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April 8th, 2011

Politics slowing down budget approval

April 8, 2011

Politics may be at the root of a slow budget approval.

On Thursday, concerned parents, students and teachers gathered in the gym at Fred T. Foard High School to listen to Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger explain the budget process and what he hopes the numbers will look like for the 2011-12 school year.

"This is the first time in history that the General Assembly changed to a Republican party in both houses," Barger said. "There is a strong voice coming out of the newly elected representatives."

A day honoring mothers

April 8, 2011

Celebrate moms and fund the Catawba County Parenting Network at the same time.

The Parenting Network organized its first fundraising event for April 16 and decided it should honor mothers for their years of nurturing and raising children.

"We are all about moms and parenting," said Susan Lee, Parenting Network director. "This is going to be an uplifting day to celebrate moms, and people can bring their moms."

Farm for a day

April 8, 2011

Bandys High School turned into a farm for a day as agriculture came alive for county residents.

More than 2,200 students and residents discovered farm life Friday at the school's annual Ag Day.

After more than 25 years and doubled participation, this event continues to carry one purpose — to raise agricultural awareness among community members who may not have an understanding of where food comes from.

April 7th

64 churches, 500K meals

April 7, 2011

In the time it takes to read this sentence, one child will have died from starvation.

That's the message area churches want to spread as they prepare to package 500,000 meals for impoverished communities around the world.

Sixty-four churches from Catawba, Iredell and Alexander counties agreed to participate in the Stop Hunger Now campaign, which provides low-cost, nutritious meals for children in countries such as Japan, Haiti and Honduras.

Body identified, victim shot to death

April 7, 2011

The man found dead in the South Fork River on Sunday was murdered.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said 23-year-old Absalon Gomez was shot to death before his body was located earlier this week in the river near Maiden.

Gomez's family reported him missing Dec. 7 and had no contact with him since that date. Reid said it's "very possible" that Gomez has been dead since December.

The sheriff's office isn't releasing how many times Gomez was shot, and there are no suspects in the case. Reid said investigators have a few leads in the case that indicate the shooting was drug-related.

Videos to prevent distracted driving

April 7, 2011

If you're in a car crash, chances are, a distracted driver was involved.

Distracted driving, including using a cell phone, is a factor in about 80 percent of accidents, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Catawba County officials want to prevent that from happening.

Members of the Child Fatality Prevention Team, Community Protection Team and Catawba County Youth Council joined together for a distracted driving video contest that encourages teens to concentrate behind the wheel.

2 wanted in armed robbery

April 7, 2011

Hickory Police are looking for two suspects involved Thursday in an armed robbery.

Two black males walked into the Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 in Hickory about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal.

One of the suspects showed a knife and demanded money from the three clerks who were inside the store at the time. Deal didn't know if customers were in the store during the robbery.

Employees emptied the cash register for the suspects, and the men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and several packages of cigarettes.

Commissioners approve incentives

April 7, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentives package for a Hickory company in the hope that the business will bring much-needed jobs to Catawba County.

Furniture manufacturer Fairmont Designs will receive a $25,000 grant to help the company increase productivity and efficiency or relocate equipment. In exchange, the company agreed to create 200 jobs and invest $1.5 million.

BREAKING: Police search for suspects in armed robbery

April 7, 2011

Hickory Police are searching for two males involved in an armed robbery.
About 8:30 a.m. Thursday, two black males robbed Total Convenience Market on U.S. 70 in Hickory. The men left on foot and believe to be carrying a knife.
Both men appear to be in their late 20s and wearing black hood sweatshirts. One is of a large build, while the other is thinner. One male was wearing khaki pants, and the other was wearing a black head scarf and has a mustache.
Anyone who sees the men or has information about the armed robbery, call Hickory Police at (828) 328-5551.

April 6th

Town continues Internet upgrade

April 6, 2011

Town of Catawba officials voted Monday to continue improving the town's online presence with an upgraded website.

The town will spend $1,200 on a program to add customization features to www.townofcatawbanc.org, a website that currently gives the town "a limited amount of flexibility," said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett.

During the council's April meeting, Barnett showed council members the town of Elizabethtown's website, which will resemble Catawba's new website, once it is completed.

"It'll be the same concept, but it will be geared toward Catawba," Barnett said.

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