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September 22nd, 2011

Community garden grows

September 23, 2011

A Catawba County community garden saw a 500 percent increase in its produce and support this harvest.

The county’s Help Our People Eat (HOPE) gardens harvested and delivered 5,071 pounds of vegetables and fruit this year, an increase of nearly 4,000 pounds from 2010.

“This year was a lot better due to the constant rain we had this year compared to last year,” said Christine S. Cofer, HOPE director and employee in the county’s finance department.

Cofer said that with the help of volunteers and contributors, HOPE’s three gardens had water available on site, contrary to prior years.

Claremont loses public servant Stanley

September 23, 2011

James “PJ” Stanley was a man “who always had his city in mind.”

As a man who wore “many hats” for the city of Claremont, Stanley strived to protect, save and fight for the lives of his fellow citizen – 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.

September 21st

Maiden considers new town hall

September 22, 2011

Maiden officials are planning to build a $1.7 million town hall, but it’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.

Passion for the pantry

September 22, 2011

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."

Tough economy impacts county, city tax revenues

September 22, 2011

In terms of tax collection, “close but no cigar,” 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.

Catawba County crime

September 22, 2011

Store Larcenies

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 Sheriff’s Office deputies are reviewing the security tape at the store, said Capt. Joel Fish.

Library renaissance

September 22, 2011

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.

September 20th

Care center opens new location in Sherrills Ford

September 21, 2011

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.

Catawba communities dedicating recreation trails Sunday

September 21, 2011

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.

Conflict of interests

September 21, 2011

Russell lives outside in a tent.

He’s an educated man. He’s sober. He’s homeless – 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.

“Once the cops know you are homeless, they are on to you,” Russell said, adding that law enforcement members are constantly shooing the homeless from public, and occasionally private, places.

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