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June 2nd, 2011

Conover gets $333K grant for Conover Station park

June 2, 2011

Conover was one of 26 state municipalities to receive a grant for its Conover Station park.

State officials announced the award of $7.6 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Conover received $333,744, from the grant program.

"I want to thank our staff for preparing such a great grant application," said Conover Mayor pro Tem Kyle Hayman. "Conover was competing with 80 grant applications across the state and only 26 received funding. I think this says a lot about our project, and I appreciate our state officials for recognizing the value of Conover Station."

Newton to consider $40M budget

June 2, 2011

After tweaking budget numbers the past two weeks, Newton City Council is preparing to consider a budget plan that will leave property taxes, and water and sewer rates unchanged for the year ahead.

The $40 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 will also provide a 1 percent cost-of-living increase for city employees, although it will also make dental insurance optional and raise other health insurance rates on employees' dependents. The proposed budget will increase electric customers' rates 5.5. percent.

Elisa pleads 'not guilty' to federal drug charges

June 2, 2011

A North Carolina woman charged with killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter has pleaded not guilty to unrelated drug charges in federal court.

U.S. Magistrate David Kessler on Thursday ordered that 42-year-old Elisa Baker be held without bond. No trial date has been set.

Prosecutors say Baker distributed and planned to distribute drugs including oxycodone and hydrocodone between 2006 and 2010. They also say she conspired with others to distribute drugs.

Baker faces seven counts. Conviction on all the charges could bring a prison sentence of up to 140 years.

Reuse warehouse provides lifelong opportunities

June 2, 2011

At first glance, the ReSource warehouse at 451 11th St. NW looks like an immense compilation of random stuff.

Along one aisle, hundreds of multi-colored fabrics line the shelves next to leather and vinyl straps. Turning to the right, you will see a multitude of glass ranging from fine stem ware to broken plates and bowls. Turn once more and you will find a complete collection of top-notch latex paints along with an on-site paint mixer.

The array of miscellaneous items goes on forever.

Students Promote Dangers of Distracted Driving

June 2, 2011

Four Maiden High School students were treated to an afternoon of limousine rides and Olive Garden cuisine instead of study sessions and school lunches. 

Seniors Rebecca Gates and Matt Ellis, along with juniors John Kirby and Taylor Abshire, weren’t skipping class to enjoy their afternoon out; they were being rewarded for winning first place in the Distracted Driving Video Contest.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011

Geraldine Valentine Stout, 93, of Newton, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  No services are planned at this time.

Paula Fox Townsend, 55, of Hickory, died Friday, May 27, 2011. The Townsend family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home, Hickory.

June 1st

County officials meet in public sessions

June 1, 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.

Local firefighters respond to Hudson explosion

June 1, 2011

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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1, 2011

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.

May 31st

No school merger in Catawba County

May 31, 2011

Catawba County's school systems are safe from a consolidation — 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.

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