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September 23rd, 2011

Governor sees future of health care training

September 24, 2011

Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state and county leaders saw what they called the future of health care training and workforce development Friday at Catawba Valley Community College.

CVCC presented its 28,000-square-foot regional simulated hospital on the fifth floor of the campus' Cuyler Dunbar Building in Hickory.

Simulator prepares CVCC students for health care careers

September 24, 2011

There is a hospital inside Catawba Valley Community College. On Friday, it came to life.

In a simulated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), second-year student Ethel Downey pulled a hunk of innards from the chest of a “gunshot victim.” She lifted it up for her fellow students and audience to see, and a line of fake blood squirted from the “patient’s” sliced artery and hit her on the forearm.

“You got me that time,” she said to fellow student Leslie Casey, who was controlling the reproduced blood palpitations. Downey looked at the patient simulator and continued operating.

Tour seeks to heal wounds of cancer

September 24, 2011

A pink fire truck parked in front of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton on Friday afternoon.

People walked up with black pens and wrote all over it – each set of words a message of support for women who have battled cancer.

The truck's visit was a stop on the Pink Heals Guardians of the Ribbons Tour, a nonprofit effort that began several years ago in Arizona as a way to raise awareness of breast and other cancers that women face.

Fast food robbers arrested

September 24, 2011

Justice didn’t taste so good this week for a group of men who set up a drive-through robbery in Denver last year.

Police arrested three men on Wednesday associated with an armed robbery at the Denver KFC/Taco Bell on May 26, 2010. The robbery was a setup and involved one suspect taking money from his acquaintance who worked at the restaurant, said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

O-N-E launches shop-local campaign for the holidays

September 24, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.

As Catawba County's community newspapers launch their third annual "Hometown Christmas" campaign, the Christmas spirit will begin flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.

"On Thursday we were proud to host the first Christmas party of 2010," O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard said of the event held at Newton Expo.

September 22nd

County's litter removal effort continues

September 23, 2011

Catawba County is wants residents to stop littering and pick up a piece of trash.

As part of a two-week statewide initiative, the county is asking volunteer groups to help remove trash from roadways through the end of the month. The statewide LITTER SWEEP started Sept. 17 and will end Oct. 1.

“It’s an effort to clean up litter on the roadsides in the community,” said Kelly Groves, North Carolina Cooperative Extensive horticultural agent.

Community garden grows

September 23, 2011

A Catawba County community garden saw a 500 percent increase in its produce and support this harvest.

The county’s Help Our People Eat (HOPE) gardens harvested and delivered 5,071 pounds of vegetables and fruit this year, an increase of nearly 4,000 pounds from 2010.

“This year was a lot better due to the constant rain we had this year compared to last year,” said Christine S. Cofer, HOPE director and employee in the county’s finance department.

Cofer said that with the help of volunteers and contributors, HOPE’s three gardens had water available on site, contrary to prior years.

Claremont loses public servant Stanley

September 23, 2011

James “PJ” Stanley was a man “who always had his city in mind.”

As a man who wore “many hats” for the city of Claremont, Stanley strived to protect, save and fight for the lives of his fellow citizen – all sacrifices that friends, family and colleagues are remembering today.

On Wednesday night, Stanley died from complications during his short fight with leukemia. He was 61.

September 21st

Maiden considers new town hall

September 22, 2011

Maiden officials are planning to build a $1.7 million town hall, but it’s unclear if the building will become a reality.

Town council members voiced their approval on Monday for renderings of a new 11,240-square-foot town hall that would feature a community room, multiple conference rooms and more offices for town officials. The building, which would be located at 19 N. Main Ave. in Maiden, has a projected cost of about $1.7 million.

Passion for the pantry

September 22, 2011

Charlie Bunn had a passion for helping the hungry.

Several years ago on Thanksgiving Day, Bunn volunteered to leave his family's holiday gathering to take care of an alarm that went off at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM), the nonprofit crisis assistance organization in Newton where he volunteered many hours.

On the way home, Bunn found a homeless man, picked him up and took him home.

"Charlie walks into his home and tells his wife to set another plate," said the Rev. Robert Silber, executive director of ECCCM. "He had a passion."

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