The John Hoyle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its May meeting and announced this year's winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps awards. The awards are presented annually to outstanding graduating seniors in Catawba, Alexander and Caldwell counties.
The award winners were Brendan Abernethy of Alexander Central High School, Patrick Gouge of St. Stephens High School, Ethan Mangum of South Caldwell High School, Megan Meade of Hickory High School and Sara Elizabeth Teague of Fred T. Foard High School.
Guest speaker for the event was Adnan Barqawi, a Jordanian-born, naturalized American citizen who is a senior at Virginia Tech and the cadet colonel of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Catawba Valley Medical Center has been recognized for a second consecutive year in the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program.
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To determine the distinction, discharged Catawba Valley Medical Center patients were surveyed about the hospital experience. Survey results were compared to the annual J.D. Power and Associates National Hospital Service Performance Study.
The survey focused on the areas of speed and efficiency; dignity and respect; comfort; information and communication; and emotional support.
Catawba Valley Medical Center exceeds the national benchmark study score for overall inpatient satisfaction and received excellent scores in speed and efficiency. The hospital also received high ratings for nurses' promptness in responding and the speed and efficiency of the discharge personnel.
On May 17, Abernethy Laurels staff and residents, along with their friends and family members, released nearly 200 monarch butterflies in honor or memory of loved ones.
More than 150 people attended the event. The butterflies were released from individual boxes onto the Abernethy Laurel grounds.
Harpist McLain Mallory performed at the event. Staff served refreshments.
The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry received more than 8,000 pounds of food on May 9 through the 2009 National Association of Letter Carriers national food drive. The ministry was one of nine area agencies representing Alexander, Burke and Catawba counties that received food to be distributed to needy families.
Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry received 8,247 pounds of food collected from the Hickory Post Office, which collected 20,161 pounds during the drive.
Martha Smith was recently named to the new position of regional sales leader for Holiday Retirement's East Operations at Pinecrest Retirement Community in Hickory. Smith was hired in December 2008 to oversee seven Holiday Retirement properties throughout North Carolina and Virginia.
Smith joined Holiday Retirement seven years ago. She previously worked as the regional support and in other management positions.
After 35 years of service, Fire Engineer William “Willie” Warren has retired from the Hickory Fire Department. Warren was hired as firefighter for the department in 1973.
He has worked at all Hickory stations during his career but he most recently was based at Hickory Fire Station 5 on Sweetwater Road.
In 1987, Warren was awarded the Jaycee Firefighter of the Year award for his assistance in saving a child who had been hit by a car.
The Newton Parks and Recreation Department recently completed its 2009 Junior Girls Volleyball season.
The Newton Hitters won first place in the 2009 Junior Girls Volleyball Tournament. The team, which was also crowned regular season champion, finished the season with a 9-1 record. The Newton Spikers placed second in the tournament and fourth overall in the league for the 2009 season, with a 2-8 record.
The Newton Dinkers finished the season in second place, with an overall record of 6-4. The Newton Setters finished the season with a 3-7 record in the league. Compiled by Gina Smith