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October 7th, 2010

$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.

Carillon expands Garden Place

October 6, 2010

Carillon Assisted Living in Newton expanded its Garden Place wing and new residents are expected to move-in today.
The Garden Place, which is Carillon's Alzheimer's unit, went from holding 24 beds to  44 beds for residents with a memory-impaired disease. Carillon Executive Director Chris Alex said the growing need for an Alzheimer's facility encouraged staff to expand.
"The need in Catawba County (is why we chose to expand)," Alex said. "There is definitely a need (for an Alzheimer's facility)."

I-40 backed up

October 6, 2010

Traffic is backed up on westbound Interstate 40 on Wednesday near the 135 mile marker following a car crash.
The wreck occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. near the interstate overpass. According the Catawba County emergency workers, the passengers in the car complained of neck pain, but there were no serious injuries.

October 5th

Business park set for Conover

October 5, 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.

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