Archive - Jun 2012 - News Article
A Catawba County program that feeds students and families in need received national accolades for its service to the community.
The Backpack Program for Children is one of two county programs to receive 2012 National Association of Counties Achievement Award honors. The countyâ€™s Green Vendor Fair was also named as a winner.
Maiden leaders officially broke ground Sunday on a new government building expected to cost the town about $2.1 million.
Several dozen citizens attended a ceremony to celebrate a new 14,000-square-foot town hall that Maiden leaders say should be complete in the next year.
The new facility on Main Avenue will be about four times larger than Maiden's current town hall.
The state announced it will spend $3.7 million to repair a dozen bridges in the region, including four in Catawba County.
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a contract to Lanford Brothers Company Inc. of Roanoke, Va., for bridge maintenance slated to begin in summer 2013.
The following bridges in Catawba County were approved for repairs:
The Fred T. Foard softball team finished one win short of a state title.
The Lady Tigers fell 7-2 Sunday afternoon to C.B. Aycock in the third and deciding game of the 3A state championship series.
Foard won game one Saturday, 1-0, in extra innings before dropping the next two games in the series, including a 4-3 defeat in game two.
Catawba County high school graduates and their families celebrate with commencement ceremonies this week.
Bandys High School kicks off a string of graduation ceremonies with its gathering Thursday at Catawba Valley Community College.
For a complete graduation schedule, and for other events happening in Catawba County this week, see the list below.
Nearly every plant at First Methodist Church’s Memorial Garden in Newton has a story behind it.
Gail and Norris McRee have planted most of those memories.
The McRees, who have been married for 52 years, are largely responsible for starting the church’s memorial garden and celebration area, which is located just off Main Avenue in Newton.
The following citizens were convicted of felony crimes this week in Superior Court in Catawba County.
* Joshua Alan Buchanan, 28, of Hickory, was convicted of felony trafficking of opium or heroin, five counts of felony breaking or entering, felony possession of stolen goods and habitual felon status. He was sentenced to 208-268 months in the Division of Adult Correction.
Filing begins Monday for three seats on the Catawba County Schools Board of Education.
Seats up for election include those currently held by board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer and board members Stephen Hilton and Marilyn McRee.
Spencer and Hilton are completing their second terms on the board, while McRee is closing out her first term.
Conover citizens get one final chance to voice their opinions on the city's proposed budget for the coming year.
The city invites citizens to speak Monday night at a public forum that preludes Conover City Council's vote on approval of a 2012-13 fiscal year budget.
Tweaks to Newton's proposed $38 million budget trimmed an electric rate hike slightly, reduced a pay raise for city workers and modified those workers' health insurance benefits.
All total, elected officials' changes to Newton City Manager Todd Clark's proposed budget cut the Fiscal Year 2012-13 spending plan by $306,400 to about $38.5 million.