Archive - Apr 6, 2012 - News Article
Classes this week will inform citizens who want to add members to their families and those who want to learn more about their ancestors.
Family Builders of Catawba Valley invites prospective foster and adoptive parents to a Tuesday information session, and the Catawba County Library System will begin a series of genealogy workshops Saturday.
Down U.S. 70 East, just a few miles southeast of Hickory, lies a close-knit community of about 3,000 people.
Claremont, most Catawba County natives say, is an old-fashioned farming and manufacturing town â€” one that has a similar history to the areaâ€™s handful of municipalities that stretches back to the late 1800s.
After being formally founded earlier this year, Claremont's Russell and Mary Boggs Center for the Arts has some big ideas for the coming weeks and months.
Some of those include:
* Inaugural Gallery Walk in Claremont â€“ April 20, 5-8 p.m.
Nick Bazzle said he knew it was time.
"The whole time I have been a coach, I've had coaches around me that have been older, and when it was time for them to leave or retire, I asked them over and over again, 'How do you know when it is time to leave?'" he said. "They always give the same answer: You'll just know."
Conover business owners have mixed concerns about a new tax system that will increase costs for many retail establishments in the city.
Those concerns include worries about how the increased costs will burden small retail businesses, cause those businesses to pass on costs to customers, force some to close their doors and discourage others from locating in the city.
A scholarship is being established in the name of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl who was murdered and dismembered in 2010.
The Kiwanis Clubs of Catawba County are planning to use money left over from a playground honoring Zahra Baker to fund a scholarship in her name.
The scholarship will be available to disabled area high school seniors who choose to pursue college education.
The N.C. Department of TransportationÂ awarded $6.2 million this week for the replacement of six bridges in the region, including two in Catawba County.
A design and construction contract was awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Company Inc. of Statesville. Work can begin as early as April 30 and be completed by Nov. 1, 2014.
Claremontâ€™s Ray Ball sometimes spends up to 60 hours a week working for Claremont Fire Department, but he never gets a paycheck. Read more about the military veteran and dedicated volunteer's service to his hometown in the Friday edition of The O-N-E.