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January 27th, 2011

Newton works to fill city clerk post

January 27, 2011

After receiving almost 140 applications for Newton's vacant city clerk position, the city's manager is paring down the applicant pool in hopes of making a hire next month.

The city clerk position is among a few job openings the city is currently advertising.

Horses benefit country's heroes

January 27, 2011

Heaven. Prophet. Miracle.

The words alone inspire and uplift.

And when those words are attached to 1,000-pound horses, their ability to do seemingly impossible things only grows.

Heaven, Prophet and Miracle are three therapy horses at Rising Hope Farms in Claremont. The farm specializes in therapeutic riding to help individuals overcome or manage physical disabilities, emotional issues and developmental delays.

The latest group of people to benefit from Rising Hope Farm is men and women serving in the country's armed forces.

Thief steals store's security footage

January 27, 2011

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is looking for an unknown suspect who broke into a store and stole cash from a Conover store.

An employee from the Dollar General on N.C. 16 North in Conover arrived at work Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and discovered something wasn't right.

"She came in that morning and noticed the alarm wasn't working," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

The employee walked to the store's office area, which was ransacked and covered in muddy footprints. That's when she called the sheriff's office.

January 26th

Students AVID for learning

January 26, 2011

Students and administrators in Newton-Conover City Schools talked with system officials Monday about the benefits of a middle- and high-school learning program, hoping the initiative won't fall victim to budget cuts during the system's upcoming budgeting process.

Newton-Conover middle and high school principals Jim Elliott and Kevin Campbell, as well as students involved in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, spoke with the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education about the program's value during the board's Monday night meeting.

EDC plans for more jobs, investments

January 26, 2011

During fiscal year 2009-10, companies announced investments in Catawba County totaling more than $1 billion.

Those investments amount to 1,495 new jobs and 702 officially retained jobs, according to a recent publication from the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.

EDC president Scott Millar said the county accomplished a lot in the previous fiscal year, but there's still a lot to be done before confidence returns completely to the area.

Traffic stop leads to gun, drug charges

January 26, 2011

Two Hickory men face gun and drug charges after Lincoln County sheriff's deputies stopped the men for speeding.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement unit was conducting traffic surveillance on U.S. 321 in Lincolnton about 4 p.m. Friday.

Officers saw a burgundy Ford Excursion traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies stopped the Ford Excursion, which had Virginia license plates, at mile marker 25. Five people were in the vehicle at the time.

Organizations take homeless count

January 26, 2011

Catawba County participated in a homeless count Wednesday to determine the number of people living day-to-day on area streets.

Troy Jones, 47, of Hickory, is one of those people. He has been homeless for about nine months after he lost his landscaping job.

"It hit me hard," Jones said. "I couldn't pay my rent."

Jones was one of many people who came to be counted Wednesday at Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, one of five counting locations throughout Catawba County.

January 25th

Budget could cost teachers $800K

January 25, 2011

Catawba County Schools' teachers may not see their performance-based supplement for the 2011-12 school year.

In CCS interim superintendent Glenn Barger's proposed local budget for the upcoming school year, the largest cut is $800,000, from the instruction performance category. The reduction comes from a lack of county funding, he said. If the reduction is approved, it may protect teaching positions.

"All county agencies were told to cut 5 percent," Barger said. "That is painful."

Crisis services need help

January 25, 2011

It's no secret that these are hard times for Catawba County residents.

But what some people may not know is that these are also hard times for the organizations who serve the county's needy residents.

Crisis services at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries increased about 40 percent from this time last year, according to the Rev. Robert Silber, ECCCM executive director. The ministry provided 317 services Monday, which increased from 232 during the same time last year.

Catawba man charged in marina break-ins

January 25, 2011

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Saturday for multiple counts of felony breaking and entering, and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that the men could face additional charges for similar break-ins in the Sherrills Ford community.

Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 30, of Catawba, and Richard Allen Champion Jr., 22, of Lincolnton, were each charged with 18 counts of felony breaking and entering a watercraft, one count of felony conspiracy to commit larceny and one count of felony larceny.

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