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March 11th, 2011

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March 11, 2011

Bennett O’Neal Harris, 71, of Maiden, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Harris family. 

Rosemarie Theresa Arendain, 73, of Newton, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at her residence.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Huntersville. The Rev. Jimmy Howard will officiate.

Careers come to life at Tuttle

March 11, 2011

A private pilot. A graphic designer. A dog groomer.

They are all employed in Catawba County, and they all came to Tuttle Elementary School's annual career day.

Representatives from about 20 different local careers arrived in Maiden on Friday to educate students about the skills, education and character it takes to be part of the workforce.

March 10th

State runner-up Lilly looks to repeat success

March 10, 2011

As high school conference golf season gets ready to kick off next week, one golfer has his sights set on the 2A State Tournament.

Thomas Lilly, who finished as a runner-up in the tournament last season as a freshman, will try to better that performance this season.

Last year’s finish was the culmination so far of Lilly’s 12-year competitive golfing career.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 10, 2011

William “Bill” A. Beasley, 73, of Hickory, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The family of Mr. Beasley have entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.

 

AWOL soldier arrested

March 10, 2011

Catawba County sheriff's deputies arrested a Florida man Thursday who is wanted by United States military officers.

Michael Joseph Hinrichs, 31, was charged with being a fugitive when officers located him for the United States Army. The Army had a felony warrant for Hinrichs' arrest because Hinrichs was allegedly absent from duty without leave.

Hinrichs was living in Catawba when deputies arrested him Thursday about 2 a.m. and transported him to Catawba County jail.

He is being held with no bond until military officers arrive to take him into custody.

Living with HIV: Walking a road to recovery, sharing experiences

March 10, 2011

Hope is the one thing Steve Daniels gained in life and the one characteristic he tries to pass on to other people.

Daniels, 62, is HIV-positive and has dealt with the disease for 25 years.

"I've been infected so long," he said. "I've seen a whole lot of death and hopelessness. I try to encourage people not to give up and to just hold on."

Drugs and alcohol

Daniels used injected drugs, which led to his contracting HIV or human immunodeficiency virus. Daniels was in college when he started using heroin. As drug use progressed, he started injecting drugs for a faster fix.

Appeal results mailed today

March 10, 2011

The informal appeals process in the county's property revaluation ends today as results are mailed to residents who appealed their property value.

The Catawba County Tax Office reviewed informal appeals from property owners who disputed the market value appraisers established during the valuation process.

The county received 5,455 appeals as of March 7. Those appeals represent about 6.33 percent of the county's more than 80,000 parcels, according to Catawba County tax administrator Mark Logan.

Charter school bill evolves

March 10, 2011

As the proposed bill to lift the state's cap on charter schools continues to evolve, opponents to the legislation say it won't protect already-strained resources in the school system.

The battle over charter school funding is far from finished for schools in Catawba County, whose leaders argue that Senate Bill 8 could take away more students and funding from school systems.

"It's the worst time to create a process of opening new schools, because we can't take care of the ones we've got now," said Newton-Conover City Schools superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond.

Council visits Raleigh

March 10, 2011

Several city council members and some concerned citizens traveled to Raleigh Wednesday for a chance to speak to elected officials about current issues impacting Catawba County.

Representatives from Conover city government and the American Postal Workers Union spoke with the county's representatives to let their voices and opinions about job loss and budgetary concerns be heard.

The trip started as a trip to visit the state capital for Textile Day, but when the event was canceled, Conover's representatives decided to continue the trip.

March 9th

Lampe, Choi try to lead Red Devils back to a state championship

March 9, 2011

The Newton-Conover boys’ tennis team is looking to repeat their 2010 season and give the program another state title.

The Red Devils finished with a 26-0 record last season, including a 14-0 mark in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.

Leading the charge this season will be the doubles team of Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe. The two tennis players were on separate teams in the state championship doubles match.

Choi played with senior Will Huggins, while Lampe played with senior Dillon Cervantez. Choi and Huggins defeated Lampe and Cervantez, 6-3, 6-2, to claim the championship.

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