Archive - May 2012 - News Article
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.
A Newton business owner received a national health award from the Office of the President.
Sharon Rashidi, owner of The Perfect Workout in Newton, was one of 47 individuals and health groups selected nationwide for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s Community Leadership Award.
The city of Hickory plans to hike its water and sewer rates 3 percent and maintain its current 50-cent property tax rate in the coming fiscal year.
Hickory’s fiscal year 2012-13 recommended budget totals $94,791,213 for all city operations, capital improvements and debt service requirements for the upcoming year, according to a press release from the city.
For the second straight year, Conover residents may pay more for water.
The city’s recommended budget passes along a 3 percent water rate increase to citizens.
City leaders say they can’t afford to absorb the increase, which is being requested by the city of Hickory, said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan.
Three people were transported to hospitals Wednesday morning after a three-vehicle wreck on westbound Interstate 40 near Claremont.
Authorities say most of the injuries were not life-threatening.
The collision happened in a construction area near exit 135.
A proposed $38.8 million budget in Newton raises garbage fees $36 per year and increases power rates 6.4 percent for all customers of the city's electric system.
Property tax rates in the city will remain unchanged at 48 cents per $100 valuation.