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May 26th, 2011
A historical staple of Catawba County may never look the same.
The owners of the Rock Barn House in Conover are saying unidentified suspects broke into the historic home sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon and completely vandalized the property.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident, but Sheriff Coy Reid said a incident report was not filed as of press time Thursday.
Donald Herman, 56, of Conover, owns the property along with five siblings and said the sheriff's department estimated more than $100,000 in damages to the home.
Sewer and water rates will increase in Claremont next year, but city officials said the rate hikes will help fund the cityâ€™s long-term infrastructure needs.
â€śOur treatment facilities are aging in their capacities, and we want to be able to handle the additional capacity generated,â€ť said Claremont Mayor David Morrow. â€śItâ€™s also going to help us in what our total capital expenditure and goals will require in the future.â€ť
The kids at Webb A. Murray Elementary School are popping open Pepsis and crossing their fingers in hopes of winning thousands of dollars in much-needed musical instruments.
Since one â€śpassionateâ€ť music teacher entered Murray Elementary in the Pepsi Refresh Everything competition in April, students and teachers alike have been sipping Pepsis and voting online daily for the school to win $25,000 in drums, guitars and recorders.
Flip it. Smack it. Stack it.
Thatâ€™s the phrase helping Balls Creek Elementary School students use a new waste disposal system that melts trash, reduces costs and cuts down on labor.
The Thermo Compactor machine has been at Balls Creek for two weeks, and
school officials are raving about the benefits of the product.
â€śThe students have accepted it very well, and it has lightened our trash because we donâ€™t have the same amount of garbage,â€ť said cafeteria manager Joyce Fowler. â€śItâ€™s been very easy to operate.â€ť
The thermo-compaction process is fairly simple.
Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.
The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid â€” funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.
"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.
The N.C. House of Representatives' budget funds three school systems in Catawba County. However, a proposal to fund one school system per county is part of an N.C. Senate plan that could seriously impact Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.
"I'm totally against (funding one school system per county)," said Sen. Austin Allran. "I've always opposed that funding provision."
Allran said a proposal to fund only one school system per county comes up "every year" during the budget process. And each year, Allran said he's opposed it.
The city of Newton has a limited amount of compost and mulch that is being offered to Newton residents free of charge.
Citizens may pick up the compost and/or mulch at the cityâ€™s facility on Boston Road (off N.C. 10 West) on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call the city of Newton Sanitation Division at (828) 695-4294.
Newton-Conover Rotarians presented the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award on Tuesday night, and just like the annual award's namesake, this year's recipient is a club member "exemplifying nobility of character and personal integrity."
Newton-native, World War II veteran and career contractor Glenn E. Yount was presented with the "Dr. Mac" award during Newton-Conover Rotary Club's annual Rotary Night at Catawba Country Club. Yount, 94, has been a Rotarian for 26 years, is the club's senior member and attends club meetings regularly.
Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.
"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."
Lunch never came for customers at Little Pigs Barbecue on Tuesday after a woman drove her car through the building's exterior brick walls.
"I'd thought a bomb had gone off," said Esther Martin, 78, of Newton, who was waiting on a hot dog and iced tea when the car came barreling through the building. "I didn't even get to eat lunch."