Sweepstakes parlors, also referred to as Internet cafĂ©s, are plentiful in Catawba County.
Newton has three, Conover has a handful and Hickory has several, too, including the stateâ€™s first parlor.
Area residents may see even more in the near future.
Maidenâ€™s Town Council recently agreed to permit sweepstakes establishments within town limits.
The Zahra Baker All Childrenâ€™s Memorial Playground opens Saturday in Hickory.
Community residents, Hickory city staff and special guests all help dedicate the playground at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kiwanis Park at 805 6th St. SE in Hickory.
Sally Bradshaw's ties to the Fred T. Foard community stretch nearly 40 years.
She plans to retire June 30 after nearly a decade as principal at the school.
Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger, who also retires June 30, said the system will fill the open Foard principal position by July 1.
The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar cost-cutting plan that will close nearly 250 mail processing centers, including its Hickory facility.
Conover plans to pass along a water rate increase to city customers. For the average water consumer, budget proposal will mean a $3 increase annually.
Maiden and Claremont plan to absorb the water rate increase issued by the city of Hickory.
More details from Conoverâ€™s proposed budget are in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.