Archive - Mar 23, 2012 - News Article
Community support events abound this week in Catawba County.
Events include fundraisers for a variety of organizations and residents.
On Saturday and Sunday, several organizations will sponsor Easter egg hunts.
For more details on these and other events, read on. For updated events information throughout the week, pick up the print edition of The O-N-E.
The Newton-Conover Community concert and jazz bands will perform a free show at Newton-Conover Auditorium at 3 p.m.
Over the past 15 years, the Catawba Valley Pottery and Antiques Festival has turned into quite a show.
Vendors and visitors alike say itâ€™s a â€śbig dealâ€ť â€” one that drew out dozens of ticketholders nearly 10 hours before the doors to the Hickory Metro Convention Center opened Friday night.
Dr. Allen Huffman, the festivalâ€™s founder and director, said at least eight people waited in camper chairs for entry to the 7 p.m. gala show when he arrived early Friday morning.
â€śEveryone wants to get in, find their favorite potter and get it before anyone else does,â€ť Huffman said.
Absentee voting for the May primary election is in full swing, and the deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching.
Citizens have until April 13 at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the May 8 primary election.
The absentee voting process for the primary began March 9, and the last day to issue or mail absentee applications is May 1, according to dates released by the Catawba County Board of Elections.
The St. Stephens community will support three high school students with cancer at a fundraising event, "Saint Strong," on March 31.
Three seniors â€” Evan Ford, Courtney Cook and Brandon Grant â€” are battling cancer.
For their stories and details about the Saint Strong event, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of The O-N-E.
Beginning Sunday, a Conover section of Interstate 40 East will close each night during replacement of an overpass.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close I-40 from exits 130-132 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly as crews replace the N.C. 16 Business bridge over the interstate.
During the interstate closures, drivers will detour onto U.S. 70 to Rock Barn Road and back to I-40.
Closures are expected to continue until April 5.
The $3.1 million bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.
Citizens are going to war against litter, and Keep Catawba County Beautiful is delivering unique messages as a reminder of how trash affects area roadsides.
Look for details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E and clever signs throughout Conover.
In Newton, city leaders have dedicated $100,000 in the budget for the year ahead to create engineering plans for a new fire department headquarters.
What other capital improvements will receive Newton investments in the year ahead, and how will they affect the property tax rate? Details in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.