Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
Several local officials are running for state office.
Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright filed for the office of N.C. state auditor on Wednesday, the last day of filing for state and local offices.
Wright has served as Hickoryâ€™s mayor since 2001 and was even voted Americaâ€™s best mayor recently in a U.S. contest. Before taking office as mayor, Wright was a CPA for 24 years.
â€śI think that Iâ€™ve got a skill set that would serve you well in the state auditor position. Thatâ€™s why I decided to run for state auditor,â€ť Wright said.
The race for two seats on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners looks to be interesting this fall, as five candidates have filed for office.
Republican incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker will face three new challengers this election season from both the Republican and Democratic parties.
For Catawba County's population, going gray isn't a gradual transition â€” it's becoming a booming shift.
In the past 10 years, the county's population of "Baby Boomers" and those in older generations is growing wildly. Census 2010 data revealed the population of residents ages 55-59 increased almost 36 percent in 10 years.
For those in the 60-64 age bracket the population growth during the past decade has been 62 percent. In the population between ages 65 and 74, the growth has been 28 percent.
This photo of Kaiden, Barry and Xavier McMurtry is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Barry, a U.S. Army soldier, returned from Afghanistan and surprised his sons at Mountain View Elementary, where Kaiden is in kindergarten and Xavier is in second grade.
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African American heritage was in the spotlight Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College.
CVCC celebrated Black History Month with its 10th annual Multicultural Celebration insideâ€™s the college's Tarlton Complex.
The celebration gave students a day-long opportunity to visit Sankofa, an African American Museum on Wheels provided by curator and owner Angela Jennings.
Jennings, of Denmark, S.C., has been collecting historical African American artifacts, photographs and documents for 20-25 years and shares her collection with college-aged students throughout the country.
The Catawba County Schools board approved its 2012-13 local budget and capital project requests Monday night, but those plans are far from finalized.
The county managerâ€™s office will now take those requests, tweak them and present them to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners for approval.
The state, which doesnâ€™t finalize its budget until early summer, could also impose changes that would affect how much money goes where.
â€śIt may be the way we recommended it, or it may be a little different,â€ť said CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger. â€śIt just depends on what happens.â€ť
Election filing for county and state government offices ends at noon today.
Local offices up for election this year include the Catawba County register of deeds and two seats on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
Area voters will also elect three state legislators this year, with two state House representative spots and one state senator position up for re-election.
For information about the requirements to file for these positions, visit catawbacountync.gov/elections.
Pick up Thursday's edition of The O-N-E for a look at who has filed.
Teamwork paid off for the employees of a Hickory food distributor.
A group of 10 employees at Merchants Distributors Inc. won $250,000 in a North Carolina lottery drawing on Friday.
The group calls itself "The MDI 10," and each team member contributes $1 a week to help the group play 10 sets of numbers in Friday lottery drawings.
Gary Baker, a produce and floral buyer for the company, also buys tickets for the group.
Each Friday on his lunch break, he gets a haircut and buys the Mega Millions tickets for that nightâ€™s draw.
Newton Public Works will begin construction today on a sewer main and rehabilitation project set to be completed later this summer.
Public Works officials say the project will replace lines along the 300 block of South College Avenue, the 300 block of South Ashe Avenue and the 500 block of South Cline Avenue in Newton.
Newton Public Works crews, along with subcontractor Ronny Turner Construction Company, will work to replace some 4-inch lines with larger 6-inch lines to provide better quantity and pressure to Newton residents, Martin said.
Ex-NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield faces more felony charges - this time for theft in Caldwell County.
A long-time attorney and former city council candidate was found dead in his Conover home, just months after he was the subject of a N.C. State Bar investigation. Lew Waddell Jr. was an attorney for almost 50 years, and he previously served as government attorney for Catawba County, Catawba and Maiden.
A Hickory High School student is charged with raping a 14-year-old girl during a youth church gathering.