will be filed.
Kay Webster's candle ignited to the sound of a six-gun salute.
Slowly leaning toward her neighbor's shoulder, she passed the tiny flame on throughout the crowd, creating a mild orange glow beneath the barely-shining stars Wednesday.
She bowed her head and silently prayed for different police officers who died in the line of duty.
"It's like when they go, they are forgotten, and it shouldn't be like that," Webster said. "I don't think people realize that officers put themselves in the line of duty every day."