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"Hickory Holiday" Downtown on the Square with Mr. & Mrs. Kris Kringle. - Hickory, NC - 12-17-15

Mr. & Mrs. Kris Kringle, posed for pictures with the children of Hickory last night. Connie Kincaid, Executive Director of the Hickory Downtown Development Association produced the Event. There were free wagon rides from Wilson Farms, sponsored by AFLAC. Jody Watson performing near the Wagon Rides. And on the main stage "Under the Sails" two will known musicians teamed up playing Christmas & Holiday selections. On drums, Rick Cline and piano and vocals Nathan Hefner. Michele McCreary was signing her new book in front of "Tracy's" on the Square and as in past years, Tracy served hot chocolate to everyone with cookies provided by Sheetz. Use the hot link below to see all the photos and remember to 'right click' then 'save as'. You then may print out the photos from your computer for free. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-17-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, Holiday Luncheon at The "Q", barbecue in downtown Charlotte. - Charlotte, NC - 12-16-15

Chapter 45 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers held their Christmas Holiday luncheon in beautiful downtown Charlotte, NC this afternoon at "The Q" restaurant. Thanks go out to Bob Cauthen and crew of SCMS, Inc. for the treat. SCMS, Inc. is a very well known Broadcast Equipment sales firm, located in Charlotte, NC. - See More, click here - Charlotte, NC - 12-16-15

It's a Chamber Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening of the newest AT&T Phone Store. - Conover, NC - 12-11-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of the AT&T Phone Store in Conover, across from Wal-Mart. Pictured helping cut the ribbon are: Store Manager, Belinda Shuford; City of Conover Mayor, Lee Moritz; Chamber Ambassador, Karen Tonks; John Christie, 3D Marketing, Inc. & employees and associates. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-11-15

The United Way New Car Giveaway Celebration at Paramount Automotive Kia Showroom, Dec 8, 2015 Hickory, NC.

The Catawba County United Way celebrated along with the lucky winner of a new KIA. Benny Yount, CEO of Paramount Automotive and Paramount KIA, donated a new KIA to be given away to a lucky semi-finalist. This is the fourth year in a row that Paramount Automotive has donated a KIA. Mr. Yount believe in giving back to the community which has supported him. Pictured: Benny Yount, CEO Paramount Automotive and winner, holding the key, Marcie Bland-Boughman. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-08-15

It's a Chamber Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening of the newest Safelite AutoGlass location. - Hickory, NC - 12-08-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of Safelite AutoGlass. Pictured helping cut the ribbon are: Jade Martin, Store Manager; City of Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright, Ryan Edwards, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and employees. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-08-15

It's a Chamber Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening of the newest Zaxby's . - Hickory, NC - 12-07-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of Zaxby's Chicken. Pictured helping cut the ribbon are: the owner Gina Dickens, her two sons, Mother and Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright, along with other City Council men and & other employees. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-07-15

It's a Chamber Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening of Massage Envy. - Hickory, NC - 12-04-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of Massage Envy, the firm has over 1100 locations in the US. Pictured helping cut the ribbon are: the owners and Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright & other employees. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-04-15

It's a Chamber "First Friday Morning Brew" hosted by Everyone Yoga & Sponsored by Sam's Club. - Hickory, NC - 12-04-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew", hosted by Everyone Yoga and sponsored this month by Sam's Club. It was well attended with plenty of valuable door prizes. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-04-15

Hickory City Councilman, Bruce Meisner, retires after 32 years of serving the residents of Hickory. - Hickory, NC - 12-01-15

Hickory City Councilman, Bruce Meisner, retires after 32 years of serving the residents of Hickory. Bruce received a plaque and standing ovation in the Hickory City Hall Chambers. Pictured: Bruce Meisner and daughter. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 12-01-15

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" at Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. - Hickory, NC - 11-19-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new office of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. Pictured helping cut the ribbon are: Vanessa Williams, Sr. Mortgage Banker, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group; Dave Zagaroli, Hickory Mayor Pro-tem; Hank Guess, Hickory City Councilman & other executives. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-19-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, tours WGFY-AM and their production facility at Charlotte Advent Media Corp. - Charlotte, NC - 11-18-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at CAMC (Charlotte Advent Media Corporation), operators of WGFY-AM 1480 Khz & WTCG-AM 870 Khz. Both stations transmit from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Charlotte/Rock Hill, NC. SBE Members and guests were treated to a candle light dinner as we discussed changes in the wireless microphone spectrum and digital TV re-packing, as currently ruled by the Obama Administration's FCC. Pictured Left to Right: In the WGFY-AM Control Room: (seated) Zackery Weems, Studio Operations Manager; Wanda Chrisenberry, Pastoral Staff; Ellie Green, VP CAMC; Bryan L. Aalborg, D. Min. President CAMC, Lead Pastor & Radio Host of Bible Breakthrough®; Ken Chemens, Treasurer CAMC & WGFY-AM General Manager and Chief Operator. - See More, click here - Charlotte, NC - 11-18-15

2015 Edison Competition, Finalist Presentations & Awards at Catawba Valley Community College. - Hickory, NC - 11-16-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's 2015 Edison Project Competition in the Auditorium of Catawba County Community College. The goal of the Edison Competition is to encourage and promote the best local small business ideas in our region. Third Place winner is Funding for Good. This business helps non-profit organizations Grow for Good through development, training, consulting, capital campaign planning, grant writing and research. Second Place winner is NorthWind Companies, LLC. NorthWind Companies helps families of lost loved ones and patients who need help with their cost of care, including a membership rewards program to add further benefit and cost savings. First Place winner is Blingbook. Blingbook is a unique modular jewelry binder system to organize, store and transport your jewelry collection in a tangle-free and customizable way. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-16-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at iHeart Media Studios and tours their disaster response fleet and mobile transmitter truck, Charlotte, NC - 10-21-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at iHeart Media Studios and tours their disaster response fleet and mobile transmitter truck. Photos: ©2015 Edgar Payne. All Rights Reserved, Used By Permission - See More, click here - Charlotte, NC - 10-21-15

It's "Ribbon Cutting" Time at Health & Home Services of Hickory, NC - 11-06-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new office of Health & Home Services. Pictured helping cut the ribbon are: Wendy Chavez, Regional Coordinator, Health & Home Services; Danny Hearn, President, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; Special Guest, Cherie Berry, NC Commissioner of Labor; State Senator Andy Wells; Kurt Jakusz, President, Health & Home Services along with friends and associates.- See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-06-15

It's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored and hosted by Sam's Club, Hickory, NC - 11-06-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" at Sam's Club, sponsored this month by Sam's Club. It was well attended with plenty of valuable door prizes. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-06-15

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" at Pro Staffing in Conover, NC - 11-05-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest office of Pro Staffing, in Conover, NC - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-05-15

The Chamber presents: Women's Leadership Conference 2015 "OWN IT"! held at Moretz Mills in Hickory, NC - 11-04-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual Women's Leadership Conference. This years theme: OWN IT. It was a full house at Moretz Mills with and all star cast and plenty of networking. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-04-15

The Chamber held a "Ribbon Cutting" at Sunrise Appliance in Hickory, NC - 11-04-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Sunrise Appliance store. Owners Paul & Charlynn Bowman cut the ribbon with help of Kevin McIntosh, member Board of Directors, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; City of Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright & friends and employees. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 11-04-15

The Chamber held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest Walmart in Hickory, NC - 10-28-15

Over 200 people attended the early morning ribbon cutting at the newest Walmart in Hickory. Pictured: Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright along with Walmart management & associates help cut the ribbon. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 10-8-15

The Hickory Sportsman's Club, Gala Fall Blacktie Dinner was held at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The Club's Special Guest Speaker, US Naval Special Warfare Development Group Team Leader & one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time; Rob O'Neill. - Conover, NC 10-26-15

Special Guest Speaker to the Hickory Sportsman's Club, Rob O'Neill, USN, autographs the evening programs for members. - See More, click here - Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, NC - 10-26-15

It's the NC League of Municipalities "ignition!" CityVision 2015 Convention and Annual Business Meeting at the Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC - 10-11-15

The four day North Carolina League of Municipalities "ignition!", CityVision 2015 Convention and Annual Business Meeting wound up with the President's Banquet & Inaugural Gala at the Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem. For entertainment, Tyler Perry's Musical Director Ronnie Garrett and last year's hit band at the NCLM, "Party On The Moon's" leader, Dennis Smith, teamed up. Their creation is the high energy national act, "Jessie's Girls". After dinner conventioneers danced the night away to this 16 piece cover band that shares a choreographer with Beyonce. "Jessie's Girls" has toured internationally for more that 5 years. Photo: No explanation needed. "Jessie's Girls" rocked the house. - See More, click here - Winston-Salem, NC - 10-12-15

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of Lanez Florist & Gifts, in the Mountain View area. - Hickory, NC - 10-16-15

It's another Catawba Chamber of Commerce "Ribbon Cutting" at the new location of Lanez Florist & Gifts in the Mountain View section of Hickory. Photo: Surrounded by friends, family and employees, owner Twanna Kiser is assisted by Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli & Hickory Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem, Hank Guess. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 10-16-15

It's the Chamber's "Annual Membership Golf Classic" at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs, presented by Cosmo Motors, Hickory, NC - 10-09-15

It's the Chamber's "Annual Membership Golf Classic" at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs, presented by Cosmo Motors. Pictured: Lindsay M. Keisler, IOM, Senior Vice President, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and WHKY-AM Radio Air Personality, Hal Rowe. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 10-09-15

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at the Children's Advocacy & Protection Center, Conover, NC - 10-01-15

It's another Catawba Chamber of Commerce "Ribbon Cutting" at the Children's Advocacy & Protection Center, Conover. Pictured here: The management team and employees help cut the ribbon for the new addition. - See More, click here - Conover, NC - 10-01-15

What did you do in Detroit, Pat?

Before showing up at my 50 year High School Reunion, below, I stopped by to see my old friend Les Gold, star of TV's "Hard Core Pawn" at his store in the Motor City. Then on to my first part time job, while still in high school, WXYZ-AM/FM/TV. Scroll down, I'm sitting in what was once the main studio for "The Soupy Sales Show". But the most fun was below, at the reunion!

The West Bloomfield High School Class of 1965, 50 Year Reunion at Gino's Famous Show Bar & Party Room. - Keego Harbor, Michigan - 09-26-15

The West Bloomfield High School Class of 1965, 50 Year Reunion at Gino's Famous Show Bar & Party Room. - See Friday Night photos, click here - See Saturday Night photos, click here - Keego Harbor, Michigan - 09-26-15

The City of Hickory "Patriots Day" Cermony held on the square. - Hickory, NC - 09-11-15

The City of Hickory held it's Patriots Day Ceremony on the square, downtown. It's a remembrance of the Americans killed by the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Guest Speaker was Retired FBI Special Agent and Hickory resident, Gary Swinkey. Special Agent Swinkey was the FBI's lead investigator for Flight 93 which is the plane that crashed into the countryside of Shanksville, PA at 10:03 am on September 11, 2011. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 09-11-15

The Catawba County of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by Sam's Club at The Hickory YMCA. - Hickory, NC - 04-03-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by Sam's Club and this week hosted by Trinity Ridge. Pictured: Lindsay M. Keisler, IOM - Senior Vice President presents one of may door prizes to another lucky attendee. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 09-04-15

The Chamber held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new 72 Degrees Heating & Air Conditioning, now under new management. - Hickory, NC - 09-02-15

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright assists Dempsey Miller, Managing Partner and one of the new owners of 72 Degrees Heating & Air Conditioning cut the ribbon. - For all the photos, click here - Conover, NC - 09-02-15

The Hickory Young Professionals "Top 10 Under 40" winners & the inaugural Class of 4D-360º Graduates at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. - Conover, NC - 08-27-15

The Hickory Young Professionals held a recognition Luncheon at Rock Barn Golf & Spa for the "Top 10 Under Forty" movers and shakers in Catawba County. Also saluted was the Inaugural Class of 4D-360º graduates. Pictured: The Top Ten Under 40 and sponsors. - For the 4D-360º graduates & all the photos, click here - Conover, NC - 07-27-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at Cox Communications Transmitter & Tower, Charlotte, NC - 08-26-15

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, Charlotte, held it's monthly meeting at the Cox Communications Transmitter Facility. It houses two Charlotte stations, WSOC-TV Channel 9 and WAXN-TV Channel 64. The Engineers had lunch in the "Breezeway". Of course everyone there knew that we weren't on the Front Porch or the Back Porch and just 4µs before we Burst. The food was very good! Photo: Vanna Whites younger sister, Ipanna (aka Brittany Hilton, Inside Sales Manager, SCMS.com) shows off one of three monster Inductive Output Tubes that power the WSOC-TV signal. - See all the photos, click here - Charlotte, NC - 07-26-15

The "SIR" (Seniors, Information & Resources) Expo was held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. - Hickory, NC - 08-25-15

The Senior's Information & Resources Expo filled the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Plenty of information for Senior Citizens and their children, from nursing homes to luxury vacations, it had something for everyone. Photo Credit: Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn signed Elvis and Marilyn to show up for photo opps with the guests. Never got the name of the man on the right, but I think witness protection got him a job as a high class Maitre D' in the Viewmont section of Hickory. He kept telling me, "your tables ready....". - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 08-25-15

The Newton Old Soldiers Parade drew over 10,000 people to the week long festivities.- Newton, NC - 08-20-15

The Soldiers Reunion celebration in Newton, NC is believed to be the longest running patriotic celebration in the United States not based on a holiday. The tradition began in Newton on July 4, 1889, when Civil War veterans answered a statewide call for recognition of their wartime efforts and to receive their pensions. The gathering in Newton let to annual reunions, starting the popular patriotic Soldiers Reunion. Today, the celebration offers a variety of family friendly activities and events for veterans and the community to enjoy, many of which are centered around the iconic 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton. Pictured: "Good Ole Boys" march in the parade. - See all the photos, click here - Newton, NC - 08-20-15

The Top 11 Finalists for the 2015 "Edison Award" appear together for the first time at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. - Hickory, NC - 08-18-15

The SBTDC (Small Business & Technology Development Center) & The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a photo opp and workshop today for the 11 Semi Finalists of the 2015 Edison Award. The Grand prize is $10,000. Pictured here are the Semi Finalists in alphabetical order: Baby Me - Laquita Wright; Backscratcher - William Hampton; Blingbook - Adele McLean; College Care Crate - Alex Freeman; Funding for Good - Mandy Pearce; Icustomsofa - Roger Helton; Naughton Braun Wholesale Pearls - Stacieann Yuhasz; NorthWind Companies, LLC - Drew Petersen; OFC Champions Cup - Jeremy Huffman; RassDes - Jerry Hamby & SkillBuilder, LLC - Johnny Vang.- See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 08-18-15

It's VIP Night before the opening day at Chick-Fil-A in the Viewmont Section of Hickory. - Hickory, NC - 08-10-15

It's the VIP Pre Grand Opening party at Hickory's newest Chick-fil-A in the Viewmont Section of Hickory. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 08-10-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at Beasley Broadcast Group Studios, Charlotte cluster, Charlotte, NC - 07-22-15

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, Charlotte, held it's annual dinner meeting at the Beasley Broadcast Group Studios. Telos Systems and Broadcast General Store sponsored the dinner. In Charlotte, Beasley Media operates: WPEG-FM 97.9 (Power 98); WKQC-FM (K104.7); WNKS-FM 95.1 (Kiss); WBAV-FM (V101.9); WSOC-FM 103.7; WBCN-AM 610 & WBCN-AM (Talk 1660). On Dec. 1, 2014, Beasley took over CBS Radios Charlotte stations, as part of a transaction with CBS Radio that also included station transfers in Tampa, Miami and Philadelphia. CBS had operated radio stations in Charlotte since 1997, but traded them to gain operations in larger cities where there was synergy with other broadcast properties. When the deal was consummated, Beasley wound up with 53 radio stations in 12 cities, including 12 stations it already operated in Eastern North Carolina - Pictured L to R: Benjamin Brinitzer, Regional VP Engineering, Iheart Media, Inc. and Alan R. Lane, Engineering/IT Manager, Beasley Broadcast Group, Charlotte, present the SBE Chapter Engineer of the Year Award to Beasley Broadcast Engineer, Brad Humphries. - See all the photos, click here - Charlotte, NC - 07-22-15

It's a Chamber "Ribbon Cutting" at the Grand Opening of Lake Hickory Marina and the new home of Lake Hickory Adventures.com. - Hickory, NC - 06-30-15

Two Ribbon Cuttings, No Waiting! The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at Opening of Lake Hickory Marina and then the new home "Ribbon Cutting" of Lake Hickory Adventures.com Dinner Cruise Boat. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-30-15

It's a Chamber "Ribbon Cutting" at Opening Night of the Carolina Theatre Companies production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" Hickory, NC - 06-26-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at Opening Night of the Carolina Theatre Companies production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe"®. Pictured helping Executive Director, Lesia Kaye cut the ribbon are employees and performers with Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli to her left and on the far left side is Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, member, Robert Broome. The musical will be performed in the auditorium at the SALT Block, 243 3rd. Avenue, NE, Hickory, NC. For tickets and more information call 828-330-0182 - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-26-15

It's a Chamber "Ribbon Cutting" at StaffMasters newest location. Hickory, NC - 06-23-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of StaffMasters, in Hickory. Pictured Hickory City Mayor Rudy Wright (in blue) helps cut the ribbon as executives, staff and well wishers look on. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-23-15

It's the "39th. Air Race Classic" , Fredericksburg, VA to Fairhope, AL with a stop in Hickory, NC - 06-22-15

The 39th. Annual "Air Race Classic" zoomed in to Hickory Regional Airport as one of the way points in the Ladies only air race that was started by Amelia Airhart and was originally known as the power puff derby. Pilot and co pilot race from Fredericksburg, VA to Fairhope, AL to win a $5000 prize. It's a race from Washington's boyhood home to the Heart of Dixie by small private plane. For more informatin goto: www.airraceclassic.org - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 06-22-15

It's "Schmoozapalooza" on the Square. Hickory, NC - 06-18-15

Schmoozapalooza Time! Your Catawba County Chamber of Commerce was partner again this year with "Tastin', Tunes & Tomatoes" at the Hickory Farmer's Market during Catawba County's "Eat, Drink & Be Local Week!". All the action was on the Square in Downtown Hickory. Approx. 50 Chamber Shareholders & Investors, along with 25 farm vendors from the region were exhibiting their wares. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 06-18-15

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" at Superior Insurance of Hickory, NC - 06-16-15

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of Superior Insurance of Hickory. Pictured: Chamber officials help Agent Derrick Arledge cut the Ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 06-16-15

It's "First Friday Morning Brew" at Old Still Golf Club, sponsored by Sam's Club. Hickory, NC - 06-05-15

Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President, Danny Hearn chats with the members and guests at "First Friday Morning Brew". The event is sponsored by Sam's Club and this month hosted by The Old Still Golf Club. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 06-05-15

It's a Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Wildskeins Yarn Company. - Hickory, NC - 06-02-15

The Chamber held a "Ribbon Cutting" at Hickory's newest business, Wildskeins Yarn Company. Pictured holding scissors is Wildskeins Owner, Camantha Corsi and to her left is Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli and Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, member, Robert Broome - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 06-02-15

Nationally known ESPN Broadcaster, Scott Alexander does a remote from Back Streets Bar & Grill in Hickory to his home turf of ESPN 100.3 New Orleans. - Hickory, NC 05-21-15

Nationally known ESPN Broadcaster, Scott Alexander does a remote from Back Streets Bar & Grill in Hickory. The night before he introduced football great, Archie Manning as the key note speaker at the Hickory Sportsmans Club gala black tie dinner, held at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Scott is the Afternoon Sports Talk Show Host on ESPN's 100.3 in New Orleans. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-21-15

The Hickory Sportsman's Club Black Tie late Spring Meeting, featuring football great, Archie Manning. Conover, NC 05-20-15

Football Great, Archie Manning was key note speaker at the Hickory Sportsmans Club gala black tie dinner, held at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. Manning told stories of being a player and entertained the crowd. It was a packed house that turned out to hear one of Sports living legends. They were not disappointed. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-20-15

It's a Dinner Cruise on the new "Lake Hickory Adventures", Cruise boat! It's what Summer Time is all about! - Hickory, NC - 05-19-15

There's something you don't see everyday! At least not on a Yacht's dive platform. It's a happy married couple relaxing on the brand new Lake Hickory Adventures, Dinner Cruise boat. The cruise is locally owned and operated and leaves twice daily from the foot of Catawba Avenue, better known as Lakeside Pizza & Tavern Docks. It's a low budget way to kill an afternoon or early evening. For more information about group outings call 828-612-0963. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-19-15

"Business at the Ball Park" Grab a dog and a drink and watch the game! - Hickory, NC - 05-05-15

It's the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce annual "Business at the Ball Park" Lot's of fun, with Hot Dogs and Suds as we cheered on the Hickory Crawdads to a 4-3 victory over the Greensboro Grass Hoppers. The Crawdads are the AAA feeder team to Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-07-15

"Boost Your Business" using FaceBook. Was held at The Crossing at Hollar Mill, Guest Speakers were Chamber President, Danny Hearn and US Congressman Patrick McHenry. - Hickory, NC - 05-05-15

The "Boost Your Business" with FaceBook made a three city stop in North Carolina. The last but not least was Hickory with a full house at The Crossing at Hollar Mill. Pictured: Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President, Danny Hearn, speaks to the group. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-05-15

"Legacy Leadership" Breakfast Briefing, featuring Congressman Patrick McHenry. - Hickory, NC - 05-05-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "Legacy Leadership Breakfast Briefing" with featured Guest Speaker, US Congressman, Patrick McHenry. The meeting was held at the new CVCC Corporate Development Center. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-05-15

"First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by & hosted by Sam's Club. - Hickory, NC - 05-01-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" for May, sponsored & hosted by Sam's Club. Pictured here is another happy Door Prize winner. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 05-01-15

"Ribbon Cutting" and Grand Opening of American Honor Ale House & Brewery at Hollar Mills. - Hickory, NC - 04-30-15

Jeff Walker and Todd Rice, partners in Blowing Rock Brewing Company, are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of American Honor Ale House & Brewery at Hollar Mill, in Hickory, NC. The Brewery's first beers to be released in the American Honor series, include "Red Rider American" and "Hop On n'Ride". Helping the partners are Brewmaster, Ray Hodge & other employees along with Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-30-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at iHeartMEDIA's Charlotte cluster, Charlotte, NC - 04-29-15

The topic of the lunch: "NAB Happenings at the Show". The National Association of Broadcasters held their annual convention in Las Vegas, last week and Benjamin Brinitzer reported back to those who couldn't attend in person. The meeting also included a TV review of pending new laws by SBE member Ted Hand. Pictured: Benjamin Brinitzer, CPBE, AMD, MCP & Regional VP Engineering, IHeart Media, Inc. discusses antenna propagation on tower faces. The Charlotte Cluster of IHeart Media includes: WRFX-FM; WKKT-FM; WLKO-FM; WEND-FM; WHQC-FM; FOX Sports; Ace & TJ Radio Network; Woody & Wilcox Radio Network & using IHeart Studio Facilities, The John Boy & Billy Radio Network. - See all the photos, click here Charlotte, NC - 04-26-15

Chad & Marisa Haas Wedding, PAGE-1 of 5 - at Luchi Farms of Conover, NC - 04-26-15

Presenting for the first time, Mr. & Mrs. Chad & Marisa Haas. The couple got married on location at Luchi Farms of Conover, NC. - See all the photos, click here Conover, NC - 04-26-15

"Ribbon Cutting" at Brookdale Falling Creek, Senior Living. - Hickory, NC - 04-24-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at Brookdale Falling Creek, a part of Brookdale Senior Living. Pictured: Executives, employees and residents help City of Hickory, Mayor Rudy Wright, cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-24-15

The Catawba County United Way 2014-15 "Spirit Awards" & Annual Meeting, Conover, NC - 04-22-15

The Catawba County United Way 2014-15 "Spirit Awards" & Annual Meeting was held today at Catawba Country Club. Many awards were given out, including Employee/Corporate Campaign Awards, School Awards & Volunteer of the Year award. Pictured: Making a point; Bill Cable of Peoples Bank & 2014 Campaign Chairmen/2015 Vice-President. - See all the photos, click here Newton, NC - 04-22-15

"Ribbon Cutting" at Brookdale Hickory Northeast, Senior Living. - Hickory, NC - 04-22-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at Brookdale Hickory Northeast a part of Brookdale Senior Living. Pictured: Executives, employees and residents help cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-22-15

"Ribbon Cutting" & Grand Opening at Fourk Restaurant in the Viewmont section. - Hickory, NC - 04-20-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" for the Grand Opening of Fourk on Fourth, an upscale casual restaurant serving modern American cuisine. Pictured: Holding the Scissors are owners Erica & Sean Coustead along with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and Executives, employees, Chamber Members & Hickory City Councilman, Hank Guess helping cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-20-15

"Ribbon Cutting" at Grand Opening of Moretz Mill with special guest, SuperModel Kathy Ireland. - Hickory, NC - 04-17-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" for the Grand Opening of Moretz Mill. John & Marilyn Moretz are assisted by SuperModel Kathy Ireland, who flew in specially for the occasion. They are surrounded by employees, Chamber Members & Hickory City Councilman, Hank Guess and many friends. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-17-15

"Ribbon Cutting" at FastMed Urgent Care. - Hickory, NC - 04-16-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" for FastMed Urgent Care. Pictured here are Urgent Care Executives, employees, Chamber Members & Hickory City Councilman, Hank Guess helping cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-17-15

"Ribbon Cutting" at Community One Bank. - Hickory, NC - 04-16-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" for Community One Bank. Pictured here are Bank Executives, employees, Chamber Members & Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright helping cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-16-15

The Catawba County of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by Sam's Club at The Hickory YMCA. - Hickory, NC - 04-03-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by Sam's Club and this week hosted by the Downtown YMCA. Pictured here is another happy Door Prize winner. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-03-15

The Catawba County of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" to celebrate the new Bakery-cafe. - Hickory, NC - 04-02-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest Panera Bread Bakery Cafe on Highway 70 next to The Hickory Furniture Mart. Pictured: Hizz Honor, City of Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright helps employees and executives of Panera Bread, cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 04-02-15

The Catawba County of Commerce held it's "New Member Luncheon" at the Outback Steakhouse. This Spring over 50 new members have join forces with the Chamber of Commerce. - Hickory, NC - 04-01-15

The Catawba County of Commerce held it's "New Member Luncheon" at the Outback Steakhouse. This Spring over 50 new members have join forces with the Chamber of Commerce. Photo far right: Chamber President, Danny Hearn, chats with the group. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-01-15

The Catawba County Partnership for Children celebrates their 20 year anniversary and new location with a "Ribbon Cutting". - Hickory, NC - 03-26-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" to celebrate 20 years in business and new location grand opening, of The Catawba County partnership for Children. Left to Right: holding yellow ribbon, Mary-Margaret Baker, 2014-2015 Board Chair; Kim Holden, Executive Director; Hizz Honor, City of Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright & behind Mayor Wright; Robert Broome, Board Chair Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; plus many supporters and friends. - See all the photos, click hereHickory, NC - 03-26-15

"The Future of Catawba County" presented by the Catawba Chamber' of Commerce. - Hickory, NC - 03-25-15

The Future of Catawba County was presented to a packed house at The Crossings at Hollar Mill by The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Many guest speakers were heard, during this morning long event, from business, manufacturing, county schools and universities, to name a few. - See all the photos, click here Hickory, NC - 03-25-15

The Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at Groucho's Deli, celebrating over 10 years in business in Hickory. - Hickory, NC - 03-24-15

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" to celebrate 10 years in business of local landmark, Downtown, on the square, Groucho's Deli. City of Hickory, Mayor Rudy Wright, helped cut the ribbon. - See all the photos, click hereHickory, NC - 03-24-15

The Catawba Science Center held it's annual "Silent Auction" Italian Dinner at Lake Hickory Country Club. It was a great success with many gifts to purchase with proceeds going to a great cause. - Hickory, NC - 03-21-15

The Catawba Science Center held it's annual "Silent Auction" Italian Dinner at Lake Hickory Country Club. It was a great success with many gifts to purchase with proceeds going to a great cause. Pictured here: Party goer's kill a bottle of Red with a toast to the Science Centers success! - See all the photos, click hereHickory, NC - 03-21-15

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and WBTV's Maureen O'Boyle present a large check to Levine'Children's Hospital. - Hickory, NC - 03-11-15

Hickory, NC Mayor Rudy Wright hosted a check presentation that included Charlotte, WBTV's Anchor/Reporter Maureen O'Boyle, along with Carolina Cycle Challenge supporters. Levine Children's Hospital was the beneficiary of over sixty seven thousand dollars. Included in the list of givers are more than 700 cyclists, 400 volunteers & government and community leaders. Also hundreds of businesses and Rotary Club members made this a success. Photo L-R includes: Maureen O'Boyle, WBTV; Jack McCaskill; Javier Osterhault; Bill Shillito; Mark Childers & Rob Dickerson. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 03-11-15

The Catawba Valley Tea Party's "Salute to Law Enforcement" at Tri-City Baptist Church. - Conover, NC - 03-06-15

The Catawba Valley Tea Party held a "Salute to Law Enforcement" dinner and Awards Ceremony at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover, NC. Law Enforcement officers from all over the county attended. Pictured is one of Conover's Finest, dinning with his family. - See all the photos, click here - Conover, NC - 03-06-15

The Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by Sam's Club, hosted by Habitat for Humanity-Restore. - Hickory, NC - 03-06-15

The Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew", sponsored by Sam's Club and this month, hosted by Habitat For Humanity-Restore, in Hickory, NC. Pictured: "Two Happy Campers", L to R; Chamber members Mike Carpenter, APICS & R. Alan Barnhardt, Executive Director, Catawba Science Center. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 03-06-15

The Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" during the Grand Opening of the new Walgreens. - Conover, NC - 02-24-15

The Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the Grand Opening of the new Walgreens in Conover, NC. In the photo the Walgreens General Manager hold the scissors with the help of Conover Mayor Lee Moritz. - See all the photos, click here - Conover, NC - 02-24-15

The Chamber's "Annual Shareholders & Investors Luncheon with Guest Speaker, Tommy Spaulding at Catawba County Metro Convention Center - Hickory, NC - 02-18-15

The Chamber's "Annual Shareholders & Investors Luncheon hosted dynamic guest speaker, Tommy Spaulding. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 02-18-15

The Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored & hosted by Sam's Club. - Hickory, NC - 02-06-15

The Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" was hosted & sponsored by Sam's Club. Today is was a full house at 7:30 am! - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 02-06-15

Brushy Mountain Golf Club's "Bridal Fair", Taylorsville, NC - 01-31-15

Everything you need to make your Weddings dreams come true, under one roof. It's the first annual Bridal Fair at the newly renovated Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville, NC. Lots of vendors from Food & Beverage Catering to Travel and Entertainment. - See all the photos, click here - Taylorsville, NC - 01-31-15

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, meets at iHeartMEDIA's Charlotte cluster, Charlotte, NC - 01-21-15

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, held their first meeting of the year at iHeartMEDIA's (formerly Clear Channel Communications) Charlotte Cluster. This months luncheon meeting was sponsored by nationally known Broadcast equipment dealer SCMS, Inc. of Charlotte. Featured Speaker was Larry Airey, Senior Trade Ally Outreach Representative from Duke Energy. Mr. Airey spoke about energy incentives for corporations. He gave us some outstanding & useful information to keep the power bill at it's lowest. In addition to being the originating point for the nationally syndicated "John Boy & Billy Show" & "The Ace & TJ Show", iHeartMEDIA Charlotte also operates WKKT-FM "The KAT", WHQC-FM, WRFX-FM, "The Fox", WEND-FM "1065, The END", WLKO-FM "The Lake" & Total Traffic Radio. Pictured: VP Engineering, Ben Brinitzer, points out some of the technical features at iHeartMEDIA's TOC (Technical Operation Center). - See all the photos, click here - Charlotte, NC - 01-21-15

The Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" and Open House at Whitfield's Flowers & More held Tuesday. - Hickory, NC - 01-13-15

It's a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Whitfield's Flowers & More. This is the new location in the Viewmont section of Hickory, NC. Pictured: Friends, Employees and well wishers help Jeri & Tom Hartshorn, the new owners of Whitfield's, cut the ribbon along with Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 01-13-15

The Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored by Sam's Club and this month hosted by Peoples Bank. - Hickory, NC 01-09-15

It's the first Door Prize winner of the NEW Year! And the first, "First Friday Morning Brew" of the New Year too. Sponsored by Sam's Club and hosted this month at Peoples Bank. - See all the photos, click here - Hickory, NC - 01-09-15

Three Swearing In Ceremonies, District Attorney David Learner, District Judge, David W. Aycock and Superior Court Judge, Daniel A. Kuehnert. - Morganton, NC - 01-02-15

At 1pm New Year's day the new District Attorney, David Learner was sworn into office, his wife holds the Bible. This was the first of three swearing in ceremonies held for this region of North Carolina. See the next two, below. - See all the photos, click here - Morganton, NC - 01-01-15

At 2pm New Year's day, new District Judge, David W. Aycock was sworn into office, his wife & daughter holds the Bible. For the last of three swearing in ceremonies, scroll down. - See all the photos, click here - Morganton, NC - 01-01-15

At 3pm New Year's day, new Superior Court Judge, Daniel A. Kuehnert was sworn into office, his wife holds the Bible. - See all the photos, click here - Morganton, NC - 01-01-15

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