June 21st, 2011
Maiden residents will see a one cent tax break during the next fiscal year that will save town members nearly $80,000.
The new tax rate of 39 cents per $100 of valuation will be the lowest municipal tax rate in Catawba County, said Maiden Town Manager Todd Herms.
Maidenâ€™s town council unanimously approved its new tax rate and $13,014,565 budget Monday night with no comments from the public. Â
â€śThis is roughly the same budget from last year, but there is a one cent tax decrease,â€ť Herms said.
Roaline Gilbert Canipe, 77, of Conover, passed away Monday, June 20, 2011, at her residence. The Canipe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
William Lee “Bo” Byrd III, 62, of Hickory, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.
The Byrd family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.
Before youth and adults from Carolina Cross Connection arrived at Pattie Patrickâ€™s house Wednesday, the Newton resident said her linoleum floor was riddled with holes.
â€śI kept getting big splinters in my feet when I walked around the living room,â€ť said Patrickâ€™s daughter Dawn, holding up her hands to illustrate a five-inch fragment of floor. â€śIt was all torn up.â€ť
Patrickâ€™s house, a Habitat for Humanity home constructed in the early 90s, had floor issues stretching from the living room all the way throughout the hallways â€” damage that Patrick said she could not afford to fix.
Area citizens will pay more for their garbage pickup next year to offset increasing costs for fuel and operations.
Catawba County Commissioners approved a fee increase from Garbage Disposal Service Monday night that will cost the average homeowner $3.36 more annually, said Barry Edwards, director of utilities and engineering for the county. The increase will also affect commercial dumpsters for unincorporated businesses, hiking their rates anywhere from $1 to $8.46 a month depending on how many dumpsters the business has and how often they are dumped, Edwards said.
Catawba County's chief assistant district attorney was arrested and charged with a DWI Tuesday.
Eric Bellas was arrested at about 2 a.m. by Sunset Beach Police and taken to Brunswick County jail. From Bellas' mug shot, he appears to have many facial injuries.
Bellas was released at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.
CONCORD (AP) â€” Gov. Beverly Perdue is waving the green flag to make stock car racing North Carolina's official sport.
Perdue planned to visit Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday and sign a bill that makes official the state's close and longstanding connection with the popular pastime.
Elementary school students urged legislators to place stock car racing on the list of state superlatives â€” the state bird is already the cardinal, the turtle is the state reptile and the sweet potato the official vegetable.
GREENSBORO (AP) â€” John Edwards' defense team is slated to be in a federal court in North Carolina to talk with prosecutors about evidence and motions in preparation for trial on charges of campaign finance law violations.
Court records show the hearing scheduled late Tuesday morning in Greensboro. It was not immediately clear if Edwards will appear in court with his attorneys.
Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education announces a new meeting schedule.
The Board will now meet the first and second Mondays of each month. The first Monday will be the work session meeting held at the NCCS Central Office, and the second Monday will be the regular board meeting held at the 1924 Courthouse.
For July, the board will have one meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. July 11 at the 1924 Courthouse.
The meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to speak at the July 11 BOE meeting needs to sign the open forum sign-in sheet posted at the second-floor entrance door.
A local retirement community is voicing concern about plans to expand N.C. 16 to four lanes.
Officials from United Church Homes and Services and Abernethy Laurels said Monday the proposed divided highway will create significant safety hazards for many individuals for a variety of reasons.
The next phase of the decade-long N.C. 16 widening project will expand the two-lane portion of N.C. 16 north of Tower Road to Claremont Road to four lanes. Most of the 8.2-mile stretch of highway will have a median separating the north and south directions.
State officials recently passed a bill that gives gun owners the right to use deadly force on unlawful intruders and allows for more access to concealed firearms across the state.
Under the new bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Mark Hilton, citizens will be able to fire at intruders lawfully under "a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,â€ť according to the bill. The bill would protect in-danger citizens at work or while being carjacked, as well.