October 5th, 2010
Catawba County will have a new sheriff after the Nov. 2 election, and two candidates think they have the qualifications to keep county residents safe, despite a tough economy.
Candidates for Catawba County sheriff Doris Kirby and Coy Reid participated in a question-and-answer political forum Monday at Maiden High School. Each candidate was given two questions to answer. The questions dealt with specific issues, which the new sheriff will encounter after election.
These questions included:
The town of Catawba has a new manager.
Catawba Town Council approved Monday the hiring of Brian Barnett, of Mooresville, to fill the vacant town manager position.
"He has all the qualifications we were looking for," said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling.
About 40 people applied for the job, and Catawba's interim town manager Eric Davis helped Town Council narrow down the candidates, Readling said.
Readling said Barnett has experience working with a town's budgetary needs, which was a skill he wanted in a new town manager.
Virginia Wilkinson Scronce, 88, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Virginia Wilkinson Scronce.
Betty Blackwell Schrum, 86, quietly departed this life Oct. 2, 2010, at Montereau Retirement Center in Tulsa, Okla.
The Draughn Wildcats defeated the Trojans 5-1 and improved to 5-2-1 in the Catawba Valley 2-A. The four-goal loss dropped the Trojans to 4-4-0 in conference play.
Thomas Russell scored back-to-back goals in the 39th and 43rd minutes to seal the win for Draughn. The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Toua Xiong, but Bandys responded a minute later with its lone goal by Mario Ramirez. Bobby Wicks got the assist.
A man who allegedly robbed the Peoples Bank on First Street West in Conover wasn't trying to hide himself as he requested money from a bank teller.
The suspected robber entered the bank at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday wearing a bright green reflective vest, a dark-colored baseball cap, light-colored pants and a dark long-sleeve shirt. He walked up to a teller, gave her a note and in return, the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money. The man didn't present a weapon to the teller and no one was injured.
Making it work in a difficult economy is a major concern for candidates running for local office.
The Catawba County Farm Bureau held a political forum for candidates seeking election for U.S. Congress 10th District, N.C House districts 88 and 96, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Catawba County sheriff and Catawba County Schools Board of Education.
Candidates were given questions tailored to specific challenges, such as budgetary issues and county unemployment, they could face if elected to office.
Catawba Valley Medical Center continues to grow and adapt.
CVMC President and CEO J. Anthony Rose presented Monday to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners an update about the hospital's continuing construction on a multi-million dollar facility expansion and renovation.
The project will be completed in four phases and includes more than 88,000 square feet in new construction and more than 19,000 square feet in renovated space.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted the proposed Schedule of Values, Standards and Rules for the county's 2011 revaluation.
County residents have 30 days to challenge the Schedule of Values after adoption of the schedule is published in area newspapers.
The revaluation will be effective Jan. 1. Catawba County has 87,000 parcels of land, which must be appraised at 100 percent of market value.
The unlocked gun a boy was handling Thursday when he accidentally shot himself belongs to his father.
The child's father could face a misdemeanor charge of failing to secure a weapon, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The 14-year-old boy was playing with the gun about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at his home on Rifle Range Road near Conover when he accidentally shot himself in the head.
Reid said the boy told police he was home alone when he found the unlocked gun in a dresser drawer.
Fire damaged an assembly building Saturday at Cross Country Campgrounds in Denver.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to the call about 3 p.m. on N.C. 150 East. Seventeen firefighters from Sherrills Ford-Terrell and five firefighters each from Bandys and Denver fire departments arrived on the scene to extinguish the fire, said Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Chief Keith Bost.
The first engine company had the fire under control in three minutes, and the scene was clear several hours later.