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March 28th, 2011

Electric fees could increase

March 28, 2011

Maiden electrical customers could see an increase in their rates after a decision from ElectriCities to pass on higher rates to municipalities.
The details of that increase are left to representatives from 19 cities and towns served by Electricities in piedmont and western North Carolina.

All North Carolina Municipal Power Agency 1 (NCMPA1) member cities and towns face a rate increase, and the decision falls on board members as to how much and when those increases will happen.

March 25th

Panthers beat Tigers under weird circumstances

March 25, 2011

Hibriten knocked off previously unbeaten Fred T. Foard on Friday in one of the most unusual softball games.

The game featured a no-hitter through four innings, two key injuries to the Lady Tigers (8-1, 3-1) and a nine-run seventh inning for Hibriten (6-4, 2-2).

Tuesday, March 26, 2011

March 25, 2011

Nicholas “Nick” Robert Brendle, 26, of Charlotte, formerly of Maiden, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at his residence.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Brendle family.

Lola Loftin Whitworth, 91, of Newton, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011.  The Whitworth family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Internet helps catch criminals

March 25, 2011

Murder suspect Everette Hewitt's picture appeared on Catawba County's Facebook page on March 15 at 9:17 p.m. Twelve hours later, Hewitt was in jail.

Catawba County posted Hewitt's photo and physical description on its Facebook site as more than 100 sheriff's deputies searched for Hewitt near the Claremont area.

Less than 30 minutes after the picture went online, the Facebook message received a comment posting a reported sighting of Hewitt on Emmanuel Church Road, near where Hewitt allegedly shot three people and injured another.

City council, school board to meet

March 25, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education and Conover City Council will have scheduled meetings this upcoming week. CCS will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Monday in the Annex Boardroom, 2285 N. Anderson Ave. in Newton.

Conover City Council's a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Conover City Hall.

All agendas are subject to change. All meetings are open to the public and offer time public comments.

Catawba County Schools

Superintendent Glenn Barger will give a 2011-12 school calendar update.

The Board will consider the following items for approval:

64 years of furniture in Newton

March 25, 2011

For nearly 64 years, Pete Kirby has been a merchant in downtown Newton.

First working as an employee for Alman's Home Furnishings and then owning the furniture retail business, he's helped residents throughout eastern Catawba County establish their households.

Now, giant yellow signs outside Alman's showrooms on East First Street herald a retirement sale and Kirby's plans to step away from the business' day-to-day operations.

But it isn't the first time he's stepped away from the store.

March 24th

Trojans down Devils to take first-place

March 24, 2011

Bandys defeated Maiden on the softball diamond Thursday in a showdown of two of the top teams in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.

Taylor Sigmon was 4-for-4, and Katie Carpenter had two doubles and three RBIs in the Lady Trojans' win.

"It was a very competitive game," said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. "I was very impressed with Maiden and how they hit the ball. They were sound defensively. Their pitcher moved the ball around well. I was proud of our girls for using the opposite field. We persevered today."

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 24, 2011

James “Boe “Ross Stamper, 47, of Lincolnton, went home to be with the Lord and his Mom and Dad on March 22, 2011.  The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.

William Hardy Edmondson, 80, of Claremont, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The Edmondson family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Town plans first sidewalk sale

March 24, 2011

The town of Catawba is planning its first town-wide sidewalk sale to help people get a jump-start on spring cleaning.

The inaugural event is set for May 21 in downtown Catawba from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Planning for the event started in December with the Catawba Small Town committee, which is part of the town's Main Street Program.

"The committee's main goal is to enhance and beautify the town," said Catawba Town Manager Brian Barnett. "That's what we're hoping to do."

2 workers fired after $3K theft

March 24, 2011

Two Hickory Public Services workers were fired and four more were suspended after more than $3,000 of materials was stolen from a city demolition site.

Hickory Public Works department took action against the six employees Monday after allegations of possible employee misconduct surfaced during the demolition of Ridgeview and George Ivey pools, according to a statement released from the city of Hickory.

Hickory Police Department said copper and other materials valued at $3,931.25 were stolen from the demolition sites and taken to scrap metal processor Mountain Recycling in Hickory.

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