June 6th, 2011
Catawba County Commissioners approved their $196 million fiscal year
2011-12 budget Monday, a 2.81 percent reduction from this year's
Commissioners unanimously agreed to pass a budget that will lower the
property tax rate by one half cent to 53 cents per $100 of valuation.
The county's budget will impact about 34 jobs, including about 10
building inspector positions that will be eliminated. During the last
four years, reductions to the county budget have impacted about 100
The budget also eliminates fire alarm mutual aid payments to the 14
A local manufacturing company is considering an expansion that will bring 19 new jobs to the area.
Dalco Nonwovens, which manufactures non-woven textiles for automotive, landfill and furniture applications, is planning a $9 million expansion to its current facility in Conover. The expansion would retain 33 jobs and create 19 more.
Catawba County Commissioners approved an economic incentive agreement with Dalco on Monday that will grant the manufacturing company about $57,780 during three years.
Joyce Fern Booth, 74, died June 3, 2011. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 8, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Jenkins Funeral Home.
John Franklin Hunsucker Sr., 87, of Newton, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Hunsucker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Shawn Lebo's two young children went outside their N.C. 16 home to "enjoy the breeze" that preceded thunderstorms into southeastern Catawba County on Sunday evening.
"We had a trampoline over there, and the next thing you know the wind picked the trampoline up," Lebo said, adding the sight sent his children running back inside. "I looked out and you couldn't see anything."
With dark clouds surrounding the Denver area home, Shawn said hail began to fall, and moments later an oak tree uprooted and fell on the house, crushing his two children's bedrooms on the north side of the house.
As the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn approaches, tournament directors are looking to salute a group of citizens â€śthat donâ€™t get enough praiseâ€ť â€“ veterans.
This week, men and women of the armed forces, active duty and veterans will receive free admission to the tournament, officials announced recently. Each â€śAmerican heroâ€ť will be allowed to bring one guest.
A Newton company will be featured Tuesday on the Nate Berkus Show after it donated materials for a remodeling project in New York City.
Lee Industries provided eight leather dining chairs, four leather bar stools, two sofas, four apartment sofas and eight occasional chairs for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in New York City.
Bondi Coley, Lee Industries marketing manager, said the business was asked to partner in the project because of its American-made merchandise.
Hickory Police think Friday's murder is drug-related.
Eric Lynn Icenhour, 25, of Taylorsville, and his girlfriend, Michelle Buff Brower, 37, of Lawndale, were sitting in a 2011 Chevrolet HHR at about 3 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Second Street Southwest when someone fired several shots using a rifle at the couple, according to a police report. Hickory Police said the gunshots seemed to be directed at Icenhour.
Three of the area's best baseball players are looking forward to the coming week, as the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft commences Monday.
Bunker Hill's Jeremy Null, Hickory's Tyler Poole and Lenoir-Rhyne's Brian Dice are all potential picks in this year's draft, which is televised on the MLB Network starting Monday.
Null, a 6-foot-7-inch pitcher, stiffled offenses with a strong early 90s fastball. He used his senior season to further develop his pitching by adding breaking pitches to his repertoire.
A four-car accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near exit 136 left four people injured Friday.
One man was critically injured in the accident and was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte via MedCenter Air helicopter. The other three drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries, with one man and woman taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in road units, said Claremont Fire Chief Gary Sigmon.
Catawba County commissioners approved several changes to their proposed budget that will increase their anticipated financial plan by about $93,500.
After listening to lobbying comments from two county citizens during a public hearing Thursday, the board decided to fund a secretarial position in the countyâ€™s Cooperative Extension office, as well as three other budget areas.