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August 30th, 2010
A fast food restaurant was closed Sunday after a fire in the building’s electrical panel caused about $20,000 in damage.
Hickory Fire Department responded at 1:53 p.m. to the McDonalds restaurant at 2511 N. Center St. after receiving reports of a fire in the restaurant’s basement, said Terri Byers of the Hickory Fire Department.
The building was evacuated before 13 Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene.
Catawba County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a car crash Friday and later arrested the driver for burglary.
Derik Eugene Lackey, 25, of Hickory, is charged with first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering after officers found stolen items in Lackey’s vehicle once it crashed on N.C. 127 South.
Deputies say Lackey allegedly stole more than $2,600 in goods from the Three Way Superette at 5159 N.C. 127 South in Hickory.
From 27-inch TVs to wheelchairs and clothing, Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley’s thrift store has it all.
“I think the timing was perfect because of the economy,” said Hugh Cating, PCHCV director of planned giving. “People need a little extra help.”
PCHCV’s thrift store, located on U.S. 321 near Ham’s restaurant, opened July 6. The PCHCV Board of Directors entertained the idea of a thrift store for awhile, Cating said, and they finally decided to take the plunge several months ago.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education hired a retired superintendent to serve as its interim until a permanent superintendent is employed.
The Board of Education approved to hire Glenn Barger at a vote of 5-1 Monday in a special meeting. Board member Sherry Butler opposed Barger's hire. Member Carolyn Connor was not present at the meeting.
Two area law enforcement agencies were awarded more than $57,000 in grant funds to purchase updated equipment for crime prevention and control.
Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office received the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant (JAG) from the United States Department of Justiceâ€™s Office of Justice program.
The JAG grant, given to HPD and the sheriffâ€™s office Aug. 18, is awarded annually based on a cityâ€™s population in comparison with its crime statistics.
Mike Propst, of Claremont, chows down Friday on a plate of 50 chicken wings at Untouchables in Conover during a wing-eating contest with his friend Brian Hardy, of Claremont. The men wanted to see how many wings they could eat in 30 minutes after watching an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” television show. “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman ate 50 wings in 30 minutes, and Propst and Hardy wanted to see how their abilities compared with Richman’s. Propst finished 36 wings in 28 minutes, and Hardy finished 27 wings in 30 minutes.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education is close to naming an interim superintendent.
On Friday, the board met at Crowe and Davis, a firm in Conover where CCS attorney Crystal Davis works. The closed-session meeting was to discuss interim superintendent candidates.
The board recessed its meeting in the afternoon Friday to reconvene Monday at 4 p.m. at Crowe and Davis, 121 First Ave. South in Conover.
"Several board members had conflicts and had to leave (Friday's meeting)," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer.
The University Christian High School Barracudas had their first pep rally Thursday to prepare for an upcoming girlâ€™s volleyball game.
And while the Lady Barracudas played Thursday night, UCHS officials met with parents to discuss plans for the schoolâ€™s new facility.
â€śThis is for kids who are really, really motivated and fairly mature,â€ť said UCHS Principal Jerry Willard. â€śThis is fulfilling the mission of education in Catawba County.â€ť
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley was recognized Friday as one of 97 models for workplace safety in North Carolina.
The center was presented the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate by North Carolina Transportation Commissioner Cherie K. Berry.
â€śThank you, thank you for everything you do,â€ť Berry told Hospice employees at a reception Friday.
Berry experienced Hospice services first hand when her mother was care for in the hospice center in Caldwell County.
The Main Library in Newton is expected to open its children and teen sections next week following repairs for extensive water damage.
Heavy rain on Aug. 18 and 19 caused water to leak inside the library, which damaged several paperback books, as well as the libraryâ€™s carpet and molding around the ceiling.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,â€ť said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.
The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
â€śAmazingly, very few books were damaged,â€ť Reed said. â€śWater just came in and poured down on the area.â€ť