These arenâ€™t your granddadâ€™s train sets.
The nationâ€™s top train and landscape modelers are descending on Hickory this weekend for the 31st annual National Narrow Gauge Convention.
Event planners say the convention will bring more than 2,000 people to the Hickory area, and four area hotels are already full.
It is the first time the annual convention has been held in the southeast and world-renowned modelers will have large- and small-scale layouts for the public to view, said Matt Bumgarner, secretary of the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
Conover moved forward this week with financial commitments that may help create nearly 100 new jobs in the next several years. In exchange, the city will spend up to $181,000 of its money and a $750,000 grant on economic development projects at LEE Industries Inc. and Dalco Nonwovens.
City of Newton offers free wireless Internet access in downtown area, public parks and city facilities.
Breakout box: Access City of Newton Free: Anyone using a computer or smart phone that has a wireless Internet adapter can access the network. Users must first acknowledge the city's Internet policy, then Internet access is free. The network is a secure network.
The city of Newton is getting hot, hot, hot.
Jacobs Fork Park is a hotspot, and so is the city pool. City hall is hot, and, in fact, the downtown Newton business district is one of the hottest spots in the city.