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Contact Tracers May Be Calling

By Jennifer McCracken, Health Director – Catawba County With the advent of caller ID and smartphones, screening and avoiding calls from people we don’t want to talk to – telemarketers and scammers, for example – is a

More COVID-19 Deaths in Burke County

Health Officials in Burke County reported that county’s 27th and 28th Coronavirus related deaths on Thursday.  Both people were in their 80s, were hospitalized.  One person had an underlying medical issue and the other died from complications

Fatal Shooting in Hickory

Hickory police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon on 1st St. SW.  Police found several shell casings in the roadway but no victim.  A short time later a man with a gunshot wound was

Assistance For Blue Ridge Energy Customers

Blue Ridge Energy has announced plans to continue and expand helping electric members struggling to pay utility bills as the state’s suspension of utility disconnections and late fees ends Wednesday after Executive Order 124, which went into

Two People Shot in Connelly Springs

Two people were shot, one fatally, early Wednesday morning in Burke County.  Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Knob Ave. In Connelly Springs after reports of yelling, screaming and gunshots.  Police found one person dead

Confirmed Rabies Case in Caldwell County

On July 25, 2020, the North Carolina State Laboratory notified Caldwell County Animal Control that a raccoon submitted for testing and was infected with the rabies virus. The raccoon, found in the Oak Hill community, marks the fifth confirmed rabies case in the county this year. Residents are reminded to keep their

Library Offers Playaways

People who love audiobooks and relish hearing a talented narrator draw out the elements of a well-composed story should know about the ease and convenience of the Catawba County Library’s Playaways. These simple plug-and-play audiobooks are self-contained