Hickory Community Theatre has completed casting for the drama “Rabbit Hole.”
The cast includes: Carys Bowen, Bonnie-Lynn Crenshaw, Tim Rezash, Ann Smith and Sean Wilson. The play will be directed by Charles Jeffers. The play is the season opener in the Firemen's Kitchen cabaret theater Nov. 7-22.
N.C. 211 now allows access from cell phones from any of the six major providers in North Carolina: Alltel, AT&T, Nextel/Sprint, TMobile/SunCom, US Cellular and Verizon. N.C. 211 is the United Way's free, multi-lingual community information and referral program. By dialing 2-1-1, residents of Catawba, Caldwell, Burke and Alexander counties can get referrals for help from local agencies.
A grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation enabled United Way to expand the 211 service to include cell phones.
For details: Cheryl Abee at Catawba County United Way, 828-324-4357.
Applications for the Christmas Bureau in Catawba County will be accepted through Oct. 31.
For more information on how and where to apply: Catawba County United Way, 828-327-6851.
A candidates forum is set for 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring. It is open to the public; candidates for N.C. governor, lieutenant governor, the U.S. House 10th District and U.S. Senate have been invited.
Cost to attend is $20, includes lunch. Reservations are required by Monday. Reservations can be faxed to the Chamber at 828-328-1175. For details: 828-328-6111.
The history of First Presbyterian Church-Newton is now in book form. “Planting the Seeds of Faith” was written by Gary Freeze, professor of history at Catawba College, and edited by Sidney Halma, former executive director of the Catawba County Museum of History.
Freeze and Halma were commissioned by the church's Sesquicentennial Committee to create the book. This is the pair's sixth collaboration on local history projects.
Hardcover copies of the book are available at the church office, 701 N. Main Ave. for $32.05 including tax. Leather-bound versions are available for $37.40.
For details: 828-464-0648.
Kitty Barnes, chair of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, has been appointed to a one-year term to the N.C. Association of County Commissioners' board of directors.
Barnes will serve as co-chair of the association's public education steering committee. She formerly had been chosen the association's Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year in 2007.
Dropout prevention is the focus of a $149,650 state grant being awarded to Hickory Public Schools.
The funds will be used to create and implement “Using Sixth Sense,” a program to address potential dropouts from fifth grade through middle school. The grant is from the Committee for Dropout Prevention, a public/private committee which works with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
For more information on the grants: Debora Sydnor 919-807-3925.
Two-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Ned Jarrett and other celebrities played in the Humane Society of Catawba County seventh-annual Bud Lofland Memorial No-Kill Animal Shelter Celebrity Golf Classic at Rock Barn Golf & Spa on Aug. 25.
The tournament raised nearly $43,000 in operating funds for the Humane Society's no-kill animal shelter in Catawba County.
Celebrities played with foursomes on the Jones and Jackson courses at Rock Barn. The winning foursome on the Jones course was Jack Harwell, Danny Poteat, Rudy Roberts and Ken Lail. Jackson course winners were Eddie Salyards, Tim Bolick, Mark Mayberry and Scott Morningstar.
The annual tournament helps pay for the medical care and housing of more than 300 dogs and cats rescued by the shelter.
Catawba County tax administrator Randy Moose has announced plans to retire effective Jan. 1.
Moose has served as tax administrator since April 2001 and has worked for Catawba County for almost 34 years.
Four local 4-H members captured the title of High Team Overall at the 2008 N.C. 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held in Rocky Mount.
Three of the members recently finished second among 11 teams from the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. at the Eastern National Livestock Judging Contest held in Timonium, Md.
Madison Malson of Hickory, Julia and Laura Elmore of Claremont and Taylor Black of Dallas captured high team honors in the beef, sheep, swine, meat goat and oral reasons divisions.
Julia Elmore, Laura Elmore and Madison Malson were part of the N.C. team that placed second in competition against 10 other teams from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania .
They will represent North Carolina at the national contest in November at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
Catawba Valley Imaging Center has received a three-year term of accreditation in gynecological and general ultrasound services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.
The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice.
Regular volunteers for Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry were honored at a luncheon on Sept. 18 at Grace Reformed Church in Newton.
In 2007, 91 volunteers provided more than 7,161 hours of service. The volunteers who donated the most time in 2007 were: Charlie Bunn with 755 hours; Keith Hanson with 440 hours; Gordon Johnson with 428 hours and Ruby Blake with 425 hours.
Through December 2007, the ministry also distributed food to 13,534 households. So far in 2008 there have been 25,683 Family Services given and food distributed to 9,161 household. Food is urgently needed at this time.
For details on volunteering with the ministry, call 828-465-1702 or visit the facility at 245 E. N Street in Newton beside the Catawba County Agricultural Resource Center.
Local artists and craftsmen are invited to display their work at the second annual “Newton Merchants ArtFEST,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25 on the square in downtown Newton.
Pre-registration is suggested. Forms for artists, craftsmen and the chalk art participants are available at Janaray's, Video World and Claremont Office Supply and Dana's Fine Jewelry in downtown Newton. Request forms by e-mail at newtonmayfest @yahoo.com.
The Blood Services Department of the Catawba Valley Chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drive operations by greeting and registering donors and assisting with refreshments.
All ages are needed. Volunteer positions are available in Caldwell, Catawba and Alexander counties. Potential volunteers must submit to a background check.
For details: Erin Hodges 828-322-4151.
Catawba County has two new one-stop early voting precincts, which will open in mid-October for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general election.
The new early voting precincts will open Oct. 20 at the Sherrills Ford Fire and Rescue Headquarters, 4011 Slanting Bridge Road, and at the Southwest Library branch, 2944 Highway 127 S. in Mountain View.
Early voting will begin Thursday at sites used the past: Main County Library, 115 West C St. in Newton, and the Highland Recreation Center, 1451 8th St. Drive N.E. in Hickory. Details: 828-464-1135 or
13 major tennis professionals from five countries are at the courts of the Lake Hickory Country Club in the 2008 annual Pro-Am Tennis Benefit for the Family Care Center this weekend.
T.J. Middleton of Atlanta is among the leading professionals involved in the event, which runs through today. Middleton was the 2004 35-and-over Wimbledon Champion and quarter-finalist in the Australian Open.
Local people among the headliners at the tournament will be Joel Denny of Hickory, Craig Lemley of Charlotte and Cliff Skakleof Henderson.