Gaston & Catawba

Hearing set on bond commission ordinance

Bond commission committee: Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 to receive input on a bond commission ordinance.

Council members discussed the make-up and process of the future bond commission during its city council meeting Jan. 6, and a recent workshop at City Hall.

The future bond commission will be an advisory board to Hickory City Council on bond projects, budgets, time frames and more, continuing throughout the bond process. To learn more about the future bond commission and review the discussion from the Jan. 6 council meeting, visit and click on the Bond Information button at the top right of the homepage.

New Horizons Band: The Catawba Valley New Horizons Band and Orchestra will begin its spring semester Jan. 21. The group is geared toward seniors ages 50 and older, and is open to musicians with at any skill levels, including those who have never played an instrument.

The Catawba Valley New Horizons Band meets 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and the orchestra meets 1-3:30 p.m. The group performs several times a year wherever asked and does not charge a fee.

For information, call Cynthia Summey, Catawba Valley New Horizons Band and Orchestra event coordinator, at 828-238-8358.

Contemporary tap classes: Hickory Arts is accepting registrations for contemporary tap dance classes, open to ages 13 and older. Classes will be taught by Charlton Seaver, a Hickory native with 15 years of continued dance education heavily influenced by master tap dancers Derick Grant and Lynn Schwab.

Classes are designed to help students improve their technique and explore rhythm. Group classes and private sessions are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill sets.

Learn about class offerings and fees at To register, email or call 828-270-9801.

Bicycles donated: Associates of Sutter Street Manufacturing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma Inc. in Claremont, donated 65 bicycles for children in foster care this holiday season. This is the fifth year that Sutter Street Manufacturing associates have raised funds to purchase the bicycles, which were donated to Family Builders, the adoption and foster care unit of Catawba County Social Services.

Donations are accepted year round to the Foster Children’s Fund, which provides for school pictures, band instruments, class field trip fees and athletic team expenses. To donate to this fund, visit, click on the red Donate Now button and designate Foster Children’s Expense Fund from the drop-down menu.

Information meetings about becoming a foster parent in Catawba County are 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Family Resources Center, 3050 11th Ave. Dr. S.E., Hickory. To learn about becoming a foster parent, call 828-695-4553 or visit

Sports Hall of Fame: The Hickory Metro Sports Commission is seeking nominations for the 2015 class of Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame. Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame aims to recognize the efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while reinforcing a sense of history in Catawba County.

Last year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Jeff Barkley, John Lentz, Odell Moose and Beth L. Queen. New members to the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony at 6 p.m. May 11 at Highland Recreation Center, Hickory.

Deadline for nominations is Feb. 9 and forms detailing criteria are available at Nomination forms are also available at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce office, 1055 Southgate Corporate Park, Hickory. For information, call JuJu Phillips at 828-302-5073.

Animal art show: Animal Crackers, a show and sale of art exploring our relationship with animals, will be on display at Full Circle Arts, 42-B Third St. N.W., Hickory, through Feb. 21. The exhibit includes images of pets, domestic and wild animals, large and small.

Most of the show’s artwork is for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Humane Society of Catawba County. A friend of Full Circle Arts is also making small, hand-crocheted animals available for sale to benefit the Humane Society.

To learn about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership and other upcoming exhibits and events, call 828-322-7545 or visit

Playwright promotes musical: Ridgeview Branch Library in Hickory recently hosted actress and playwright Regina Taylor during a free public program. Taylor was in Hickory to promote her gospel musical, Crowns, which will be performed at Hickory Community Theater in February.

Taylor wrote and directed the play, adapted from the book “Crowns” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Mayberry. She has a wide-ranging career in film, television, theater and writing, and was the first African-American woman to play Juliet in a Broadway rendition of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Taylor has starred in several TV series and movies, including “I’ll Fly Away,” “The Unit” and Spike Lee’s film “Clockers.”

For information on upcoming programs, call the Ridgeview Branch Library at 828-345-6037.


Viewmont Business Association reorganizes: The Viewmont Business Association is being reorganized by members of the Viewmont Strut Promotions Committee. An introductory meeting was held recently at Hickory Moose Lodge to adopt by-laws, hold elections and discuss logistics.

The VBA is a recognized business association in Hickory, which includes businesses along N.C. 127 between Eighth Ave. N.E./N.W. to the Belle Hollow Shopping Center. Businesses interested in promoting the Viewmont area are invited to join. Dues are $50 per year.

For information about the VBA and to review by-laws and membership information, visit, or contact city of Hickory VBA Staff Liaison Mandy Pitts at 828-261-2290.

Business empowerment seminar: Local entrepreneur and self-help motivator Ethan Harris recently led a business empowerment seminar at Ridgeview Branch Library in Hickory. The free community workshop offered strategies for launching a new business and promoting startups with minimal investment.

Harris is owner and founder of Ethan Harris Enterprises and is author of three personal empowerment books. His podcast, Life with Ethan, draws more than 5,000 listeners weekly.

New Realtor named: Christina Holden recently joined Hickory Real Estate Group, a real estate brokerage company specializing in residential and commercial properties. Holden specializes in residential property sales in Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander and Burke counties.

To learn more, contact Holden at 828-320-0994 or visit

Sworn in: Jon Raines was recently sworn in as a law enforcement officer for the city of Newton. Raines has served as Newton’s code enforcement officer since October 2012. Raines graduated at the top of his class from Catawba Valley Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training. He will continue serving as Newton’s code enforcement officer. Compiled by Mary Katherine Creel