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September 8th, 2011

Claremont, Optimist talking again

September 9, 2011

Sometimes it takes extreme measures to create change.
After a “harsh” letter and a heated public discussion, Claremont’s city council and Optimist Club are once again communicating.

It has been four years since Claremont officials have heard from the club they have invested more than $200,000 in, but a clear-cut letter from city leaders finally drew some public discourse that has “re-opened” the lines of communication between the two groups.

The Claremont Optimist Club leases land at Frances Sigmon Park on Keisler Dairy Road for recreational leagues and activities for children.

Blue Devils drop second CVAC match

September 8, 2011

Despite early leads in the first and second games, Maiden lost a tough home conference volleyball match Wednesday to East Burke, 25-27, 25-27, 25-18, 19-25.

“We played well, but we made mistakes,” said Maiden coach Marsha Davis.

Leading the Lady Blue Devils (4-3, 3-2) was McKenzie Garrison, who had 23 kills and three digs. Alex Williams added 15 kills.

Maiden’s Hannah Martin and Kalie Johnson combined for 45 assists, while Rachel Houston had six blocks defensively.

September 7th

Tourism engines

September 8, 2011

These aren’t your granddad’s train sets.

The nation’s top train and landscape modelers are descending on Hickory this weekend for the 31st annual National Narrow Gauge Convention.

Event planners say the convention will bring more than 2,000 people to the Hickory area, and four area hotels are already full.

It is the first time the annual convention has been held in the southeast and world-renowned modelers will have large- and small-scale layouts for the public to view, said Matt Bumgarner, secretary of the local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Conover commits money for job development

September 8, 2011

Conover moved forward this week with financial commitments that may help create nearly 100 new jobs in the next several years. In exchange, the city will spend up to $181,000 of its money and a $750,000 grant on economic development projects at LEE Industries Inc. and Dalco Nonwovens.

Newton's downtown is "hot"

September 8, 2011

City of Newton offers free wireless Internet access in downtown area, public parks and city facilities.

Breakout box: Access City of Newton Free: Anyone using a computer or smart phone that has a wireless Internet adapter can access the network. Users must first acknowledge the city's Internet policy, then Internet access is free. The network is a secure network.

The city of Newton is getting hot, hot, hot.

Jacobs Fork Park is a hotspot, and so is the city pool. City hall is hot, and, in fact, the downtown Newton business district is one of the hottest spots in the city.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8, 2011

Allen Fielder Houck, 78, of Maiden, died Sept. 7, 2011 at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the  Houck family.

Fred Long Drum, 92, of East Maiden Road in Maiden, passed away Wednesday, Sept.7, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Sherrills Ford.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Drum Family.

Five vehicles involved in N.C. 16 wreck

September 7, 2011

A woman was flown by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital late Tuesday afternoon after her Oldsmobile hit a Catawba County Schools bus and three other vehicles on N.C. 16.

No children were on the bus at the time of the wreck. The crash, which happened near the entrance to Nancy and Udean Burke Christian Tours, caused traffic to back up in both directions for more than an hour and a half.

N-C wins, improves CVAC record to 3-0

September 7, 2011

Newton-Conover continued its great play on the volleyball court Tuesday against Bunker Hill.

The Lady Red Devils (6-1, 3-0) won their third-straight conference match, knocking off the Lady Bears in three games at home, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.

“They swung at us,” said N-C coach Linda Richards. “Bunker Hill was aggressive and played hard.”

Corbin Evans led the way for Newton-Conover with nine kills and seven aces.

Evans explained why her team has been successful.

September 6th

No space for state prisoners

September 7, 2011

North Carolina lawmakers want Catawba County to house its state prisoners in the future, but county officials say the extra inmates will be a “burden” and complicate years of “good planning.”

During this year’s summer session, legislators passed a Justice Reinvestment Act that allows the state to house its misdemeanant prisoners inside county jails. The agreement between the Department of Corrections and counties is voluntary and will be paid through state funds, but will require counties to house prisoners serving terms more than 90 days and up to 180 days.

Family gives Claremont building new life

September 7, 2011

A family of four is giving new life to an abandoned building in Claremont.

The family of Christy, Kemp, Parker and Tyler Sigmon will open Claremont Hardware and Farm Supply in October, a facility renovation of the former Claremont Wholesale building. In the process they hope to maintain jobs and increase city revenue.

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