The Home Builders Association of Hickory-Catawba Valley has named Chip Hardin as executive officer.
Hardin has 10 years experience with nonprofit organizations. He once served as assistant secretary of transportation for governmental affairs during the Reagan administration and worked as a staff director on Capitol Hill.
Hardin earned a doctorate in public policy and administration at the University of Kentucky.
Catawba Valley Medical Group, a service of Catawba Valley Medical Center, recently announced the addition of Dr. Deji Okuboye, an osteopathic physician.
Okuboye joins Family Medicine Associates in Taylorsville .
Cameron Harris, 12, of Mountain View , and Garth Martindale, 12 of Hickory, recently received prizes in the Brisingr essay contest sponsored by the Southwest branch of the Catawba County Library.
Harris took first prize for his essay about the popular Eragon book series. He received a copy of “Brisingr,” by Christopher Paolini. Martindale's essay won second place. He will receive a copy of “Dragon's Blood,” by Jane Yolen.
The Sleep Disorders Center at Frye Regional Medical Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep disorders center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designed by the academy.
Don and Edna Hilton of Hickory recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Instead of bringing anniversary gifts, guests attending celebration for the couple were asked to bring donations for the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry.
“An active concern for others is one of the attributes that has resulted in the Hilton's long union,” said Roger Baker, ministry executive director. “We are grateful they care enough about people in our community to help make a difference.”
The Catawba Valley Camera Club recently announced winners of its Septemeber photographic competition
Winners in the accomplished division were: Ed Lane‘s "Duluth Lighthouse,” first place; Steven Gold's “Calla Lily,” second place; and Carl Schmitt's “Chincoteague Heron,” third place.
Winners among beginners: Terri Johnson's “Stormy Beach Scene,“ first place; Cynthia Harmon‘s "Fireman's Hat,” second place; and Dave Rhuberg's “Greta Swings,” third place.
The club holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Details: www.cvcameraclub.org or (828) 327-2959.
Joy Cline was recently named senior director of marketing and sales for United Church Homes and Services.
Cline has been with the UCHS Foundation at Abernethy Laurels as director of development and public relations since 2006.
The City of Newton recently dedicated its newly renovated second floor of City Hall.
In total, the second floor adds approximately 11,700 square feet of office space to City Hall.
With completion of the renovation project, all Newton police officers will be located in City Hall, and the police communications center has been fitted with new equipment and improved security capabilities.
The city of Hickory Public Art Commission is seeking submissions from area artists for phase two of its Art on the Bench project.
Art on the Bench enlists artists to paint benches to be placed at bus stops and other locations around Hickory.
The metal benches were designed by David Zagaroli , former PAC Chairman and designer, and constructed by Baker Waste Equipment Co.
Art on the Bench proposal kits are due by Nov. 4 and are available at www.hickorygov.com or by calling City of Hickory Public Art Commission Staff Liasion Donna Cullum at (828) 261-2215.