July 21st, 2011
County commissioners recently approved a fund transfer that will help pay for a $30 million public safety expansion project.Â âšCommissioners appropriated $1,555,455 to the countyâs justice and public safety center expansion project that started about three years ago.
The expansion project will give the justice center more courtrooms and revitalize a 911 communications center that is in need of restoration, said Rodney Miller, Catawba County finance director over facilities.Â
Greensboroâs win over Hickory on the diamond Wednesday was as easy as 1-2-3.
The Grasshoppers (13-13, 53-43) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-4 win over the Crawdads (17-9, 57-37).
Hickory first basemen Andrew Clark, the reigning South Atlantic League player of the week, continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 in the game to raise his batting average to .307.
Wilbur Hayden Ennis, 86, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Ennis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
After nearly five years in business, The Artist's Cafe will permanently close its doors in downtown Newton. The restaurant's closure will impact 20 employees when the business officially ceases operation on Saturday.
"I never wanted to leave this town. I put five years into this business," said The Artist's Cafe owner Louis Demarhos, adding the decision is heart-breaking. "We made a lot of great friends here."
Hundreds of area citizens are crowding into Catawba Valley Community Collegeâs registration offices this week to sign up for classes for the coming fall semester.
Enrollment at the community college has steadily increased during the past several years, with administrators seeing about a 24 percent increase since 2007. But the same way attendance has grown, funding from the state has shrunk, putting school leaders in a bind to produce more resources with less cash.
In the last fiscal year, worldwide conglomerates, like Apple Inc., have made million-dollar investments in Catawba County municipalities. In that same time, homegrown companies, like Lee Industries and Dalco Nonwovens, announced and enacted planned growth to their businesses â bringing more jobs and revenue to the local and county governments.
In total, the county saw about $47.5 million invested and 800 jobs created during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Authorities arrested a Claremont man on Saturday after they caught the convicted sex offender using a social media website unlawfully.
Andrew Dorsey, 23, of 2895 Wilderness Trace in Claremont, was arrested and charged with felony use of a social website by a sex offender after a Catawba County sheriffâs deputy found the manâs personal Facebook page.
Dorsey was given a secured bond of $4,000, but was not in jail as of press time Wednesday.
Children of all ages are piling into the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton this week to recite 16th century old English and have fun doing it.
The playhouse is playing host to the 14th annual Summer Shakespeare Theatre Institute, a week-long day camp that gives first-grade through 12th-grade students the chance to watch, practice and perform classic theatre.
David Brown and Jonathon Ray started the institute 14 years ago.
âTheatre and acting itself builds learning skills,â Brown said.
For the second straight year, a Newton boy will represent his city and state in the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Nine-year-old Caleb Atkinson will race as the only rally champion from
North Carolina in the Super Stock division at the 74th edition of the Derby this Saturday, which is held in Akron, Ohio.
The Derby features around 500 of the greatest soap box champions from around the World.
âIâm more relaxed than the first time I went,â Atkinson said. âI know what to do. Last time, I had someone guiding me that I knew from Huntersville. Iâm way more relaxed than nervous.â
An outside driver's education business will operate Catawba County Schools' program starting in the 2011-12 school year to avoid charging students a fee.
After the N.C. General Assembly allocated CCS $198 per child for driver's education, the Board of Education faced two options â charge students $45 to keep the program in-house or enter into an agreement with an outside driver's education program to teach students to drive.
"The way the bill is written, it's made our options very limited," CCS board member Sherry Butler said of legislation's binding CCS driver's education allotment.