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September 8th

Claremont, Optimist talking again

September 8, 2011

Sometimes it takes extreme measures to create change.
After a “harsh” letter and a heated public discussion, Claremont’s city council and Optimist Club are once again communicating.

It has been four years since Claremont officials have heard from the club they have invested more than $200,000 in, but a clear-cut letter from city leaders finally drew some public discourse that has “re-opened” the lines of communication between the two groups.

The Claremont Optimist Club leases land at Frances Sigmon Park on Keisler Dairy Road for recreational leagues and activities for children.

September 7th

Tourism engines

September 7, 2011

These aren’t your granddad’s train sets.

The nation’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 commits money for job development

September 7, 2011

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.

Newton's downtown is "hot"

September 7, 2011

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.

Five vehicles involved in N.C. 16 wreck

September 7, 2011

A woman was flown by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her Oldsmobile hit a Catawba County Schools bus and three other vehicles on N.C. 16.

No children were on the bus at the time of the wreck. The crash, which happened near the entrance to Nancy and Udean Burke Christian Tours, caused traffic to back up in both directions for more than an hour and a half.

September 6th

No space for state prisoners

September 6, 2011

North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a “burden” and complicate years of “good planning.”

During this year’s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.

Family gives Claremont building new life

September 6, 2011

A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.

The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.

Adam Baker’s attorney wants case moved

September 6, 2011

Adam Baker’s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his client’s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.

Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-old  girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.

On Tuesday, Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

September 5th

USPS closing Conover facility

September 5, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service is closing its mail processing and distribution operations in Catawba County. The Conover facility currently employs nearly 200 people.

"If I want to send you a postcard (to Newton), this means it will now have to go to Greensboro first," said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. "This news is not only disappointing to Conover, but to the entire region. ... Our region has been impacted with enough jobs (lost). This is just another blow on our economy."

Final taste of the fair


September 5, 2011

Don’t rain on my parade – or fair.


Persistent rain and storms hurt attendance numbers at this year’s Hickory American Legion Fair, event organizers said Monday. The five-day fair, which usually draws thousands of Catawba County fairgoers each year, did not have as many patrons roaming its many avenues this year due to bad weather.

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