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October 8th, 2010

Gospel Fest canceled

October 8, 2010

Newton's Gospel Fest is canceled for a lack of interest.
The annual festival, which is usually held in December, was moved to Oct. 10 as an outdoor event at Southside Park in Newton.
"We have usually done (the Gospel Fest) before at Christmas, and we had great success there," said Marcie Winkler, administrative assistant for Newton Parks and Recreation. "We tried something different this year with an outdoor event."
Winkler said about three groups registered for this Sunday's event, but is about half of the groups participating in the usual indoor holiday festival.

October 7th

Broadband brings Perdue to Hickory

October 7, 2010

Broadband coverage in western North Carolina is expanding.
N.C. Governor Bev Perdue will arrive in Hickory on Friday for the groundbreaking ceremony where nonprofit MCNC will expand its broadband service for the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).
The project will improve broadband service to 1,232 K-12 schools and 55 higher-learning institutions, including North Carolina-system universities.
CommScope in Hickory will provide materials for the project, including more than 500 miles of optic fiber and 1,000 miles of conduit.

'The King, I' opens Friday

October 7, 2010

The Green Room Community Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" opens Friday at 8 p.m. at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. The cast, including Gina McWhirter, as English governess Anna, rehearses nightly for the opening performance. The musical chronicles the relationships between Anna, the King of Siam and the king's extended family as they struggle to balance eastern and western cultures.

$3K bike - for free

October 7, 2010

Bryan Miller was in the market to buy a new bicycle.
Little did he know that his new bicycle frame would be the same frame used by Tour de France greats Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.
Miller, 52, of Conover, entered the In It to Win It: 21 Frames in 21 Days competition at Lightning Cycles in Conover, and he won it - a carbon-fiber Tarmac SL3 bike frame valued at $3,000.
"I thought it was a hoax," he said. "I still did until today."
Miller picked up his new bike frame Thursday at Lightning Cycles, and he still couldn't believe his good luck.

Commission candidates discuss education, incentives

October 7, 2010

Three seats are up for election on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, with five people vying for the positions.
Three candidates, Kitty Barnes, Lynn Lail and Randy Isenhower, currently serve on the Board of Commissioners, and candidates Carolyn Jones Connor and Crystal D. Smith are hoping for their chance to represent county citizens.
Candidates gathered at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum Monday for a chance to speak their minds about important issues, such as jobs and education, in Catawba County.
The questions included:

October 6th

Jobs recruitment continues in Newton

October 6, 2010

Without any big job announcements during recent months, it may seem that all is quiet on the economic development front in Newton.
Catawba County's top economic recruiter said that's hardly the case.

Hats on for cancer

October 6, 2010

Maiden Middle School students are trying to stay one step ahead of cancer.
The school participated Wednesday in national Mad Hatter Day to raise money for cancer awareness and prevention. Students paid $1 to wear a hat during the day, and through the donations, the school raised $455.29.
"If (students) learn that lesson at this age, it becomes a lifelong trend," said Nan Van Hoy, Maiden Middle principal.

Apple pays $1.7 million to couple

October 6, 2010

A Maiden couple received $1.7 million from Apple Inc. for their property near the company's new facility.
Donnie and Kathy Fulbright, who lived in their Maiden home for 34 years, originally declined Apple's offer to buy their home. They agreed to sell for $1.7 million, county records show, opting to leave the single-story house on the less than 1 acre of land they bought for $6,000, according to Bloomberg News.

Reading room gets a facelift

October 6, 2010

An area elementary school has a new reading room due to the collaboration of parents, teachers and several hard-working Boy Scouts.
Boy Scout Coan McAlpine, 14, decided to take on the Clyde Cambell Elementary School guided-reading room as his Eagle Scout project.
McAlpine wanted to paint the room and build shelves to house books and other supplies, but he knew he couldn't complete the project alone.
"There were a lot of projects I thought about, but this one just seemed to be one of the ones that fit what we wanted to do," he said.

What makes a good leader?

October 6, 2010

Catawba County Schools continues its search for a new superintendent, and newly elected members of the Board of Education will be part of that search.
Candidates for the board spoke Monday at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum about the qualities they value in a leader for Catawba County Schools. Candidates also discussed how and where to make cuts in the school system's budget.

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