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January 28th, 2011
Tax season is under way.
But in light of new rules taking effect this tax season, some residents could be forced to look for new tax preparers.
Internal Revenue Service guidelines mandate more stringent identification of who tax preparers are, making it more difficult for just anyone to file a tax return.
Required preparer identification number
Neither Adam nor Elisa Baker were in attendance Thursday when District Court Judge C. Thomas Edwards agreed to continue their cases until April.
After receiving almost 140 applications for Newton's vacant city clerk position, the city's manager is paring down the applicant pool in hopes of making a hire next month.
The city clerk position is among a few job openings the city is currently advertising.
Heaven. Prophet. Miracle.
The words alone inspire and uplift.
And when those words are attached to 1,000-pound horses, their ability to do seemingly impossible things only grows.
Heaven, Prophet and Miracle are three therapy horses at Rising Hope Farms in Claremont. The farm specializes in therapeutic riding to help individuals overcome or manage physical disabilities, emotional issues and developmental delays.
The latest group of people to benefit from Rising Hope Farm is men and women serving in the country's armed forces.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is looking for an unknown suspect who broke into a store and stole cash from a Conover store.
An employee from the Dollar General on N.C. 16 North in Conover arrived at work Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and discovered something wasn't right.
"She came in that morning and noticed the alarm wasn't working," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
The employee walked to the store's office area, which was ransacked and covered in muddy footprints. That's when she called the sheriff's office.
Students and administrators in Newton-Conover City Schools talked with system officials Monday about the benefits of a middle- and high-school learning program, hoping the initiative won't fall victim to budget cuts during the system's upcoming budgeting process.
Newton-Conover middle and high school principals Jim Elliott and Kevin Campbell, as well as students involved in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, spoke with the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education about the program's value during the board's Monday night meeting.
During fiscal year 2009-10, companies announced investments in Catawba County totaling more than $1 billion.
Those investments amount to 1,495 new jobs and 702 officially retained jobs, according to a recent publication from the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.
EDC president Scott Millar said the county accomplished a lot in the previous fiscal year, but there's still a lot to be done before confidence returns completely to the area.
Two Hickory men face gun and drug charges after Lincoln County sheriff's deputies stopped the men for speeding.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement unit was conducting traffic surveillance on U.S. 321 in Lincolnton about 4 p.m. Friday.
Officers saw a burgundy Ford Excursion traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies stopped the Ford Excursion, which had Virginia license plates, at mile marker 25. Five people were in the vehicle at the time.
Catawba County participated in a homeless count Wednesday to determine the number of people living day-to-day on area streets.
Troy Jones, 47, of Hickory, is one of those people. He has been homeless for about nine months after he lost his landscaping job.
"It hit me hard," Jones said. "I couldn't pay my rent."
Jones was one of many people who came to be counted Wednesday at Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, one of five counting locations throughout Catawba County.
Catawba County Schools' teachers may not see their performance-based supplement for the 2011-12 school year.
In CCS interim superintendent Glenn Barger's proposed local budget for the upcoming school year, the largest cut is $800,000, from the instruction performance category. The reduction comes from a lack of county funding, he said. If the reduction is approved, it may protect teaching positions.
"All county agencies were told to cut 5 percent," Barger said. "That is painful."