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December 21st

Fire rips through duplex

December 21, 2010

A woman and her child were treated for possible smoke inhalation Tuesday after a fire broke out in their Newton duplex.
Firefighters were dispatched at 7:21 p.m. to 405 E. J St., where they found a working structure fire on the right side of a one-story duplex.
"There was a significant amount of fire showing when we arrived," said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.

Financial stability Catawba's top goal

December 21, 2010

One year ago, Catawba Mayor Vance Readling said two controversial construction projects were dividing the town.

Now, the projects are delayed indefinitely in light of financial restraints, but town officials are looking to the coming months to get Catawba's budget back on track.

Readling cited budgetary stability as his top goal for the town in the coming year.

"I think we're going to have to focus on all aspects of the budget, from revenue to expenditures," Readling said.

Holiday cheer for elderly population

December 21, 2010

The elderly population represents about 13 percent of United States residents.

That 13 percent translates to about one in eight Americans, according to the Administration on Aging.

Of the elderly population, millions of people live in nursing homes or are confined to their residences because of serious illnesses or disabilities.

But thanks to area agencies, senior citizens living in Catawba County can enjoy the comforts of the holiday season.

Fire at Hickory Springs

December 21, 2010

A fire was reported Tuesday at a manufacturing facility in Conover.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company at 9:51 a.m., according to the Conover Fire Department.
The fire, which occurred in the building's manufacturing area called the "carousel," was extinguished before firefighters arrived. The scene was under control at 10:04 a.m., and Conover firefighters used the building's ventilation system to remove any remaining smoke from the building.
No one was injured.

December 20th

SSHS to get $1.4M kitchen renovation

December 20, 2010

St. Stephens High School will receive an upgraded kitchen and lunchroom, thanks to leftover funds from previous projects.

SSHS' kitchen and lunchroom are part of the school's original construction dating back to 1963, according to Catawba County Schools interim superintendent Glenn Barger.

The renovated lunchroom is expected to seat at least 444 students at a time. However, the CCS Board of Education opted to add a future seating area to their plan as an alternate for bidders. The potential area can add 120 more seats, equaling 564 seats for students in the lunchroom.

Pets killed in mobile home fire

December 20, 2010

Several animals died Monday after a mobile home fire in Hickory.

A cat, a female dog and her five puppies died in the blaze at 512 10th Street SW in lot 8. No other injuries were reported.

Hickory Fire Department responded to the scene at 1:16 p.m., and firefighters found flames coming from the front of the structure.

They responded to the scene with two engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. The fire was under control at 1:43 p.m.

Thread trail master plan approved

December 20, 2010

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a master plan for a diverse collection of trails in the county and surrounding areas.

The approval qualifies Catawba County for future grant funding in the design, acquisition and construction of the master plan.

Catawba County senior planner Mary George and thread trail community coordinator Randi Gates presented the master plan to the Board of

Commissioners at its meeting Monday in the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.

The master plan contains nine priority segments and includes six routes in Catawba County.

Boards oppose ABC privatization

December 20, 2010

How liquor is sold in North Carolina could change in light of recent discussions about privatization of the state's Alcoholic Beverage and Control system.

Privatization, however, won't happen if area governance boards have their way.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution to support the continuance of the current ABC system, and it opposed efforts to privatize the system.

December 17th

Alleged rape reported

December 17, 2010

An alleged rape was reported Thursday in Conover.

Conover Police are investigating the incident, which allegedly occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said investigator John Little, of the Conover Police Department.

Little said the incident is a "family situation," and the victim knew the attacker. He declined to comment further about the people involved in the incident and where in Conover it allegedly occurred.

The event was reported Thursday about 5:45 p.m., and Little said there was no other physical violence involved besides the alleged rape.

'A heart for kids'

December 17, 2010

A paralyzing health condition didn't keep a 19-year-old Hickory resident from giving to others.

Amber Stewart, who has spinal muscular atrophy since birth, decided she wanted to help children by giving them Christmas presents they might not otherwise receive. Her project started off with the idea to give to patients at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, but plans changed. Catawba County Department of Social Services became the recipients of Stewart's gifts.

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