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October 3rd, 2011

Chamber gathers professionals for forum

October 3, 2011

Health care leaders say they're worried about the costs of providing patient services while complying with regulations of President Obama's reform plan that makes care available and affordable for more people.

Michael Blackburn, chief executive officer of Frye Regional Medical Center, said hospitals face having to deal with more patients while getting less reimbursement from programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

"The biggest thing to me is we aren't going to be reimbursed very well," Blackburn said. "More people will be covered, but I'm losing more money on more people."

Corpening pulls out of Conover race

October 3, 2011

Penny Corpening will not accept a seat on Conover City Council if voters re-elect her in November.

Citing concerns about conflicts of interest that could affect city and family business, Corpening notified the Catawba County Board of Elections on Friday that she has withdrawn from the race.

Conover shares success stories

October 3, 2011

Conover turned an old, undesirable plot of contaminated land into new economic development. City leaders say many state resources made the transformation at Conover Station possible.

Now the city is sharing the pathway to that development success with other towns across the state, and leaders hope to collect a few ideas for Conover at the same time.

Murder hearing Monday

October 3, 2011

The man accused of brutally murdering his roommate in February is scheduled to be in superior court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.


Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, is charged with murdering and mutilating the body of Stephen Starr, his roommate, earlier this year. Anderson has been in Catawba County Jail since Feb. 14.


During a 911 call the day of the murder, Anderson confessed to shooting Starr with a shotgun before using an axe to mutilate the victim's body.


Roles shift in DA office

October 3, 2011

A state prosecutor charged with driving impaired in June is no longer the district 25 attorney’s chief assistant. The DA says the assistant will continue prosecuting cases in Burke County.

Conover store robbed

October 3, 2011

A masked person robbed a Conover store with a knife late Wednesday night.

Conover Police say an unidentified suspect entered the Sunshine Mart at 302 1st St. West in Conover and demanded money from the store’s clerk.

The store manager and other employees said the suspect used a large knife to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk, who was unharmed but shaken.

Conover Police are still looking for the suspect, and store officials said they have video surveillance of the robbery.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Conover Police at 828-464-4698.

Catawba County crime reports

October 3, 2011

Incident reports

Sept. 27
Suspects kicked in the front door at a Hickory residence Tuesday and stole a gold-colored ring valued at $300. The damage to the property at 5809 Sulpher Springs Road in Hickory is valued at $200.

Sept. 27
Police are looking for a suspect that stole a bicycle from a Vale residence on Tuesday that is valued at $60. The bike belonged to Wendell Howard Austin, 67, of Vale, and authorities are still investigating the larceny.

Sept. 26

September 28th

Just tape?

September 29, 2011

It’s a duct tape revolution.

The days of simple, silver duct tape are over, and the colors are in. An influx of “Funky Flamingo” pink, “Zig-Zag Zebra” and “Totally Tie Dye” tape designs are popping up at hardware and retail stores across the nation, and tape officials say they are selling fast.

More colors, designs and prints have led to more uses as well. There are duct tape sandals, duct tape flowers and even duct tape artwork.

The uses, styles and reputation of duct tape have definitely changed. 

But what makes colorful duct tape so popular? What makes it different?

State cuts affect DA's office

September 29, 2011

State cuts have caused the local district attorney’s office to cut staff, programs and hours that directly benefit the public.

The state approved funding reductions this summer for departments across the board, but the court systems, and thus district attorney’s offices, have felt the brunt of cuts approved in the state’s $19.7 billion budget.

Claremont Day festival Saturday

September 29, 2011

Henry Helton said 16 years ago he asked Claremont's city council for $250 to hire a band for a community gathering.

Helton, the special events coordinator for the city, said the council granted the money, a fair amount of people showed up to the event and what became Claremont Day has grown each year since.

This year's festival on Main Street begins Saturday at 9 a.m., with comments from Mayor David Morrow and Oxford Elementary School students singing the national anthem.

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