My Catawba County

Published: May 17, 2022

Most Affordable Metro in U.S.

Hickory, North Carolina ranks among the country’s best places to live and takes the lead as America’s most affordable metro, according to a new report released by U.S. News...

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Published: May 16, 2022

Meet Our Rangers: Lori Owenby

Meet Superintendent Lori Owenby, who will be leading a team of rangers at Mountain Creek Park when the county's newest outdoor destination opens to the public June 18...

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Published: May 10, 2022

Folk Art Festival Returns!

A popular tradition is returning to Downtown Newton Saturday, May 14 – the Foothills Folk Art Festival...

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Published: May 04, 2022

County Parks Artwork Unveiled

Three CVCC students – Stephanie Huitron, Gideon Hart and Maddie Barrymore – created a four-piece artwork series representing the Catawba County Park System...

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Published: April 26, 2022

Go Sailing in Hickory

The City of Hickory's Sails Original Music Series is returning to downtown Hickory this spring and fall...

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Published: April 19, 2022

5Q: Vidal Sipe

This month's 5Q is with Newton Police Chief Vidal Sipe...

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Published: April 12, 2022

Festival Season Has Arrived

The second-annual Catawba Valley Festival of the Arts will be celebrated April 22-24. We asked CVFA Planning Committee Chair Twyla Deese to give us the scoop...

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Published: April 05, 2022

Meet Our Rangers: Tabitha Hope

Meet Tabitha Hope, who has been playing with pups at St. Stephens Park for the past ten years...

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Published: March 29, 2022

Foster One, Save Two

Catawba County Animal Services received a grant from Best Friends Animal Society to support their foster program. That got us wondering about what it takes to foster a pet...

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Published: March 22, 2022

5Q: Ingrid Anna-Lisa Keller

This month’s 5Q is with Ingrid Anna-Lisa Keller, the newly-minted executive director of the United Arts Council of Catawba County...

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Published: March 15, 2022

We're Getting Social!

Social districts have recently been established in two of our community’s vibrant downtowns, and we were curious to learn more...

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Published: March 08, 2022

Learning in Two Languages

All three school systems in Catawba County have begun offering dual language immersion programs. What exactly is dual language immersion, and how does it benefit students?...

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Published: March 01, 2022

Meet Our Rangers:Dwayne Martin

Learn about what it's like to be a ranger at Riverbend Park through the eyes of Superintendent Dwayne Martin...

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Published: February 22, 2022

Calling All Mountain Bikers!

Our ears perked up when we heard about the Lake Hickory Short Track Mountain Bike Series coming to Lake Hickory Trails this March and April...

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Published: February 14, 2022

Libraries Are for Lovers

Love is in the air this week… and in case you haven’t noticed lately, there’s lots to love at your local library...

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Published: February 07, 2022

5Q: Dr. Bryan Taylor

This month’s 5Q (Five Questions) features Dr. Bryan Taylor, who joined Hickory Public Schools as superintendent this past July...

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Published: February 01, 2022

The "Other" Four-Year Degree

Do you know a high school student who might be interested in getting paid to go to college – with a job already lined up after he or she graduates? If so, read on...

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Published: January 19, 2022

Meet Our Rangers: John Sutton

Learn more about Bakers Mountain Superintendent John Sutton, who has worked at Bakers Mountain Park for the past 20 years...

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Published: January 18, 2022

5Q: Mandy Pitts Hildebrand

This month’s 5Q features Mandy Pitts Hildebrand, CEO of the Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau...

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Published: January 11, 2022

K-64: Innovating Education

When people hear about K-64, their first thought often turns to Chromebooks. But that’s not all K-64 is working to accomplish in Catawba County...

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Published: January 04, 2022

What's All the HYP?

Hickory Young Professionals believes that a region influenced by young professionals is a region that can attract and retain them...

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Published: December 22, 2021

Thank you.

Our New Year's resolution is to share even more great stories about this place we call home...

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Published: December 22, 2021

The Season of Giving

In this season of giving, we shine a spotlight on community service as shared through the perspectives of people directly involved in making a difference....

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Published: December 21, 2021

Sneak Peek?

Imagine our delight at seeing our very own downtown Hickory featured on the Our State website...

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Published: December 03, 2021

ICYMI: App State Hickory!

In case you missed it, Catawba County’s education system just took a huge leap forward...

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Published: December 03, 2021

Sherrill Furniture Expansion

Sherrill Furniture, a manufacturer of high-end, custom upholstery and case goods, plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Conover...

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Published: November 29, 2021

PYN2K: George + Soraya Place

He was hitchhiking in El Salvador while on a Peace Corps mission, and she was riding in the back of her cousin’s pickup truck...

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Published: November 22, 2021

Thankful for Meals on Wheels

As many families prepare special meals for Thanksgiving this week, we’re giving thanks for Meals on Wheels of Catawba County...

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Published: November 16, 2021

Five Questions: Dedra Flournoy

This month’s “Five Questions” features Dedra Flournoy, CEO of Thrive Forward Collective, who currently chairs The Chamber of Catawba County board of directors...

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Published: November 09, 2021

Post-Military Careers:HKY4Vets

HKY4Vets works to make local employment connections for military service members seeking to transition back into civilian life...

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Published: November 04, 2021

The Story of the Newton Mural

We asked Anne Jordan, chair of the Newton Public Art Commission and former Newton mayor, to give us the backstory on the new mural now taking center stage in Downtown Newton...

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Published: November 02, 2021

Free Books for Kids? Read On!

What if your child could receive a free book every month through the age of five?...

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Published: November 01, 2021

What Do You Love?

We asked this year's Leadership Catawba participants to share what they love most about living or working in Catawba County. Here’s what they had to say...

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Published: October 21, 2021

WestRock Expands in Claremont

WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, plans to expand its existing manufacturing facility in Claremont...

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Published: October 19, 2021

Five Questions: Jon Carfagno

“Five Questions” is a series of Q&As with local leaders and visionaries. Next up is Jon Carfagno, executive director of the Hickory Museum of Art....

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Published: October 15, 2021

Pöppelmann Grows in Claremont

Pöppelmann Plastics USA, the US-based division of global plastics manufacturer Pöppelmann GmbH & Co. KG, plans to expand its existing manufacturing facility in Claremont...

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Published: October 14, 2021

PYN2K: Kevin Lyford

"I'm where I am today because of the people around me. That is a community."...

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Published: October 13, 2021

McCreary Modern Grows: Maiden

Economic Development News: McCreary Modern expands in Maiden...

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Published: October 05, 2021

Riverbend Park in the Fall

Visiting Riverbend Park this fall? Check out these pro tips from longtime ranger Lori Owenby...

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Published: September 29, 2021

Corning Expands at Trivium

Corning Incorporated has planned a manufacturing expansion in Trivium Corporate Center and will invest $150 million and create 200 jobs...

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Published: September 21, 2021

Five Questions: Mark Bumgarner

“Five Questions” is a series of Q&As with local leaders and visionaries. We’re kicking things off with Mark Bumgarner, executive director of the Catawba County United Way....

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Published: September 17, 2021

MSC: Innovating in Conover

The Manufacturing Solutions Center has helped make Catawba County a national hub of industrial innovation. But what exactly is the MSC, and why is it such a game-changer?...

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Published: September 14, 2021

Hart Square: History Preserved

What makes Hart Square Village so special? We asked Rebecca Anne Hart, executive director of Hart Square Foundation, to fill us in...

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Published: September 09, 2021

Hickory MSA Best Place to Live

The Hickory MSA ranks among the best places to live in the state and the most affordable metros in America...

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Published: September 07, 2021

Welcome to My Catawba County!

We hear countless stories from people who love life in Catawba County, North Carolina. My Catawba County was created to share some of those stories...

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