Brad Tompkins may be the best kept secret in Catawba County.
Tompkins works for the city of Newton as tree trimmer. His job is not what makes him special, though. Itâs want he creates outside of work that does.
After Tompkins trims trees down, he turns them into works of art. Tompkins uses his chainsaw to sculpt animals such as bears, eagles and frogs.
After receiving rave reviews from all constituents, the âChampions Courseâ at Rock Barn Golf & Spa will return for the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, which is set for Oct. 13-19 in Conover.
Hickory poet Scott Owens was featured on Garrison Keillorâs National Public Radio show, âThe Writerâs Almanacâ on Thursday.
Owensâ poem, âCleaning House,â from his new collection âEye of the Beholderâ was read aloud by Keillor on this daily nationally syndicated radio and online show. Readers can still hear the poem at writersalmanac.publicradio.org.