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September 2nd, 2011

SCV seeks help for memorials

September 2, 2011

Area Sons of Confederate Veterans want to memorialize two fallen soldiers, but they say more help is needed to make the project a reality.

Members of the C.F. Connor Camp No. 849, SCV, are planning to build grave stone enclosures and memorial stones for two Confederate Soldiers from Conover that currently have no marker.

The soldiers’ wives are buried at Sipe’s Orchard Home in Conover, where the SCV plan to erect the memorial stones.

Conover officials meet with regional leaders

September 2, 2011

Two mayors are smarter than one. Many mayors working on the same challenges is even better.

That’s what the Conover mayor and mayor pro-tem are saying after meeting with regional municipal leaders Wednesday to identify universal concerns, challenges and goals around the piedmont.

Conover Mayor Lee Moritz, Jr. and Mayor Pro-tem Kyle Hayman helped leaders identify eco-development, infrastructure and sustainability as three “key” issues that will challenge the region in coming years.

Off-campus threats

September 2, 2011

As the prevalence of social media continues to grow in schools, age-old problems of name-calling, bullying and harassment have flourished on a whole new level.

"Once Facebook came in and became the social network of all the teens, I guess the kids think they can go on there and say anything they want to, even if they are not saying it out loud to other people," said Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger. "They think they can say anything they want to, and it often hurts people's feelings or causes conflict."

August 31st

Making the Midway

August 31, 2011

It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.

Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high “ride,” and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing “Himalaya” tilt-a-whirl.

The fair is back.

However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fair’s many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.

County sections of I-40 get makeover

August 31, 2011

Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.

Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.

August 30th

Are you ready for disaster?

August 30, 2011

If Hurricane Irene told us anything, it’s that preparation for emergencies can be a significant, and potentially life-saving, matter.

Before you go buying protection for dust storms or dig an underground bunker for tornadoes, it’s important to know what types of emergencies are most frequent to Catawba County.

The county’s emergency management coordinator said general preparation is always good, but there are certain incidents in specific for which area residents need to be ready.

Catawba Red Cross chapter helps after Irene

August 30, 2011

The area chapter of the American Red Cross is sending more volunteers east to assist with clean-up and assistance efforts after Hurricane Irene.

The Catawba Valley chapter of the Red Cross is sending at least two more volunteers to counties in eastern N.C., adding to six volunteers and employees already helping out, said chapter Executive Director Suzan Anderson.

Serendipity weathers the storm

August 30, 2011

Serendipity--like a great lady—is standing regal and tall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, despite the assault on her for a grueling 35 hours by an infamous lady, Hurricane Irene, last weekend.

The house made famous in the movie “Nights in Rodanthe”  is owned by a Newton couple, Ben and Debbie Huss, who returned home late Monday night after spending four days in the house at the village of Rodanthe.

August 29th

DA, wife survive boat crash

August 29, 2011

Catawba County’s district attorney and his wife say they are thankful to be alive after a boat wreck threw them overboard Sunday evening.

Twenty-fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither said he was blinded by bright lights before a boat he was driving crashed into another vessel on Lake Hickory on Sunday.

Gaither said he and his wife were celebrating their 17th anniversary on the lake Sunday evening and were driving down river at about 5 mph.

Service groups request help

August 29, 2011

Homelessness and poverty has steadily increased in Catawba County in the past decade, and some area aid organizations said more can be done to help the growing population.

In the past 10 years, poverty has increased 77 percent in Catawba County, with nearby areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to data, released recently, by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments released recently.

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