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October 5th, 2010
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation is at it again, but this time, they are moving dirt in Conover.
The county's new multi-jurisdictional park will be located in Conover after Conover City Council unanimously approved Monday to let Catawba County EDC purchase 159 acres of land at 3660 Lai-Ber Drive and 3720 Lai-Ber Drive near N.C. 16 and Northern Drive. The property was zoned as residential, but after City Council's meeting Monday, the property is now zoned for campus, office and institutional use.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness, but for Katheryn Harlan, breast cancer awareness is an everyday passion.
Harlan is the founder and president of Through Healing Eyes, a local breast cancer awareness group that raises money for treatment, prevention and education.
Harlan started the group seven years ago, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine screening.
"I realized there are a lot of people in this area who are affected (by breast cancer)," she said.
Catawba County will have a new sheriff after the Nov. 2 election, and two candidates think they have the qualifications to keep county residents safe, despite a tough economy.
Candidates for Catawba County sheriff Doris Kirby and Coy Reid participated in a question-and-answer political forum Monday at Maiden High School. Each candidate was given two questions to answer. The questions dealt with specific issues, which the new sheriff will encounter after election.
These questions included:
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.