October 7th, 2010
The Green Room Community Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" opens Friday at 8 p.m. at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. The cast, including Gina McWhirter, as English governess Anna, rehearses nightly for the opening performance. The musical chronicles the relationships between Anna, the King of Siam and the king's extended family as they struggle to balance eastern and western cultures.
Bryan Miller was in the market to buy a new bicycle.
Little did he know that his new bicycle frame would be the same frame used by Tour de France greats Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.
Miller, 52, of Conover, entered the In It to Win It: 21 Frames in 21 Days competition at Lightning Cycles in Conover, and he won it - a carbon-fiber Tarmac SL3 bike frame valued at $3,000.
"I thought it was a hoax," he said. "I still did until today."
Miller picked up his new bike frame Thursday at Lightning Cycles, and he still couldn't believe his good luck.
Three seats are up for election on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, with five people vying for the positions.
Three candidates, Kitty Barnes, Lynn Lail and Randy Isenhower, currently serve on the Board of Commissioners, and candidates Carolyn Jones Connor and Crystal D. Smith are hoping for their chance to represent county citizens.
Candidates gathered at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum Monday for a chance to speak their minds about important issues, such as jobs and education, in Catawba County.
The questions included:
Thurman Junior Mosteller, 81, of Lincolnton, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Alma Sipe Bentley, 90, of Catawba, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Youâ€™re probably aware the Catawba County Board of Commissioners is elected to make decisions on the goals, direction and operation of county government. You may also be aware that the county works under the â€ścommission-managerâ€ť form of government, through which the board hires a professional county manager to carry out its directives and oversee day-to-day operations.
I want to commend Beth Parham and the teaching staff at Bunker Hill High School for â€śjumping on boardâ€ť and taking advantage of the Microsoft program. Now that everything will be on computers, I feel that will be the best program to get work in the future.
Without any big job announcements during recent months, it may seem that all is quiet on the economic development front in Newton.
Catawba County's top economic recruiter said that's hardly the case.
Maiden Middle School students are trying to stay one step ahead of cancer.
The school participated Wednesday in national Mad Hatter Day to raise money for cancer awareness and prevention. Students paid $1 to wear a hat during the day, and through the donations, the school raised $455.29.
"If (students) learn that lesson at this age, it becomes a lifelong trend," said Nan Van Hoy, Maiden Middle principal.
A Maiden couple received $1.7 million from Apple Inc. for their property near the company's new facility.
Donnie and Kathy Fulbright, who lived in their Maiden home for 34 years, originally declined Apple's offer to buy their home. They agreed to sell for $1.7 million, county records show, opting to leave the single-story house on the less than 1 acre of land they bought for $6,000, according to Bloomberg News.