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February 16, 2017

Catawba Co. Public Health Offers Women Free Or

Low Cost Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings

Hickory - Even though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, women should not forget about getting checked for the deadly form of cancer that the state estimates will kill more than 1,400 women statewide this year.

In North Carolina, 9,320 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 – that’s more than 25 women a day! In 2014, 1,308 women in North Carolina died of breast cancer, and the state projects 10,052 women will be diagnosed in 2016 while 1,416 will die from it this year alone.

Any woman can get breast cancer, but as women age their chances increase. The good news is that the earlier cancer is found and treated, the better the chance for living for many more years. Although fewer people were diagnosed with breast cancer in Catawba County, 15 out of every 100 cases diagnosed in 2014 were in stage III or IV. Diagnosis at a later stage can make successful treatment more difficult. From 2009-2013, one in five breast cancer patients died of the disease.

Since 2011, Catawba County has seen an increase in the number of breast cancer deaths, which is one reason why early detection and treatment is critical. For some women, though, getting access to preventive care can be a challenge. That’s why Catawba County Public Health offers free or low-cost screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program (BCCCP).

This program highlights the importance of early detection as the best protection against breast and cervical cancers. Established in 1991, the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers the following services: clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, pap tests and HPV tests, diagnostic procedures (mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies) if screening results are abnormal, medical consultations, and referrals to treatment if cancer is found. Women who are enrolled in BCCCP and who are found to have cancer during their screening are eligible to receive free or reduced cost treatment with special Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid funds.

Through a partnership with Catawba Valley Medical Center, women in the BCCCP program are able to obtain screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds at the best rates possible. The hospital even brings their mammogram bus to the Public Health parking lot to provide services at a location that is comfortable and convenient to clients.

Each year, more than 12,000 women in North Carolina receive breast and cervical screenings through the BCCCP program. In Catawba County, more than 175 women received BCCCP screenings, with the majority of them falling between the ages of 35 and 54. More than a third of the women accessing services primarily speak Spanish.

In order to be eligible for the services offered in Catawba County, women must be:

· Uninsured or underinsured

· Without Medicare Part B or Medicaid

·Between the ages of 40-75 for breast screening services

·Between the ages of 21-64 for cervical screening services

·Have a household income below 250% of the federal poverty level

·Must reside in Catawba County

To learn more about the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program at Catawba County Public Health or to make a screening appointment, call (828) 695-5800.

Catawba County Public Health promotes and protects the health of all Catawba County residents through preventive services, innovative partnerships, and community health improvement initiatives. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit

Vintage Jazz Dance Performs Winter Recital, Feb. 24

Valdese, NC - February 24, 2017, Vintage Jazz Dance, a dance studio specializing in dance styles from the 20's to today, is having their bi-annual student recital. This year’s theme is "Dance Around the World."

Come out and enjoy a night of spirited dances inspired from cultures around the world. Dancers will be performing French Can Can inspired ballet, Hula and Tahitian dances, as well as Jazz inspired by 1920s New Orleans, and much more!

We will be raffling off prizes including free dance classes and workshops for the upcoming session.

The show starts at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm) and all seats are $5 at the door or also available for presale. For more info, or to join a class check out
Photo: Dancers from Vintage Jazz Dance

Catawba Co. Democratic Party Precinct Meetings Begin Feb. 23

Hickory - The Catawba County Democratic Party (CCDP) will hold its annual precinct organization meetings for the 40 Catawba County precincts between Feb. 23 and March 7.

“Success in politics requires strong local organization,” said Marcus Williams, chair of the Catawba County Democratic Party. “The precinct, which is basically your extended neighborhood and in our county ranges in size from about 600 to 6,000 voters, is the most local unit in the American electoral system.”

The meetings, free of charge and open to all registered Democrats, group neighboring precincts and will be held at locations convenient to the precincts. For example, the Feb. 23 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherrills Ford Library is for Democrats who live in Lake Norman (precinct #41), Sherrills Ford (#31), and Monogram (#21).

If you are unsure of your precinct, you can go to the North Carolina Board of Elections website and look yourself up using its Voter Lookup Tool. It will show your precinct’s name and number in the right column. Here’s that link:

The meetings will provide an overview of CCDP activities and elect delegates to the CCDP annual convention, which will be on April 8 in Conover.

Here are the meeting dates and locations.

Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Sherrills Ford Library
9154 Sherrills Ford Rd., Terrell
#41 Lake Norman
#31 Sherrills Ford
#21 Monogram
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Conover Station
409 4th St. SE, Conover
#34 Startown
#20 Maiden
#9 East Maiden
#32 South Newton
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Conover Station
409 4th St. SE, Conover
#25 North Newton
#10 East Newton
#40 West Newton
#1 Balls Creek
Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
Conover Station
409 4th St. SE, Conover
#22 Mt. Olive
#5 Catawba
#6 Claremont
#8 Conover E.
#7 Conover W.
Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m.
1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory
#27 Oxford
#33 Springs
#28 St. Stephens 1
#29 St. Stephens 2
Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m.
1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory
#30 Sandy Ridge
#38 Falling Creek
#39 Northwest
#36 Viewmont 1
#37 Viewmont 2
March 4, 10:00 a.m.
1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory
#15 Ridgeview
#13 Greenmont
#19 Longview S
#17 Longview N
# 4 Brookford
#35 Sweetwater
March 6, 7:00 p.m.
1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory
#2 Banoak
#3 Blackburn
#23 Mt. View 1
#24 Mt. View 2
March 7, 7:00 p.m.
1612 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory
#16 Highland
#12 Kenworth
#11 College Park
#14 Oakwood
#26 Oakland Heights

Free iPad Workshop At Patrick Beaver Library On Feb. 20

Hickory - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is providing a free class, iPad: Navigating Your New Tablet, on Monday, February 20 at 6:00pm. IT professional Garrett Lucas will be the instructor.

This class is designed for anyone wanting to learn more about how to use an iPad tablet. Students will learn to understand controls and settings, connect to WiFi, browse the internet, send/receive email and use popular applications such as FaceTime and iMessage.

Attendees should bring their iPads to the class.

The workshop is free and no registration is required. For more information, please call 828-304-0500. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Suah African Dance Theatre Performance, Free On Feb. 18

Hickory - Join us at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 p.m. for an edutainment program presented by the Suah African Dance Theatre.

This program will give you the chance to learn more about the West African culture through diverse music and dancing. The Suah African Dance Theatre is a professional touring African drum and dance company based in Greensboro, NC.

The mission of the Suah African Dance Theatre is to support and mentor future generations by inspiring in them an appreciation for African culture through diverse styles of dance performances. Suah is a name from the dialect of Gio from Liberia, West Africa that means “A new era, a new beginning.”

This event is free and open to people of all ages. No registration is required. For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7279. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.

Hamlet Explores Alternate Reality At HCT, Feb. 16-19

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre’s production of Hamlet is nearing the end of its run, with the final four performances this weekend, starting Thursday, February 16th at 7:30pm and concluding on Sunday, February 19th at 2:30pm.

With mixed media effects, innovative staging and a stark setting, this production explores the story from a modern point of view.

Pamela Livingstone, the Theatre’s Artistic Director says, “It can be said that one of the reasons Hamlet hesitates to act is because he is not sure if the Ghost he is seeing is real or not. In our age of ‘alternate reality,’ we are confronted with fake news stories, slander and libel on Facebook, the news and anything online. Our Hamlet explores that theory of Alternate Reality.”

Performances are in the Jeffers Theatre through February 19th. Performances are at 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb 16, 8:00 pm Friday & Saturday, Feb 17 & 18, and 2:30 on Sunday Feb 19. Tickets are $18. There is a senior discount of $2 and tickets for students and youth 18 and under are just $10. Tickets for Thursday performances are $14 for adults and $10 for students and youth.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Friday in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

Hamlet is produced by Frye Regional Medical Center and is the sixth production of the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World.

PHOTO: Benjamin Thomas Reid (far left,) Thomas Townsend, Chris Kerley, Mark Woodard and Beth Woodard in Hamlet, in its final four performances now at the Hickory Community Theatre through February 19th. For tickets and information go to or call 828-328-2283. Photo is by Ken Burns Photography.

Valdese Hosts 17th Annual Celebration & Falò, Feb. 18

Valdese, NC – The Town of Valdese will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the town in 2018. Plans are currently underway for a Quasiquicentennial Celebration in 2018, which will be held over the course of the year.

Town leaders and citizens are planning special events and dedications for this anniversary, including a recent competition that was opened to students in Draughn High School art classes to create a logo design for the 125th celebration. Around 30 entries were submitted for consideration and a panel of judges voted on the winners. Masey Vang won 1st place and her design was chosen to represent the Quasiquicentennial Celebration. Cynthia Torres and Emma Price were the runners up. These logo designs will be featured on T-shirts,, programs and flyers, and displayed at events throughout the year 2018.

The winners will be awarded prizes at the annual 17th Celebration & Falò, which will celebrate the 169th anniversary of the Edict of Emancipation. The Falò Lighting (bonfire) will be held at the Waldensian Heritage Winery on Saturday, February 18th at 6:30pm.

Special guest speaker will be Rev. Francis Rivers, Director of the American Waldensian Society. No reservation is required to attend this event, which will include a covered dish reception, a program, the Falò lighting, as well as a recognition of the award winners for the logo design competition. Winners will be awarded cash prizes in the amounts of $125, $100 and $75.

For more information about the 125th Anniversary of the town, contact the Waldensian Heritage Museum at 828-874-1111 or e-mail

Full Circle Arts Seeks Artists For New Themed Exhibition, Now

Hickory - Full Circle Arts of Hickory is looking for artists in the greater Hickory area to enter work for a new themed exhibition entitled "Connections".

For our spring competition we decided to ask artists to expand their creativity and venture into the meaning of their artwork by using their interpretative skills in summoning up the idea of "Connections" in their work.

The show will run from March 16 until April 22, 2017. We believe that this theme will focus the artists and visitors to the show to concentrate more on the impact of the intentions of the artist to portray their ideas in their work than on any particular objects.

The show will be judged and juried for acceptance. We will be giving cash awards of $300, $200 and $100 for First, Second and Third place winners. Honorable Mentions will be awarded with ribbons. Artists are allowed to enter up to 3 works of art for a fee of $35 for non-members, $25 for patron and associate members and $10 for Exhibiting members. No work may be larger than 48" in any direction. All 2-D work must be framed or wrapped and properly wired for hanging. 3-D artwork must be on a base or pedestal. Artwork should be hand delivered to our gallery, 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, Thurs. and Friday, Mar. 2nd and 3rd, 11am - 5pm and Sat., Mar. 4th, 10am - 2pm.

We will have an opening reception for the show on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, where refreshments will be provided and awards presented.

Full Circle Arts will retain a 35% commission on any work sold for non-members, 30% for Associate Members and 20% for Exhibiting Members.

Full Circle Arts is a non-profit artists’ cooperative located in downtown Hickory, 42-B Third Street NW. More information about Full Circle Arts, classes, membership, or other upcoming events is available at 828-322-7545. You may also write to Full Circle Arts, PO Box 3905, Hickory NC 28603, or email Please visit our website at

CVCC Hosts Annual Free Black History Celebration, Feb. 28

Hickory - Catawba Valley Community College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and BB&T will hold its annual Black History Celebration Tues., Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the college’s Tarlton Complex.

Keynote speakers Rep. Chaz Beasley and Shannon Clemmons will speak on the subject of “Being Black in America Today.”

Rep. Chaz Beasley

Beasley represents North Carolina's 92nd District in the General Assembly, which includes portions of Huntersville, Charlotte, Pineville and Steele Creek. Raised in Catawba County, Rep. Beasley grew up in a low-income, single-parent home. But thanks to a community that invested him and a quality North Carolina public school education, he was able to overcome the challenges of poverty. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and went on to earn a J.D. from Georgetown Law before launching a successful career as a finance attorney in Charlotte.

Clemons is the principal of Catawba Rosenwald Education Center where she is in her third year of service. From a long line of educators, Clemons has served as a teacher, school counselor and school administrator. She graduated from Maiden High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from North Carolina State University and a master’s in school counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

She is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She believes that working in education provides an opportunity to give back and help young people understand who they are, be responsible for their decisions, and become their best self.

Shannon Clemmons

Hickory native and CVCC alumnus Chad Bumgarner will have an exhibit featuring his two books “Chad’s Playbook to Effective Leadership” and “The Other Side of the Coin.” A 1997 graduate of CVCC, he earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership at Mercer University in Atlanta.

He has pursued a successful technology career working for the past 10 years. But his passion is motivational speaking, team building and leadership coaching. He launched his own leadership training group CDB Consulting in 2014.

Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir will provide musical entertainment. Food will be served prior to the formal ceremony.

Black History Celebration event partners include BB&T, CVCC Foundation, Inc., Education Matters in Catawba Valley, SkillsUSA, Challenger International Club, CVCC Students Striving for Success, CVCC Minority Males on the Move, and CVCC Rotaract Club.

Chad Bumgarner

The event is free to the community. If you have a disability and need accommodations, contact CVCC’s Counselor for Students with Disabilities at least 72 hours in advance to allow time to arrange the services at 828-327-7000, ext. 4222, or

For more information about the Black History Celebration, call 828-327-7000, ext. 4578.

Downtown Hickory Galleries 2nd Art In The Afternoon, Feb. 18

Hickory - Aside from a torrential downpour, Hickory's first "Art in the Afternoon" event on January 21 was a bit hit. All four participating downtown galleries reported higher traffic and a lot of energy and excitement. And one lucky visitor received a $25 gift certificate to Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse.

From 1:00 to 4:00 PM on February 18, Taste Full Beans, Bottega, Full Circle Arts, and Thistle Dew Nicely will combine their efforts again to provide refreshments, entertainment, and the opportunity to meet artists and view and purchase their work in Hickory's second "Art in the Afternoon."

Taste Full Beans will again introduce their artists at 1:00, offer free coffee, and have live music, this time from contra dance band, Down the Hall. Down the Hall performs contra dance and traditional mountain music on fiddle, flute and keyboard. Members are Bob Kogut on fiddle, Suzanne Williams on flute and whistle, and Denise Baxter-Yoder on keyboard. The trio has played together for years in the band Puddingstone and they each freelance in the area. Bob Kogut also makes custom violins from his workshop in Happy Valley. Taste Full Bean's featured artists this month include Chris Witherspoon, Jeff Aliberti, Terra Gedeon, and Arianna Mascetti. Other work available will include pottery by Amanda Dobbins, hand-carved spoons by Sam Tallman, stained glass by Kate Cree, and much more.

At Full Circle Arts Ellen Schwarzbek will be demonstrating her technique of drawing with colored pencil and wax. The exhibition, “Fifty Shades: Black & White Photography," will continue on display until February 25.

Bottega will provide complimentary "fun" beverages and feature work by more than 100 area artists. Pamela Kale of Citron and Silver will be on hand showcasing her jewelry, apparel, and more.

Thistle Dew Nicely will feature work by legendary local woodworker, Eddie Hamrick and will provide free snacks.

Participants in Art in the Afternoon are invited to visit each venue and get their Art in the Afternoon card stamped to enter a drawing for a gift certificate to one of the venues. Cards will be available at any of the 4 venues, and completed cards can be left at any venue as well.

For more information, contact Taste Full Beans (828) 325-0108 or Bottega (828) 217-2581.

Newton Hosts Pickleball Free-Play, Tues. & Thurs.

Newton, NC - Looking for something fun to do during the day? Head to the Newton Parks and Recreation Department for Pickleball Free-Play.

Pickleball is a great sport for friends, co-workers, families, church members, classmates, senior groups, youth groups, and club members.

The fun runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.

Players use a perforated plastic ball (like a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles.

It’s easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball is also a great way to exercise - it’s soft on the joints but fast enough to keep players engaged.

The game has a social aspect as well, with good-natured banter back and forth between players.

For more information about Pickleball Free-Play, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

Can You Help? Women’s Resource Center

Needs Items For Emergency Pantry

Hickory - We are very grateful for your past support in donating items for our Emergency Pantry. These items are provided to women and families who are undergoing financial hardship and unable to afford them. Our pantry is getting low in the following products and we hope you can help us.

Laundry Detergent, Bathroom Cleaner, Liquid Hand Soap, Window Cleaner, Fabric Softener, Disinfectant, Dryer Sheets, Mouthwash, Bleach, Body Wash,

Dish Detergent, Hair Spray/Gel/Mousse, All Purpose Cleaner (409,etc), Hair Conditioner, Paper Towels, Q-Tips, New Makeup & Skin Care Products.

Donations can be dropped off at Women's Resource Center between 9AM and 4PM, Monday thru Thursday. For more information on our Emergency Pantry, visit

Every donation is appreciated and will help the women and families we serve.

The Women’s Resource Center is located at 125 3rd St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Local Actress Takes On Compelling Role In

The Drowning Girls, Opening At HCT On Feb. 24

Hickory - In The Drowning Girls, opening Friday, February 24th in the Firemen’s Kitchen play at the Hickory Community Theatre, three actresses take on the challenge of not only portraying multiple, compelling characters but also have to spend parts of their time on stage immersed in water. One of those actresses is Christy Branch.

Branch, who has a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts from Lees-McRae College, chooses her roles carefully. She has not been on the Hickory stage since playing Eliza in (The Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence in 2015.

When asked what drew her to audition for this role, she said, “Knowing it was based on a true story made the show compelling. It's written in a way that's partly drama and partly fantastical. Alice is a woman who was born in the wrong era, a free spirit. She's a little bit wild and a little bit sarcastic and I love those things.”

Branch’s other local theatre credits include the leading role of Andorra in the world premiere of The Seamstress at HCT in 2014, as well as Sarah in Time Stands Still, Mary in The Memory of Water and various roles in professional outdoor dramas in North Carolina and Ohio.

The Drowning Girls (by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic) plays in the Firemen’s Kitchen from February 24 through March 12, 2017. Performances are 8:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm Thursdays (Mar 2 and 9) and 2:30 on Sundays (Mar 5 and 12) Tickets are $16.

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the theatre box office. The box office is open 12-5 Wednesday through Friday in person or by calling 828-328-2283.

The Drowning Girls is produced by Robert Abbey, Inc. and is the seventh production of the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World.

PHOTO by John Koval: Christy Branch plays one of three tragic brides in The Drowning Girls. The chilling drama is on stage in the Firemen’s Kitchen Feb 24 through Mar 12. For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or go to

Hancock-Settlemyre Award Nominations Accepted Till 3/1

Conover, NC - Now is the time to submit nominations for the 2017 Hancock-Settlemyre Award, which is given each year by the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County.

This prestigious award honors the individual, community, group or business whose efforts have reduced family stress and improved the quality of family life, thereby reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect in Catawba County.

The award was established in 1980 in honor of Dr. Millie Hancock Schumpert, a former Hickory physician, and Jean Settlemyre Tashman, former administrator of Frye Regional Medical Center, who were among the founders of the original Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Catawba County.

The nominee’s service to children must have been provided in Catawba County. The nominee must be recognized as directly responsible for improving the quality of life within the community.

Nomination forms may be downloaded at the CAPC’s website, which is Applications must indicate whether the nomination is made for a community volunteer, or for a professional whose job includes working with or for children.

One letter of recommendation from a person who is familiar with the nominee’s service must also be included. The letter must explain how and why the service rendered by the nominee is extraordinary. The nomination must also include a list of results related to the service provided by the nominee.

All nomination materials for the Hancock-Settlemyre Award must reach the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center by Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 5 p.m.

If emailing, send to Connie Engart at, or mail to CAPC, 4360 County Home Road, Conover, NC 28613, Attn: Connie Engart. Nominations may also be faxed to the CAPC at 828-256-7711.

The CAPC is a non-profit organization that works to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse. It coordinates the efforts of Catawba County Social Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney's Office. You may call the center at 828-465-9296.

Old Salem Presents Black History Month Showcase Of Song, 2/25

Winston-Salem, NC – The St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem Museum & Gardens will present “Black History Month Showcase of Song” on Saturday, February 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road). The event is free and open to the public.

Showcase of Song will feature African American music from various genres. Choirs and dance teams from area high schools, churches, universities, and the community organizations will sing and dance. Other genres of music that reveal the struggle and triumph of African Americans such as gospel and jazz was well as spoken word will be performed. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit

Documentary By LRU History Professor Airs On PBS, Feb. 18

Hickory - A documentary produced and directed by Mark Hager, adjunct History professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, will air on UNC-TV in February. From B.A.R. to P.O.W., The Harold Frank Story WWII - European Theatre is scheduled to air on Saturday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m.

The documentary features the inspirational story of Harold Frank, who is the last living survivor from CO G 2nd Battalion 357th Infantry that landed at Utah Beach on D-Day, according to 90th Division Historians. Private First Class Frank survived several battles in the Cotentin Peninsula. Wounded, he was captured with an estimated 200 other men of the 90th Division and sent to Stalag IV B POW Camp in Dresden. He was assigned to a work camp at Klotzsche Air Field, a German Fighter Base roughly 10 miles away, where he remained imprisoned for 10 months. The documentary shares his amazing experiences as a POW, attempted escape, and survival of the 1000 plane bombing of Dresden (February 12, 1945) and two attacks on the German Air Field (April 17, 1945).

Hager serves as Board President of the Forks of the Yadkin and Davie County History Museum which filmed the documentary. The film, which first debuted in September 2016, includes rare World War II footage from around the world as well as Hager’s personal interviews with Frank who shares his experiences as a BAR Rifleman at Utah Beach and subsequent battles. A trailer of the film and program schedule can be viewed on the on UNC-TV website at

This is the second documentary Hager has produced. The first documentary The Border States of America debuted in October 2014. It focuses on the complex issues of illegal immigration, border enforcement, national security, and specifically the impact of transnational drug cartels. The documentary received a bronze medal at the prestigious 36th Annual Telly Awards. A United States Army Veteran and alumnus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hager graduated in 1999 with a degree in History and Social Studies. He completed his graduate studies in American History with an emphasis in Public History, Museum Studies and Historic Preservation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

To purchase a copy or schedule a viewing of From B.A.R. to P.O.W., The Harold Frank Story WWII - European Theatre, email Mark Hager at or contact Forks of the Yadkin and Davie County History Museum at 336.909.0344.

PHOTO: Hager (right) and Frank with the documentary publicity poster.

Sign Up For Spring Youth Sports At Newton Rec By March 17

Newton, NC — Registration is now open at the Newton Parks and Recreation Department for girls volleyball, youth spring soccer, and youth baseball.

Girls Volleyball: To be eligible for participation, players must be at least 9 years old before the final day of registration and cannot turn 17 before Aug. 31. Youth girls volleyball leagues are available for girls ages 9-16. Registration is limited in each league. When a league is filled, registrants will be placed on a waiting list. The deadline to register is Feb. 24.

Boys and Girls Spring Soccer: To be eligible for participation, players must be at least 4 years old before the final day of registration and cannot turn 17 before Aug. 31. Youth spring soccer leagues will be available for boys and girls ages 4-16. Registration is limited in each league. When a league is filled, registrants will be placed on a waiting list. The deadline to register is March 1.

Boys and Girls Baseball: To be eligible for participation, players must be at least 4 years old before the final day of registration and cannot turn 12 before April 30.

Youth spring baseball leagues will be available for boys and girls ages 4-12. Registration is limited in each league. When a league is filled, registrants will be placed on a waiting list. The deadline to register is March 17.

To register for any of the above youth sports, each child must meet the following requirements:

» Submit a completed registration card signed by a parent or guardian.

» Have a birth certificate on file with the Recreation Department.

» Have emergency medical treatment and consent forms notarized and on file.

» Have a signed parental code of ethics on file.

» Provide proof of residency. If applicable, pay a $30 non-refundable non-resident fee.

» Return any loaned equipment from a previous sport.

For more information, contact the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.

CVCC Offers Furniture Made By Students For Sale

Newton, NC - The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy operated by Catawba Valley Community College has relocated to 973 Locust St. off US Hwy. 70 in Newton.

Sale of student produced upholstered furniture has also moved to this location. Sale hours are 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

A public/private partnership, between Catawba Valley Community College and major western N.C. furniture manufacturers, the unique training academy prepares a future workforce for immediate employment opportunities upon successful completion of the program.

Training is conducted in the evenings and is taught by skilled artisans employed by our local furniture manufacturers.

For more information about enrolling in the next class, contact Lori Price with CVCC’s Business & Industry Services, 828-327-7000, ext. 4284,

Catawba Co. Releases Plan For Making Area Senior Friendly

Hickory – The Catawba County Aging Coalition recently released its Aging Services Plan, which describes the growing number of older adults living in the county, as well as a plan for making the county more “senior friendly.”

Titled “Blazing a Trail for Successful Aging,” the document outlines plans for the period July 2016 through June 2020. It was developed by the Catawba County Aging Coalition, a group of local agencies that serve senior adults. Information that was used to develop the plan include demographic data, state and regional plans, as well as the results of a survey of local seniors, caregivers, and professionals who work with this population.

The document states that there is a huge demographic shift occurring across the nation. This change also affects Catawba County, where there are now more people age 60 and older than those under the age of 18. According to the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management, there were 34,392 county residents age 0-17 in 2000, and 35,512 in 2014. By contrast, there were 21,598 county residents who were 60 or older in 2000, and 59,413 such persons in 2014. There is also growth in the number of persons age 85 and older, with 1,790 such persons in 2000, and 2,672 in 2014.

This growth in the senior population is expected to continue. Contributing factors are the aging of the Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964), and increases in lifespan. In addition, Catawba County continues to attract people from other areas who view the county as a good place to spend their retirement years.

In the county’s senior population (age 65 or older), 92.3 percent are white, 5.9 percent are black or African-American, .2 percent are American Indian or Alaska native; 1.1 percent are Asian, and 1.5 percent are of Hispanic or Latino origin.

In this group: 8 percent live below the poverty level; over 25 percent did not graduate from high school; over 25 percent live alone; 37 percent have a disability; and almost 22 percent are veterans. Their median household income is $33,524; 16.2 percent are in the labor force; and 86.4 percent own their homes.

The report emphases the importance of providing seniors with information about local resources. As part of this plan, the member agencies plan to publish resource guides for older adults. In addition, the group will hold an annual Senior Expo and distribute information through other events and publications.

The plan discusses the importance of programs that support older adults and their caregivers, support persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and advocate for mental health services for seniors. The plan also emphasizes the importance of empowering older adults to engage in a healthy lifestyle through wellness and fitness programs.

In addition, the plan emphasizes the importance of protecting the safety and rights of older and vulnerable adults by preventing their abuse, neglect and exploitation. The plan also describes efforts to involve seniors in volunteering and other forms of community engagement.

This report is an update of the original county aging plan, which was published in 2011. At that time, the Catawba County Aging Coalition was formed to monitor and assist with implementing the plan’s objectives.

The following organizations are represented in the aging coalition: Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Catawba County Department of Social Services, Adult Life Programs, Hickory Public Library, Senior Information Resources (SIR), Catawba Council on Aging, Neighbors Network, Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, and United Church Homes and Services.

You may read the entire plan by going to

Post-Polio Support Group Meets On Monday, February 20

Shelby, NC - Please run the following free public service announcement in your publications and airways as often as possible between now and Monday, February 20th, 2017. Thank you for the service.

The Foothills Post- Polio Support Group, will hold their meeting on Monday, February 20th. at 6pm at the conference room of the Life Enrichment Center of Shelby. The conference room is located at the back of the building. The center is located off Hwy. 18 North on Life Enrichment Blvd, just north of Cornerstone Dentistry. We will be making crafts instead of a formal program.

If you are a polio survivor and would like to attend, we would love to see you there! Feel free to bring a caregiver with you. For more information you may call Wanda-Greg Horne at 704-482-8807 or Dianne Garner 704-434-4928

Each person attending should bring his/her own meal.

Drinks- coffee and water - will be provided.

HDDA Announces 2017 Board Of Directors

Hickory - The General Membership of Hickory Downtown Development Association (HDDA) recognized retiring members of the Board of Directors and elected new members and officers of the Board of Directors during their December 1, 2016 meeting.

Completing two consecutive three-year terms on the HDDA Board of Directors, Cheryl Sherrill (BB&T) served as the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer for six years. Randy Truitt (The Best of Beers) and John Rambo (Hickory Community Theatre) both served three-year terms.

Ernest K. Sills (CBSA Architects), Betty Mahoney (Bisque n Beads), Jason Yates (Olde Hickory Brewery and Tap Room), and Rex Benfield (Prodigy Voice & Data) were elected to the Board to serve three-year terms from 2017 through 2019.

The HDDA General Membership thanked 2016 President Darrell Rogers (Community One Bank) for his contributions to the organization. Mr. Rogers will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.

Gavin Mitchell (Boyd & Hassell Industrial Commercial Properties) was elected as 2017 President of the Board of Directors. Ernest K. Sills (CBSA Architects) was named President-Elect. Tammy Panther (Focus) was elected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer.

Members of the Board of Directors currently fulfilling their three-year terms are: Susannah Brown (Anthony & Brown), Margaret Jackson (Jackson Creative), Julie Owens (Taste Full Beans), Josh Walker (The Natural Olive and Transportation Insight), and Emily Westmoreland (Broome Associated Insurance).

HDDA administers the NC Main Street program for the City of Hickory. The purpose of Main Street is to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation. HDDA has been a nationally accredited program for nine consecutive years.

For more information about Downtown Hickory and HDDA, visit

Hickory Firefighters Hired

Hickory – The following persons have been hired as firefighters for the Hickory Fire Department.

J. Clay Barber:

Clay Barber has over 7 years’ experience as a firefighter including serving as a Captain with Bandy’s Fire Department. Barber is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician through the Office of Emergency Medical Services.

J. Clay Barber

He holds certifications through the NC Fire & Rescue Commission as a Level 2 Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Operations level, and as a Technical Rescuer. His parents are Ivey and Deborah Barber and he is married to Joy Reese.

Spencer Carpenter:

Spencer Carpenter has 5 years of fire service experience—most recently with Union Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as a Lieutenant.

Spencer Carpenter

He holds certifications through the NC Fire & Rescue Commission as a Level 2 Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Operations and Technical Rescuer in Vehicle Machinery Rescue in the areas of Ropes, Agriculture and Confined Space. Carpenter is also certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) through the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services. In 2015, Spencer graduated from Gaston Community College with an Associate degree in Fire Protection and Technology. His parents are Trent and Sherry Carpenter.

New Alert System To Help Hickory Area Families Find

Missing Seniors With Alzheimer’s

Hickory – One of the worst scenarios for families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease is a loved one wandering or getting lost. It causes immediate panic and concern, and unfortunately happens all too often. In fact, nearly 50 percent of some of these family members have experienced a loved one with Alzheimer’s wandering or getting lost[i], according to a new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Of those, nearly one in five called the police for assistance. To help families keep their loved ones safe, the Home Instead Senior Care network has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior NetworkSM, now available in the Unifour Area.

Found at, the platform enables family caregivers to alert a network of friends, family and businesses to be on the lookout for a missing senior. The service provides a way to alert the network of a missing senior via text or email. Families can also choose to post an alert to the Home Instead Remember for Alzheimer’s Facebook page, connected to 270,000 followers.

“These frightening occurrences lead families to call our office and ask for help,” said Susan Saylor of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Hickory, Lenoir and Morganton. “This resource was created to help Unifour area families understand the risk of wandering and have a tool that empowers them to quickly take action if a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia wanders.”

The Missing Senior Network is part of Home Instead Senior Care network’s new Prevent WanderingSM program, which includes resources such as insight into what may trigger wandering events, steps families can take to help keep their loved ones safe, and tips on what to do if a wandering event occurs.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, anyone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is at risk of wandering.

“Wandering can happen at any time, and not just on foot someone in a car or even a wheelchair could wander,” said Monica Moreno, director of Early Stage Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association. “A person may want to go back to a former job he or she had, even though that job may no longer exist. Or, someone may have a personal need that must be met. There’s always a purpose and intent. It’s just a matter of identifying the triggers.”

Family caregivers should be aware of the following common triggers that may cause someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia to wander:

1. Delusions or hallucinations. Those living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia may misinterpret sights or sounds, causing them to feel fearful and wander to escape their environment.

2. Overstimulation. Individuals living with dementia can become easily upset in noisy or crowded environments, triggering them to look for an escape from the chaos.

3. Fatigue, especially during late afternoons and evenings. Individuals living with dementia may become tired, causing restless pacing and, eventually, wandering.

4. Disorientation to place and time. Individuals may not recognize they are home and seek to return to a familiar place, such as a former workplace.

5. Change in routine. Individuals living with dementia may become confused following a change of routine, wandering in an effort to return to a familiar place.

“We understand the topic of wandering is something many families coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia may avoid discussing,” said Saylor. “It’s important for families to understand the potential triggers for wandering and have a plan in place to help keep their loved ones safe.”

For additional tips and program resources, visit, or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office serving Hickory, Lenoir and Morganton to learn how family caregivers can help prevent and respond to wandering. You may reach them at or call 828-256-0184.

To access the Missing Senior Network, visit

Those living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, could be at risk of wandering, which is why it’s important to watch for these common signs.

1. The disease itself. Anyone with dementia is at risk of wandering. This behavior can affect individuals in all stages as long as that person is mobile.

2. Trouble navigating familiar places. A desire to get to a certain place could prompt individuals with Alzheimer’s to go in search of where they feel they need or want to be.

3. Talk about fulfilling nonexistent obligations. If Dad keeps discussing going back to work, or Mom is talking about taking the baby – who is now an adult – to the doctor, a loved one could be at risk of wandering.

4. Agitation during the late afternoon or early evening. Sometimes referred to as “Sundowning,” individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias often become agitated and restless, even pacing, as fatigue sets in and are at greater risk of wandering.

5. Wanting to go home when they’re already there. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease often go looking for home when they are already there.

6. Unmet needs. If a loved one wants to go to the bathroom, but can’t find where it is, that individual is at greater risk of wandering.

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