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Catawba residents file for state posts

February 29, 2012

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 Hickory’s mayor since 2001 and was even voted America’s best mayor recently in a U.S. contest. Before taking office as mayor, Wright was a CPA for 24 years.

“I think that I’ve got a skill set that would serve you well in the state auditor position. That’s why I decided to run for state auditor,” Wright said.

Five commissioner candidates file

February 29, 2012

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.

SIR focuses on aging population

February 29, 2012

For Catawba County's population, going gray isn't a gradual transition — 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.

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