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October 5th, 2010
The town of Catawba has a new manager.
Catawba Town Council approved Monday the hiring of Brian Barnett, of Mooresville, to fill the vacant town manager position.
"He has all the qualifications we were looking for," said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling.
About 40 people applied for the job, and Catawba's interim town manager Eric Davis helped Town Council narrow down the candidates, Readling said.
Readling said Barnett has experience working with a town's budgetary needs, which was a skill he wanted in a new town manager.
A man who allegedly robbed the Peoples Bank on First Street West in Conover wasn't trying to hide himself as he requested money from a bank teller.
The suspected robber entered the bank at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday wearing a bright green reflective vest, a dark-colored baseball cap, light-colored pants and a dark long-sleeve shirt. He walked up to a teller, gave her a note and in return, the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. The man didn't present a weapon to the teller and no one was injured.
Making it work in a difficult economy is a major concern for candidates running for local office.
The Catawba County Farm Bureau held a political forum for candidates seeking election for U.S. Congress 10th District, N.C House districts 88 and 96, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Catawba County sheriff and Catawba County Schools Board of Education.
Candidates were given questions tailored to specific challenges, such as budgetary issues and county unemployment, they could face if elected to office.
Catawba Valley Medical Center continues to grow and adapt.
CVMC President and CEO J. Anthony Rose presented Monday to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners an update about the hospital's continuing construction on a multi-million dollar facility expansion and renovation.
The project will be completed in four phases and includes more than 88,000 square feet in new construction and more than 19,000 square feet in renovated space.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the proposed Schedule of Values, Standards and Rules for the county's 2011 revaluation.
County residents have 30 days to challenge the Schedule of Values after adoption of the schedule is published in area newspapers.
The revaluation will be effective Jan. 1. Catawba County has 87,000 parcels of land, which must be appraised at 100 percent of market value.
The unlocked gun a boy was handling Thursday when he accidentally shot himself belongs to his father.
The child's father could face a misdemeanor charge of failing to secure a weapon, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The 14-year-old boy was playing with the gun about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at his home on Rifle Range Road near Conover when he accidentally shot himself in the head.
Reid said the boy told police he was home alone when he found the unlocked gun in a dresser drawer.
Fire damaged an assembly building Saturday at Cross Country Campgrounds in Denver.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to the call about 3 p.m. on N.C. 150 East. Seventeen firefighters from Sherrills Ford-Terrell and five firefighters each from Bandys and Denver fire departments arrived on the scene to extinguish the fire, said Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Chief Keith Bost.
The first engine company had the fire under control in three minutes, and the scene was clear several hours later.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday an appointment to fill the board's vacant seat.
The Board appointed Randy Isenhower, a candidate for commissioner in the general election, to fill the seat vacated when commissioner Glenn Barger resigned effective Sept. 30.
Catawba County Clerk Barbara E. Morris swore in Isenhower immediately following the appointment. Isenhower's wife, Carmen, held the Bible, while his parents, Stine and Carolyn Isenhower, stood to his right.
Tuttle Elementary School has a nationally recognized Parent Teacher Organization.
The Tuttle Elementary PTO was selected as runner-up in PTO Today's 2010 Parent Group of the Year.
The Tuttle PTO applied for the award to honor PTOs who excelled through adversity without sacrificing programming for students and teachers.
"A lot of our families have fallen on hard times," said Laura Taylor, who was Tuttle PTO vice president for the 2009-10 school year. "It's 30 minutes for us to get to a bigger city. We were struggling."
There could be a new face on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners weeks before the general election.
County Commissioners will consider appointing Randy Isenhower, a candidate for the Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 2 election, to fill the vacated seat of Glenn Barger. Barger resigned from the board to become Catawba County Schools interim superintendent.
"I'm excited for the vote of confidence from the Board," Isenhower said. "It's an honor, and I'm very excited to serve."