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May 17th, 2011

Webcast to benefit pro-life organizations

May 17, 2011

Heartbeat International, will co-host the live UNITEforLIFE webcast event to benefit pro-life pregnancy care organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

The free event, to be held May 17 at 8 p.m. in each U.S. time zone, will feature former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson as she describes her dramatic journey from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life advocate.

Johnson’s change of heart happened after she participated in an ultrasound-assisted abortion procedure that opened her eyes to the reality of abortion.

May 16th

B&E, chase lead to arrests

May 16, 2011

Three suspects were arrested Monday in relation to a breaking and entering call near Kelly Street in Conover.
After breaking into a residence around 3:30 p.m., Carl Robinson and two unidentified suspects fled toward Tri-City Baptist Church on Highway 16 North.
When the suspects wrecked their car near the church, Robinson fled the scene while another male and female suspects were taken into custody.
The names of the other suspects weren't released as of press time Monday.

Fire burns mobile home

May 16, 2011

Investigators are researching a fire that started at a mobile home while a husband and wife were inside.
Bandys Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 4662 N.C. 16 South at about 5:15 p.m. Monday to discover a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The couple, who was inside at the time the fire started, escaped unharmed from their home.
The fire destroyed at least half of the home.
The Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

Revenue loss leads to cuts

May 16, 2011

The town of Catawba plans to cut its budget by 8.8 percent during the next fiscal year in order to match the town’s decline in overall revenue.
The cut will eliminate about $80,000 from the town’s total budget, said Catawba Town Manager Brian M. Barnett on Wednesday.
The town will keep its current tax rate of 48 cents per $100 of valuation, Barnett said.
“Our biggest issue is a decline in overall revenue to the town,” Barnett said. “Now, we have to adjust on our end what we anticipate coming in on revenue.”

Hickory man recovers from fox attack

May 16, 2011

A 76-year-old Hickory man started rabies treatments after he was attacked by a fox, which was later confirmed to have rabies.

Officials with Caldwell County Animal Control said that on May 11, the man was playing golf with friends at Granada Farms Country Club Golf Course in Granite Falls. According to the report, at about 2:30 p.m., a fox came out of the woods and attacked the man by biting him on the bottom part of his leg. The man’s golf partners started beating the fox with their golf clubs, killed the animal and called Caldwell County Animal Control.

Pottery to overflow at Music, Mud

May 16, 2011

What better way to experience the annual Music and Mud festival than to get a little muddy?

Outlaw Pottery School, Gallery and Supply in Hickory will once again have a booth set up at the festival Saturday to let event-goers create their own piece of Raku pottery.

Rosalie De Fini Outlaw, who owns the studio with her husband, Jason, said they offered the Raku pottery at last year's festival, and she said it was an activity everyone enjoyed.

Burn victim in critical condition

May 16, 2011

A Maiden man is fighting for his life after a chemical explosion left his lungs, throat and body burned last week.

Jeff Walker, 43, was airlifted to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Burn Center on Wednesday after a mixture of pool chemicals exploded outside his brother's residence at 709 W. School St. in Maiden.

Walker, who works for the town of Maiden's water and sewer department, is on life support and in critical condition, family members said Monday.

May 13th

SSHS students involved in armed robbery

May 13, 2011

About five St. Stephens High School students were allegedly involved in an attempted armed robbery Wednesday.

Hickory Police are investigating an incident, where a 17-year-old victim said he was forced into a silver Volkswagon Jetta, pistol whipped and later drug from the vehicle. The victim said the incident started at a house on 37th Avenue Northeast on Wednesday.

The victim to Hickory Police that when he was able to be released from the vehicle, he got into another car and attempted to follow the Jetta.

Maiden residents could see tax break

May 13, 2011

Maiden residents could likely see a drop in their property tax rate for the next fiscal year.

If passed by town officials, the proposed tax break will save town residents nearly $80,000 and can be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County.

Though the town of Maiden will lose revenue with the cut, town officials feel that money would be better left in taxpayers’ pockets.

“Unlike other towns, we’ve had some great economic news,” said Todd Herms, Maiden town manager. “The council though it was right to only tax to the level that was needed.”

Conover plans water, sewer, landfill cost increases

May 13, 2011

Taxes may not be increasing in Conover, but city residents could see an increase in their water, sewer and landfill expenses.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in costs,” said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr., adding most of the increase is coming in energy costs.

“When fuel costs go up, everything goes up.”

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