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READER POLL: Pick the ideal school superintendent

March 15, 2012

Catawba County Schools will employ a new superintendent in the next several months. What trait would you most like the new administrative leader to possess?

Vote now at observernewsonline.com.

The CCS Board of Education met this week to review and discuss the results of a community survey that solicited input about the system's next superintendent.

For more about the surveys:
http://observernewsonline.com/content/county-seeks-communicator-lead-sch...

Forum reveals mixed economic outlook

March 15, 2012

After a gloomy economic climate has prevailed in the Hickory Metro during the past several years, glimmers of hope are emerging in the region's outlook.

"How do you get ranked eighth worst metro in America to find a job," Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President Danny Hearn said of a recent list published by U.S. News and World Report, "and we wake up this morning and we are ranked the ninth best metro in America for economic development announcements."

Hickory murderer sentenced

March 15, 2012

A Hickory man will spend at least 15 years in prison for the 2009 bludgeoning murder of a 70-year-old man at an assisted living center.

On Thursday, Dennis Edward Scherzer pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Roland Simmons at Hickory's Walden Assisted Living Center.

The murder occurred in July 2009, when Hickory Police Department investigators found Simmons unconscious with severe head trauma.

Hickory police said Scherzer, another Walden House resident, beat Simmons in the head with a steel pipe.

Church burglar captured

March 15, 2012

A Newton man is in jail after breaking into a local church, several vehicles and leading police on a foot chase.

Police say a citizen called police about 2:30 a.m. Thursday after seeing a suspicious man checking for unlocked car doors near 11th Street and North Gaither Avenue in Newton.

When police arrived moments later, the suspect fled. Newton Police Chief Don Brown said a chase ended when the suspect fell down a large drainage ditch, injuring himself.

Hickory region a national leader in economic development

March 15, 2012

After being ranked as one of the worst places to find a job two months ago, the Greater Hickory area has notched another top 10 ranking.

This time, it’s good news.

The Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir metro area ranked as one of the top 10 areas in the nation for economic development in a recent report in Site Selection magazine.

The region ranked as the No. 9 performing metro area in the nation in announced economic development projects in the category of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 1 million people, according to the report.

The O-N-E morning read: Thursday, March 15

March 15, 2012

More than 800 citizens shared their preferences for the next Catawba County Schools (CCS) superintendent, and the surveys reveal that the public and school personnel want a strong communicator with financial skills and administrative experience.

The CCS Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the results of a survey of what characteristics community members would like the next school superintendent to possess.

Read more about the survey results in Thursday's O-N-E.

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