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April 25th, 2011

CIP plan includes $30 million in new debt

April 25, 2011

A plan to address $32.5 million in necessary Newton projects relies on more than $30 million in new debt for the city.

Plans to finance projects included in a proposed Capital Improvement Plan come as the city continues to make payments toward $27.7 million in debt. Yet, even facing the prospect of increasing that debt, the city is still well below state rules for how much debt a city can incur.

Convicted DWI investigator resigns

April 25, 2011

A Hickory Police investigator resigned a week after his DWI conviction, following a single-car accident in December.

Officer Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was convicted April 14 on a Level 5 driving while impaired charge in Hickory District Court. Falowski's attorney, Gene Sigmon, filed an appeal in the ruling, which is on its way to the District Attorney's Office for a date in superior court.

Planning for $32.5 million in needs

April 25, 2011

Newton City Council is considering a five-year, $32.5 million capital improvement plan that the city manager said will address the city's most pressing needs.

Farmers market off to good start

April 25, 2011

Conover Farmers Market is open and in full swing with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Julie Lehmann, manager of Conover Farmers Market, said Saturday's first day open for the season was off to a good start.

"(Saturday's) shoppers found spring time and were romping around the market," Lehmann said. "They were very excited to be back."

Convergys to hire 160 employees

April 25, 2011

Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management, is hiring for 160 full-time positions at its contact center in Hickory.

Interested candidates from throughout the Catawba County area are invited to attend an on-site Recruitment Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Convergys, 1507 Seventh St. SE. New employees will provide customer service and sales support for a Convergys client in the telecommunications industry.

Woman car jacked at Taco Bell

April 25, 2011

A Newton woman was car jacked early Sunday morning as she was leaving a Hickory Taco Bell.
Sarah Sherard, 27, was leaving Taco Bell on U.S. 70 SE after eating with friends at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Sherard told Hickory Police that as she was driving toward the parking lot exit, a fight started in the parking lot. Sherard stopped her car and got out to go to the fight.
Sherard said as the fight was almost over, a male walked up to her, pushed her against her car, took her car keys and left the scene in Sherard's 2005 BMW X3.

April 22nd

Warlong building prepares to open

April 22, 2011

After sitting idle about six years, the Warlong Glove building on the former Broyhill Furniture site in Conover will once again open to the public.

"We are ahead of schedule," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr.

Conover purchased the 27-acre Broyhill Furniture property in downtown Conover in 2005, after the company closed the facility's doors in 2004. Duncan, who originally thought the Conover Station project will take 10 years to complete, is now planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the summer.

$6.5M in grants, no easy task

April 22, 2011

Conover received $6.5 million in grants for Conover Station, but according to city officials, applying for grants is not an easy task.

"(Completing) the application is the easy part," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "Completing the documents to start spending the money is the hard work."

In 2007 Duncan, along with a core group in the city government planning department, started applying for grants in 2007 for Conover Station after purchasing the property in 2005.

'Soap for Hope' helps fund Haitian education

April 22, 2011

Two years ago, Dr. Kerry Reeves and wife Joy left behind the comforts of their Conover home and moved into an orphanage in Haiti, as they expanded New Vision Ministries into a full-time
mission.
Some of the many services they provide for the Haitian people include vision care, business
mentoring programs for fisherman and a sponsorship program for children, which involves a sponsor paying for a year's worth of education.
In Haiti, there is no such thing as public education and according to UNICEF, roughly 50 percent of their children never step foot in a classroom.

April 21st

5 dogs attack mail carrier

April 21, 2011

A mail carrier met her worst nightmare Thursday when she was attacked by five dogs while delivering a package to former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield's property.

According to a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson, Mary Bolton, 32, was delivering mail at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday to 6397 Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba.

Catawba Fire Chief Don Robinson said Bolton could not fit a package into the mailbox, so she attempted to walk to the home when she was attacked by one dog. Robinson said four more dogs then approached Bolton and also attacked her.

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