June 1st, 2011
Catawba County Commissioners met Tuesday in public sessions to iron out a 2011-12 budget.
Catawba County officials are considering eliminating fire alarm mutual aid funding to the 14 fire departments in the county. The funding, about $2,400 to each department annually, has been around for 40 years and has "no history," said County Manager Tom Lundy.
A public hearing is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m. in the 1924 Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.
When multiple explosions triggered a raging fire at a chemical storage facility in Hudson on Saturday, Caldwell County called out for help.
Caldwell firefighters were battling a blaze that was out of control at the RPM Wood Finishes Group plant, so they put out a call to Catawba County firefighters for additional personnel.
In less than an hour, more than 50 Catawba County firefighters and 10 apparatuses were headed to Hudson to assist.
Martha Sue Stiles Travis, 54, of Claremont, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at her residence. The Travis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Melisa Irene Smith, 54, of Mt. Holly, passed away at her residence Monday, May 30, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Smith family.
Catawba County's school systems are safe from a consolidation â€” at least for the 2011-12 budget year.
The Senate's proposed budget will fund the state's 115 school systems, which includes counties with more than one school district.
Sen. Austin Allran said the proposal to fund one school system per county was removed from the Senate's plan last week with bipartisan support. However, Allran said the state will have to take a $13 million cut in another area of its budget.
A Conover dentist previously charged with Medicaid fraud closed her clinic doors and left Catawba County.
Dr. Letitia Ballance operated Carolina West Dental in Conover. In a letter dated April 11, Ballance informed her patients she was no longer going to operate in Catawba County after April 15. In the letter, Ballance said the business' closing is "a result of the continued struggling economy."
Ballance did not return phone calls to The O-N-E seeking comment.
However, Ballance's dental clinic closing brings satisfaction to at least one county resident.
At 15 years old, Kaylee Dowell has completed the triple crown of junior gymnastics.
Dowell, a freshman at Fred T. Foard, scored 37.5 points out of a possible 40 during the Level 9 Junior Olympic Eastern National Championships earlier this month in Worcester, Mass.
The competition included four events â€” floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.
She adds the J.O. Eastern National title to the two championship victories in April â€” a North Carolina state title in Greenville and a regional title in New Orleans.
As the May heat scorched about Claremont City Park, Chester E. Deal just smiled.
The crowd of 100 or so area citizens was quickly leaving the annual Memorial Day ceremony to escape the 90-degree heat, but Deal and his family lingered around to take a few photos.
Deal, 92, who now uses a wheelchair to get around, looked over at a large stone wall next to the Veterans Memorial at the city park and read "Chester Ellis Deal â€” Merchant Marines."
He looked at his family and smiled, knowing that his service to the country will forever be etched in stone.
For the 32nd season, the Catawba County Hornets prepare to compete on the gridiron.
The former club team of Lenoir-Rhyne will trying to improve upon its 9-6 record and fifth-place finish in the Central Carolinas Football League from a season ago.
Doug Fry, owner and coach for the Hornets, has been a part of the team for every season of its existence.
â€śWe are a club football team,â€ť Fry said. â€śWe arenâ€™t semi-pro because they donâ€™t get paid to play. So it doesnâ€™t hurt their eligibility. They're still eligible to go to college.â€ť
Barbara Ann Burris Moser, 70, of Claremont, died Friday, May 27, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Moser family.
Martha Travis, 54, of Claremont, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover.
Freedom comes at a cost. The American Legion Post 48 remembered the men and women Sunday who helped bring freedom to the nation.
With the sounds of a jet flying over a crowd of about 75 people, veterans and community members looked up with one thing in mind â€“ remembrance of those sounds during a time of war when many lives were lost so Americans can live freely. These sounds and memories define Memorial Day.