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June 7th, 2011

IFH employee dies at loading dock

June 7, 2011

A man died Tuesday morning after he was trapped between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House in Hickory.

Jerry Whitman, 49, of Granite Falls, was locked between a tractor-trailer and a loading dock at Institution Food House, located at 543 12th St. Drive NW, according to Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal. Whitman, an IFH employee, was working at the facility at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

No charges are filed at this time. Hickory Police are investigating.

June 6th

Citizens plead case to NCDOT

June 6, 2011

Udean Burke has 42 Prevost motorcoach buses at Christian Tours on N.C. 16. Each of them is 45 feet long.
Currently, when one of Burke’s fleet heads toward Newton, they simply take a left out of the Christian Tours parking lot and drive a few miles into town — no problem.
However, plans are in the mix to widen N.C. 16 as North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) officials want to make the highway four lanes with a median separating the north and south directions.

Commissioners approve $196M county budget

June 6, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners approved their $196 million fiscal year
2011-12 budget Monday, a 2.81 percent reduction from this year's
current plan.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass a budget that will lower the
property tax rate by one half cent to 53 cents per $100 of valuation.

The county's budget will impact about 34 jobs, including about 10
building inspector positions that will be eliminated. During the last
four years, reductions to the county budget have impacted about 100
positions.

The budget also eliminates fire alarm mutual aid payments to the 14

Local expansion to bring 19 new jobs

June 6, 2011

A local manufacturing company is considering an expansion that will bring 19 new jobs to the area.

Dalco Nonwovens, which manufactures non-woven textiles for automotive, landfill and furniture applications, is planning a $9 million expansion to its current facility in Conover. The expansion would retain 33 jobs and create 19 more.

Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentive agreement with Dalco on Monday that will grant the manufacturing company about $57,780 during three years.

Storms rip through county corner

June 6, 2011

Shawn Lebo's two young children went outside their N.C. 16 home to "enjoy the breeze" that preceded thunderstorms into southeastern Catawba County on Sunday evening.

"We had a trampoline over there, and the next thing you know the wind picked the trampoline up," Lebo said, adding the sight sent his children running back inside. "I looked out and you couldn't see anything."

With dark clouds surrounding the Denver area home, Shawn said hail began to fall, and moments later an oak tree uprooted and fell on the house, crushing his two children's bedrooms on the north side of the house.

GHC honors veterans all week

June 6, 2011

As the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn approaches, tournament directors are looking to salute a group of citizens “that don’t get enough praise” – veterans.

This week, men and women of the armed forces, active duty and veterans will receive free admission to the tournament, officials announced recently. Each “American hero” will be allowed to bring one guest.

Nate Berkus Show to feature Newton business

June 6, 2011

A Newton company will be featured Tuesday on the Nate Berkus Show after it donated materials for a remodeling project in New York City.

Lee Industries provided eight leather dining chairs, four leather bar stools, two sofas, four apartment sofas and eight occasional chairs for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in New York City.

Bondi Coley, Lee Industries marketing manager, said the business was asked to partner in the project because of its American-made merchandise.

Hickory Police continue murder investigation

June 6, 2011

Hickory Police think Friday's murder is drug-related.
Eric Lynn Icenhour, 25, of Taylorsville, and his girlfriend, Michelle Buff Brower, 37, of Lawndale, were sitting in a 2011 Chevrolet HHR at about 3 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Second Street Southwest when someone fired several shots using a rifle at the couple, according to a police report. Hickory Police said the gunshots seemed to be directed at Icenhour.

June 3rd

Wreck injures four

June 3, 2011

A four-car accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near exit 136 left four people injured Friday.

One man was critically injured in the accident and was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte via MedCenter Air helicopter. The other three drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries, with one man and woman taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in road units, said Claremont Fire Chief Gary Sigmon.

Commissioners approve changes to budget plan

June 3, 2011

Catawba County commissioners approved several changes to their proposed budget that will increase their anticipated financial plan by about $93,500.

After listening to lobbying comments from two county citizens during a public hearing Thursday, the board decided to fund a secretarial position in the county’s Cooperative Extension office, as well as three other budget areas.

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