January 20th, 2011
Improved customer service and convenience could come to Newton utility bill payers, but if it does, it will come at a price.
Newton City Council is considering plans to create an electronic bill payment option for city utility customers. Proposals introduced this week could give citizens the option of making bill payments online, in person at city hall with credit and debit cards, or both.
Writing a book about “Lost Hickory” was a natural for Leslie Keller. She was born and grew up in Catawba County, loves history and holds several degrees in history.
Keller serves as education coordinator/curator of collections for the Hickory Landmarks Society at Maple Grove Historical Museum in Hickory.
In fact, “Lost Hickory: A Compendium of Vanished Landmarks” has its origins in an earlier publication of the Hickory Landmarks Society.
The Red Devil defense suffocated the Wildcat offense Wednesday.
Newton-Conover (13-1, 7-0) forced 15 Draughn turnovers in the first half and got 13 points each from Quazzy Tipps and Shynese Whitener in the first and second halves, respectively, to pull away for the Catawba 2A victory.
The opening moments of the game were close, and the biggest lead for either team was three points.
With the score 13-10 in favor Newton-Conover, the Red Devils started to utilize their deep bench. N-C head coach Jonathan Tharpe said the change was due in part to the long week ahead.
Despite carrying a four-point lead into halftime, the Wildcats got the better of the Red Devils.
Cody Brown scored 19 points, and Adam Manns added 13 points in Draughn's thrilling overtime win.
Newton-Conover (6-8, 3-4) took the lead into halftime after Nick Carter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Carter led the Red Devils with 12 first half points.
Draughn (14-3, 5-2) clawed back to take a six-point lead with a strong third quarter. The Red Devils came back in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners approved an incentives package Tuesday for a Claremont manufacturing facility.
Commissioners entered into a joint economic agreement with Germany-based Poppelmann Plastics that gives the company incentives based on 67 percent of the increased tax on the company's Phase II facility, which is a 53,000-square-foot warehouse, for five years. The maximum grant total is $28,676 a year or $143,380 total.
When Newton leaders created a spending plan last summer, they hoped $250,000 would be enough money to fix one storm sewer culvert in the city.
On Tuesday city leaders learned that their budgeted sum won't fix one culvert on Ashe Avenue.
It will fix three.
In addition to addressing a crumbling culvert on North Ashe Avenue, Newton leaders approved construction and financing plans that will also replace culverts on North Frye Avenue and East 18th Street, as well.
Curtis Lindsey Springs, 68, of Catawba, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
The Springs family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover.
Sybil Virginia Wray Becker, 85, of Conover, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover.
Michael Neely is no fortune teller, but he works in the future on a daily basis.
Instead of gazing into a crystal ball, he peers at a computer screen, a digital sign or an iPad and accesses the future with a swipe of his finger.
The time of immediately accessible, completely customizable knowledge isn't far into the future, and if you ask Neely, he'll tell you the future is now.
"It's not so futuristic anymore," said Neely, 46, founder and owner of Blind Squirrel Digital in Newton.
Some experts say the country's economy is on the road to recovery.
But as long as there are people facing financial problems, there will be scammers who seek to take advantage of those in need.
"Before Christmas and during hard times or disasters, people seem to be more generous," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. "And you see scams pop up then."
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper advises state residents to be on the lookout for financial scams, especially during times of financial hardship.
An area crisis-assistance organization received a more than $1,000 grant Wednesday from a Newton business.
Representatives from Wells Fargo Advisors presented the Rev. Robert C. Silber, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries executive director, with a check for $1,020 to help the ministry continue with its crisis-assistance services.