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September 27th, 2010
Catawba County high school students with a passion for theater arts will have a new option during the next school year.
Catawba County Schools, partnered with The Green Room Community Theatre, will launch the Green Room Academey of Drama, or GRAD program, for county students interested in theatre arts.
"If everyone will embrace it, Newton will be on the verge of a renaissance," said Sylvia Schnople, program director.
Video game contestants traveled from across the state to see who could be the next guitar hero.
Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club held its second annual RotaryRock on Saturday at the Multi-Purpose Center at Catawba Valley Community College. The event enticed a statewide crowd with its rare occurrence, $2,000 in total prize money, and chances to claim being the best at popular Xbox games, such as "Madden 2011," "Guitar Hero III" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."
Actors in The Green Room Community Theatre's production of "The King and I" use their imagination a lot.
While rehearsing at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Newton, the actors imagine a royal throne to their left, a table to their right and an elaborate backdrop behind them. The location of props and backdrops stops this week for the actors, who will get their first glimpse of the Old Post Office Playhouse and its production stage.
In a little more than a week, the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton will hold its first production.
But before actors in "The King and I" take the stage, a few final adjustments must be made to the building.
Sherry Butler, Green Room Community Theatre executive director, said she hopes the facility will be complete at the end of the week.
"The main thing right now is the certificate of occupancy," Butler said. "The rest is just cleaning and putting carpet down."
Police arrested a woman Saturday after she allegedly stole money from an elderly man and bracelets from a pawn shop.
Natasha Marie Chafin, 21, of Taylorsville, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering from a motor vehicle, two counts of larceny, carrying concealed weapons, possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A homeless man was killed Friday as he tried to cross U.S. 321 in Hickory.
Rodney Lewis Church, 44, was struck by at least two cars about 10:25 p.m. as he attempted to cross U.S. 321 to reach a convenience store, according to the Hickory Police Department.
Police said Church was wearing dark clothes at the time of the incident, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
No charges were filed against the drivers of the cars. It does not appear that either driver was drinking.
Preparations for the Ensure Classic are in full swing.
The eighth annual Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors starts Monday and continues through Oct. 3.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the event and watch the 78 players vie for the top prize of more than $200,000, not to mention the honor of being named tournament winner.
Although the event starts Monday, crews were working for weeks to make the Ensure Classic run smoothly.
Bank of Granite Corporation announced that on Sept. 22, the company received a letter from The NASDAQ Stock Market notifying the company that, because of the bid price for its stock has fallen below $1 per share, it no longer complies with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on The NASDAQ Global Select Market.
Donating thousands of dollars to area charities is par for the course during the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn.
All net proceeds from the tournament are donated to charities and other organizations throughout Catawba County and surrounding area.
The event, to date, raised more than $900,000 for charities, but Jim Correll, the tournament's executive director, doesn't want to stop there.
"This year, our goal is to surpass the $1-million mark," he said.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least it is at The Observer News Enterprise and Outlook.
And as Catawba County’s community newspapers launch their second annual “Hometown Christmas” campaign, the Christmas spirit will start flowing at stores and businesses throughout the region.