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September 2nd, 2010
Claremont has a new city manager.
City Council decided unanimously at a special meeting Wednesday night to offer the city manager position to Doug L. Barrick, of Cornelius.
Mayor David Morrow contacted Barrick after the meeting to offer him the job, and Barrick officially accepted the offer Thursday.
“We’re very excited to have (Barrick) come to Claremont,” Morrow said. “There’s a lot of things that he’s done where he’s from that he will bring to Claremont.”
When Catawba County Schools teachers couldn’t find an acceptable math textbook for their students, they decided to create a textbook of their own.
But you won’t find the school system’s textbook bound and printed on students’ desks – it’s a digital textbook.
“Other textbooks just didn’t seem to fit what we needed to have,” said Jeanine Lynch, CCS curriculum coordinator. “So, we’re creating a digital textbook that’s a fluid document.”
HICKORY â€“ Hickory residents have seen a black bear in several northwest sections of the city this summer. In response, the city of Hickory is hosting a community meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission District 8 Wildlife Biologist Danny Ray will discuss bear issues and answer citizensâ€™ questions at the Geitner Building located in Geitner-Rotary Park, 2035 12th Street Drive, NW.
An area high school received a grant for $25,000 to purchase technology equipment.
Best Buy of Hickory selected St. Stephens High School to receive an Intel Technology Grant after the store won a regional contest.
“They can use it for computers, technology – pretty much anything that has to do with computing,” said Bobby Ormand, Best Buy store manager.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Health Care Bill, is 2,700 pages long. Within those pages are a lot of unanswered questions.
Area business leaders and employers met Wednesday for an informational session at the SALT Block in Hickory, looking for answers to some of those questions.
A Conover couple was arrested Tuesday for felony drug possession.
Shane Ray Pope, 37, and his wife Sabrina Ann Pope, 36, were charged with methamphetamine possession after a Newton Police officer pulled the couple over for a broken tail light on their 2001 GMC Yukon, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
The couple pulled into the parking lot of Redline Automotive in Newton, where the arresting officer found .08 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Brown said this amount of methamphetamine is the equivalent of about one dose.
O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard, left, and O-N-E Sports Editor Adam Houston picked the winning name from a box for two season tickets to Appalachian State University home football games. Odell Starnes, of Hickory, was the lucky winner of the tickets. Starnes entered the drawing after he paid a one-year subscription to The O-N-E.
Look inside The O-N-E for more opportunities to win ASU tickets, as well as tickets for other area events. Be sure to pick up Tuesday's O-N-E for chances to win CASH in the weekly Pigskin Picks contest.
An area organization committed to serving children and their families will hold its first Bloomin’ Orchard Festival on Saturday.
Sipe’s Orchard Home will celebrate Catawba County children and their families with a festival from noon to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the organization’s Houston House Transitional Living Center.
“We wanted it to be something the community could enjoy,” said Brian Phelps, Sipe’s Orchard Home president. “This is an event that we can raise money and raise friends, too.”
Two area teenagers are in jail after an alleged weekend crime spree.
Christopher Grant Goins, 17, and Christian Aaron Chesko, 16, both of Hickory, are in Catawba County jail on charges of first-degree burglary, felony larceny and larceny after breaking and entering.
“They went on a crime spree,” said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The teens, who are students at Fred. T. Foard High School in Newton, are charged in connection with thefts and vandalism at an area residence, a golf course, an airfield and more than 20 car break-ins, Reid said.
When medical or law enforcement officials respond to an emergency, communication is key, but officials’ ability to serve citizens can be threatened by language barriers.
Almost 10 percent of Catawba County residents speak a language other than English in their homes, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Conover Police Department has two Spanish-speaking officers to translate and assist on calls involving Latino citizens.