October 4th, 2010
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.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday an appointment to fill the board's vacant seat.
The Board appointed Randy Isenhower, a candidate for commissioner in the general election, to fill the seat vacated when commissioner Glenn Barger resigned effective Sept. 30.
Catawba County Clerk Barbara E. Morris swore in Isenhower immediately following the appointment. Isenhower's wife, Carmen, held the Bible, while his parents, Stine and Carolyn Isenhower, stood to his right.
Dr. Henry Lee Reaves, 80, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Reaves family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Theresa Marie LaMarre, 72, of Hickory, formerly of North Adams, Mass., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory with the Rev. Gary Patterson officiating.
Gary Hallberg started the Sundayâ€™s final round five shots behind Fred Couples, and he started making up ground early. Hallberg birdied the first hole on his way to a final-round 61 and his first win on the Champions Tour.
"So this is what it feels like to win," he said to members of the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation. "Shaking hands and kissing babies."
CONOVER (AP) â€” Peter Senior eagled the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Tom Kite at the Ensure Classic on Friday.
The 51-year-old Australian eagled the 18th hole in windy conditions at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa to take his first lead on the Champions Tour.
â€śI played pretty good today,â€ť Senior said. â€śIt was a good ball-striking round, which I havenâ€™t done the last four or five weeks.â€ť
The Hickory Red Tornadoes controlled their game from the start Friday at Fred T. Foard. Hickory won the opening coin toss, elected to receive, and their offense quickly went to work.
Hickory scored on its first two drives and led 14-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game. It rode a wave of offense and used a tight defense Friday night to earn a 53-13 win over Foard.
â€śIt was a good win for us, and this is something weâ€™ve been waiting on for a while,â€ť said Hickory head coach John Worley.Â