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September 22nd, 2011
James â€śPJâ€ť Stanley was a man â€śwho always had his city in mind.â€ť
As a man who wore â€śmany hatsâ€ť for the city of Claremont, Stanley strived to protect, save and fight for the lives of his fellow citizen â€“ all sacrifices that friends, family and colleagues are remembering today.
On Wednesday night, Stanley died from complications during his short fight with leukemia. He was 61.
Maiden officials are planning to build a $1.7 million town hall, but itâ€™s unclear if the building will become a reality.
Town council members voiced their approval on Monday for renderings of a new 11,240-square-foot town hall that would feature a community room, multiple conference rooms and more offices for town officials. The building, which would be located at 19 N. Main Ave. in Maiden, has a projected cost of about $1.7 million.
Charlie Bunn had a passion for helping the hungry.
Several years ago on Thanksgiving Day, Bunn volunteered to leave his family's holiday gathering to take care of an alarm that went off at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM), the nonprofit crisis assistance organization in Newton where he volunteered many hours.
On the way home, Bunn found a homeless man, picked him up and took him home.
"Charlie walks into his home and tells his wife to set another plate," said the Rev. Robert Silber, executive director of ECCCM. "He had a passion."
In terms of tax collection, â€śclose but no cigar,â€ť is an expensive phrase.
Each year, Catawba County aims to collect 100 percent of taxes in the county, including those in its municipalities. The county usually comes very close to its goal, averaging about 97 percent in recent years.
But that other 3 percent comprises a whole lot of potential revenue.
Last fiscal year, for example, the county collected $77,216,606 (97.27 percent) in real estate and personal property tax from its county residents, but had $2,167,872 outstanding.
Thieves steal cigars, money from Vale store
Thieves broke into a Vale convenience store Sunday night and stole cigars and cash.
Police are looking for suspects who entered the Buds Place convenience store at 9029 West N.C. 10 in Vale to take cartons of cigars and $300 in cash.
Witnesses saw two white men in an older white car near the store at the time of the burglary, and Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office deputies are reviewing the security tape at the store, said Capt. Joel Fish.
All the shelves in the Newton-Conover High School library are empty.
Students ask librarian Beverly Hall where the books have gone.
Hall is able to tell the students that, soon, there will be new books on new shelves in a revived library that will also include new carpet, new fluorescent lighting, new tables and a variety of other improvements.
Hall's now in her third year as librarian at the school. The library renovation project has been in progress for about two years.
A dream has become reality in Sherrills Ford.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley (PCHCV) officially opened its new facility in Sherrills Ford on Tuesday, and officials say its presence should help area citizens immediately.
On Sunday, four communities in Catawba County will celebrate their patches of a recreation trail that weaves its way through 15 counties in North and South Carolina.
Pieces of the "Carolina Thread Trail" will be dedicated in Conover, Newton, Hickory and Murrays Mill.
The trail is named for the fabric manufacturing heritage in the 15 counties in which it travels, according to the trail's website. Counties in the trail region have identified 1,200 miles of planned trails and more than 80 miles are already open to the public.
Russell lives outside in a tent.
Heâ€™s an educated man. Heâ€™s sober. Heâ€™s homeless â€“ a lifestyle that he said puts him on the street every day looking for meals and shelter.
But food is not the problem, he said. Neither is supplies. His problem is finding a safe place to reside, something that puts him into contact with police all the time.
â€śOnce the cops know you are homeless, they are on to you,â€ť Russell said, adding that law enforcement members are constantly shooing the homeless from public, and occasionally private, places.
Despite ever-increasing e-reader technology, the Catawba County Library system is growing.
Catawba County Library Director Karen Foss said branches are seeing more circulation and visitors than ever before, an increase that she said may have ties to the economy.
The Conover branch of the library has grown so much during the last two years that it is relocating to a bigger space at Conover Station â€“ a move that library leaders say will not only give it more space but new programs as well.