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The Chamber welcomes Custom Laser Creations to the Hickory Hickory/Catawba County area. Hickory, NC. - 12-20-16

The Chamber welcomes Custom Laser Creations to the Hickory Hickory/Catawba County area. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-20-16

The Hickory Young Professionals held their "Top 10 Under 40" Recognition Luncheon 2016 at Lake Hickory Country Club. Hickory, NC. - 12-20-16

The Hickory Young Professionals held their "Top 10 Under 40" Recognition Luncheon 2016, at Lake Hickory Country Club. The award recognizes deserving young movers & shakers, under 40 years of age in the Hickory area, for their continued dedication to make Hickory a better place. Pictured, Front Row LtoR: Zachary DeLaRosa, Events Committee Chair – Transportation Insight; Marcus Houston, The Zeida Company & Z Box Mattress; Anna Hall, Macaroni Kid; Dr. Summer Carrol, Lenoir-Rhyne University; Douglas Locascio, The Hickory Crawdads baseball team; Erin Christou, Transportation Insight; Back Row: Anthony Laxton, Chairman Leadership Committe & The Jackson Group; David Mofford, Crawford Sprinkler Company; Will Locke, American Honor Ale House & Brewery; Grant Rembert, Wells Fargo Advisors; not pictured; Bo Bennett, Lees-McRae College, Hickory Office. Congratulations to all!. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-20-16

Paw Tales "Photo shoot for Dogs & Cats" at Paw Tales, Lodge & Day Spa.

Paw Tales "Photo shoot for Dogs & Cats" at Paw Tales, Lodge & Day Spa. Note: If you see your pet's picture, you may right click on it, "save as" and then print it out on your computers printer. If you would like a chemical print (traditional), please right click and write down the photo number. It should look like this #PAS183113 or above. Call or email Paw Tales with the photo #. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-16-16

"Hickory Holiday" Downtown on the Square with Mr. & Mrs. Kris Kringle. - Hickory, NC - 12-15-16

The Hickory Downtown Development Development Authority held it's "Hickory Holiday" this evening with Hay Rides, Hot Chocolate, Musicians, Singers & Santa & Mrs. Kris Kringle. Remember to right click on the photos to "Save As" and also print them out. This is our 8 year, working with Mr. & Mrs. Kringle. He told me that on January first, he and the Mrs. are taking two weeks off to lay in the sun at their condo in Boca Raton. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-15-16

The Catawba County United Way & Paramount KIA gives away a NEW CAR, Hickory, NC - 12-14-16

It was down to ten people as semi-finalists in the United Way of Catawba County "Win a Car" sweepstakes. Contestants from firms all over the County pledged the amount of one hour of their pay, for every month thru the calendar year. Ten semi-finalists were were chosen at random and got to try one of ten keys to the car. This is the fifth car in five years that Bennie Yount, President of Paramount KIA has given to the United Way for this contest. Photo, L to R: Nick Kincaid, VP, Paramount KIA, 2016 United Way Winner; Dakotah Morel who is employed by Catawba County DSS, Foster Care, Div. & Bennie Yount, President, Paramount KIA. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-14-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Livanta Medical Center in Hickory, NC. - 12-09-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Livanta Medical Center. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-09-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at First USA Storage in Newton, NC. - 12-08-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new First USA Storage on Hwy 70 in the Newton/Conover area. Employees, owners and the Mayor of Newton helped cut the ribbon. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Newton, NC - 12-08-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "First Friday Morning Brew" hosted by Warehouse 18 and sponsored by Sam's Club in Hickory, NC. - 12-02-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "First Friday Morning Brew" hosted by Warehouse 18 and sponsored by Sam's Club in Hickory, NC. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-02-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce & Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce has a "Ribbon Cutting" at Food Factory Craft Diner, right on the County Line, Hickory, NC. - 12-01-16

Yes! Two Chambers, no waiting. The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce & Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce has a "Ribbon Cutting" at Food Factory Craft Diner, right on the County Line, Hickory, NC. - 12-01-16 See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 12-01-16

Bruce Meisner Wedding, Hickory, NC. - 11-26-16

Gonna TIe the Knot?? We'd love to be there and capture all the excitment and fun. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-26-16

Commissioning of the new 5 Mega Watt, Rock Barn Solar Facility, Conover, NC. - 11-18-16

The Commissioning of the new Rock Barn Solar Facility in Conover, NC. was held this morning. The Five Mega-Watt system took 2 years to build. Pictured Left to Right: Harry Acheampong, Project Manager, Solar Division, Melink Corporation; Colin Derhammer, Dir Engineering, Solar Div, Melink Corporation; William Parrish, Vice President, Rock Barn Properties; Don Beaver, Developer, RB Solar, LLC; Vickie Beaver, Choice Health Management, LLC; Donna Jones, Sr. VP, Solar Div, Melink Corporation; Robin Nicholson, District Manager, Duke Energy and Jeremy Chapman, VP Solar Div. Melink Corporation. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-08-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce hosts "New Member Luncheon" at Restaurant Fourk, Hickory, NC. - 11-08-16

The Catawba Chamber of Commerce held it's "New Member Luncheon" at Restaurant Fourk in Hickory. Good food & Good Fellowship, that's the ticket. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-08-16

Hickory Sportsman's Club presents an evening with Lee Corso at Rock Barn Country Club & Spa, Conover, NC - 11-07-16

The Hickory Sportsman's Club proves once again it's the hottest ticket in town. Their fall Gala Black Tie Dinner meeting was held at Rock Barn Country Club & Spa. Special Guest Speaker was ESPN's Lee Corso. Lee has been with ESPN since 1987 and wowed the well dressed crowd with stories and behind the scenes info. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-07-16

Nothing fishy about The Annual GOP Fish Fry at Bandy's High School, Catawba, NC - 11-05-16

The annual Balls Creek Republican Fish Fry was held on Saturday. There was Fish, Fry's, music from The Cockman Family and just a few GOP candidates. Senator Richard Burr, Congressman Patrick McHenry, Justice Bob Edmunds, Labor Commissioner Cherry Berry, Representative Mitchell Setzer and many more. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-05-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce hosts "First Friday Morning Brew", sponsored & hosted by Sam's Club, Hickory, NC. - 11-04-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's monthly "First Friday Morning Brew", this month as all year long, sponsored by Sam's Club and hosted this month at Sam's Club. Photo Caption: Another happy Door Prize Winner! See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-04-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual "Women's Leadership Conference" at Moretz Mills, Hickory, NC. - 11-02-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual "Women's Leadership Conference", presented by Frye Regional Medical Center. This full day conference is designed to empower, encourage, educate, entertain and provide breakthrough success strategies for women in their professional careers. Photo Caption: A packed house at Moretz Mills big room listened and learned from a dynamic line up of four speakers: Andi Stevenson, Consultant, Coach & Executive Director of the Lee Institute in Charlotte; Diane Consolino, a dynamic, fun & engaging speaker, rule breaker and Executive Coach form Dallas, Texas; Kelly Irons, founder & owner of DevelopUs, an employee development group that helps leaders be better leaders and teams be better teams; and Sara Galloway, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with Frye Care Physicians Network who strives to increase quality of life and health promotion and prevention. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-02-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has a "Ribbon Cutting" for the completely renovated Old Still Golf Club, Hickory, NC. - 11-01-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the newly renovated Old Still Golf Club in Hickory. Picture Caption: Management and Chamber Members cut the ribbon. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 11-01-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has a "Ribbon Cutting" & Grand Opening of Ashe Van Lines, Hickory, NC. - 10-27-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the Open House at Ashe Van Lines in Hickory. Picture Caption: Mayor Rudy Wright, out of town on City business, misses the best Buffet Line of the year, as the owner cuts the ribbon. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-27-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has a "Ribbon Cutting" for the new location of Hickory Soup Kitchen, Hickory, NC. - 10-20-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new and expanded location of the Hickory Soup Kitchen in Downtown, Hickory. Picture Caption: Mayor Rudy Wright, proves once again, he has the fastest scissors in town. . See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-20-16

The Catawba County United Way Building Dedication, Hickory, NC - 10-19-16

After 72 years, your United Way has a permanent home! The Catawba County United Way held a "Building Dedication" at their new home on Tate Boulevard, in Hickory. Picture Caption: Guest Speaker: Stephen Shuford, CEO Shurtape Technologies, spoke on "A Culture of Caring". See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-19-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Dedicates it's Headquarters to Danny Hearn, Hickory, NC. - 10-19-16

The Catawba County Chamber Commerce held a "Building Dedication" for the out going President & CEO, G. Daniel Hearn. Danny has worked in the Chamber Industry for 43 years and given 12 years of service to Catawba County. He also lead our chamber to victory over all other chambers in the US & Canada. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has named the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce "The 2016 Chamber of the Year". In no small part to Danny's help and expertise. On a personal note, I've worked with at least half a dozen Chambers from Michigan to Florida and I've never seen any Chamber Executive who cared more, was more sincere or could hold a candle to Mr. Hearn. He's definitely a legend in the business. And because of it, has elevated the awareness of Hickory, NC and Catawba County. I remember the first time I met Danny, ten years ago. I thought, "Man, this guy is a real Pro!" He was ALWAYS in my corner, I count on him then, and now, for advice and deep background for my Audio Video Post Production endeavors and my nationally syndicated 3 hour weekend radio show, Pat's Country Classics®. It is because of Danny, that we tell my listeners that we're broadcasting from Hickory, NC and keep them updated on what our chamber is doing and implore them to join their local Chamber, as it is the last bastion of Capitalism. As the years go by, I'm proud to call him my friend and I send my most sincere congratulations. Danny 'you 'Da Man! Now take the rest of the afternoon off and hit the back nine. Picture Caption: Danny Hearn surrounded by Chamber employees and the Board of Directors. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-19-16

A "Ribbon Cutting" & new ownership of It's My Party Rentals, Hickory, NC. - 10-17-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce welcomes It's My Party Rentals to the Chamber and also celebrates new owner ship of the enterprise. Photo caption: Mayor Rudy Wright of the City of Hickory cuts the ribbon assisted by owners Travis & Tara Bland & employees and friends. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-17-16

A "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Hickory Dermatology in Hickory, NC. - 10-14-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Hickory Dermatology into their new building. Photo caption: Hickory City Mayor Rudy Wright wields the scissors as staff and management look on. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-14-16

Another Chamber "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Hungry Howies Pizza next to the Walmart on Springs Road. - Hickory, NC. - 10-11-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the new Hungry Howies Pizza, next to Walmart on Springs Road. Photo caption: Hickory City Mayor Rudy Wright wields the scissors as staff and management look on. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-11-16

Education Matters held a two day "Career Prep, Mock Conference" at CVCC for graduating Seniors. - Hickory, NC. - 10-11-16

Education Matters held a two day "Career Prep, Mock Conference" at CVCC for graduating Seniors. Approximately 500 Seniors from Hickory High, Hickory Career & Arts Magnet, Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School, participated in this two day event to gain employability skills and valuable information to help them succeed in career preparation prior to high school graduation. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-11-16

The 31st. Annual "Oktoberfest" on the Square, sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Authority. Hickory, NC. - 10-09-16

The 31st. Annual "Oktoberfest" on the Square, sponsored by the Hickory Downtown Development Authority was held this weekend in Hickory, NC. Plenty of music on three stages with every format from Polka to Country. And plenty of beer and food. You can nosh on German Sausage, Barvarian strudel to deep fried Funnel Cake. Something for everybody. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-09-16

The Annual "Re-Elect Sheriff Coy Reid BBQ dinner at Catawba County Fair Grounds. Hickory, NC. - 10-06-16

The "Re-Elect Sheriff Coy Reid campaign held it's annual Sheriff Coy Reid BBQ Dinner at the Catawba County Fair Grounds in Hickory, NC. Pictured: Representing the 89th District in the NC House of Representatives is Rep. Mitchell Setzer. Rep. Setzer is presenting one of the highest honors in NC. The "Order of the Long Leaf Pine" confirmed by Governor Pat McCroy and the State Legislature. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 10-06-16

The Chamber's 27th. Annual Membership Golf Classic at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs, Presented by: Cosmo Motors, Hickory, NC. - 09-30-16

The Catawba County Chamber Commerce held it's 27th. Annual Membership Golf Classic, presented by Cosmo Motors at the Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs in Hickory, NC. Good food, fellowship, door prizes and plenty of Mulligans' were the order of the day. This also marked the last day, before retirement, of Chamber President Danny Hearn. Danny, we're gonna' miss you!! Photo caption: I think it's Don Forrest's son. I just happened to wait for the ball. I was as surprised as the putter. The ball just hung there. No Photoshop.See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Catawba Springs, NC - 09-30-16

The Chamber's annual "Peelin' Eatin' & Politickin' Big Doo at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, Hickory, NC. - 09-19-16

The Catawba County Chamber Commerce held it's annual "Peelin' Eatin' & Politickin', Big Doo at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, NC. Politicians from all over Catawba County and the State made appearances. Special guest speaker was North Carolina Governor Pat McCory. Great food from the Rock Barn Chefs and lots of conversation. This is definitely the place to button hole a Senator, Congressman or local Mayor. Pictured Left to Right: NC Governor Pat McCory; Marty Hearn & President Danny Hearn of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is the 2016 winner of The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives "Chamber of the Year". See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Conover, NC - 09-19-16

The Chamber 's "Ribbon Cutting" at Feetures Performance Socks, Hickory, NC. - 09-15-16

The Catawba County Chamber Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new 40,000 Sq Ft. location of the Corporate Offices of Feetures Performance Socks. Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright directed the Ribbon Cutting along with Corporate Executives and family. Guests were treated to a great Buffet and music was supplied by noted pianist Nathan Hefner. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-15-16

The Chamber 's "Professional Womens Mixer" hosted by Club Rule, Hickory, NC. - 09-14-16

The Catawba County Chamber Commerce held it's "Professional Women's Mixer" at the new Cafe Rule restaurant. Cafe Rule is located in the Viewmont section of Hickory and looks forward to a brisk business. From what we've seen, a pleasant time will be had by all. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-12-16

Chamber President Danny Hearn's Retirement Celebration at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC. - 09-12-16

The Catawba County Chamber Commerce held a "Retirement Celebration" for the President & CEO, G. Daniel Hearn. Danny has worked in the Chamber Industry for 43 years and given 12 years of service to Catawba County. He also lead our chamber to victory over all other chambers in the US & Canada. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has named the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce "The 2016 Chamber of the Year". In no small part to Danny's help and expertise. On a personal note, I've worked with at least half a dozen Chambers from Michigan to Florida and I've never seen any Chamber Executive who cared more, was more sincere or could hold a candle to Mr. Hearn. He's definitely a legend in the business. And because of it, has elevated the awareness of Hickory, NC and Catawba County. I remember the first time I met Danny, ten years ago. I thought, "Man, this guy is a real Pro!" He was ALWAYS in my corner, I count on him then, and now, for advice and deep background for my Audio Video Post Production endeavors and my nationally syndicated 3 hour weekend radio show, Pat's Country Classics®. It is because of Danny, that we tell my listeners that we're broadcasting from Hickory, NC and keep them updated on what our chamber is doing and implore them to join their local Chamber, as it is the last bastion of Capitalism. As the years go by, I'm proud to call him my friend and I send my most sincere congratulations. Danny 'you 'Da Man! Now take the rest of the afternoon off and hit the back nine. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-12-16

Hickory Patriots Day Ceremony, On the Square, Downtown, Hickory Hickory, NC. - 09-11-16

The Hickory "Patriots Day Ceremony" is always a moving occasion. This year we heard from two guest speakers: From the Hickory Police Dept., Master Police Officer John R. Wienbrock. Officer Wienbrock has been with the Hickory Police Dept. since 2008 and has had a military career with the United States Marine Corp. and the North Carolina Army National Guard. He spend a deployment in Afganistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 113th. Sustainment Brigade. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals and numerous other medals and badges. - Captain Auton has been with the Hickory Fire Dept. since 1991. He has had a military career with both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard and is currently a member of the North Carolina Air National Guard, where he serves with the civil engineer squadron in Fire Protection and Emergency Services. Auton has served four tours of duty, including deployments for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and most recently supported air operations for Operation Freedom Sentinel against ISIS targets in the Middle East. Auton is decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, among numerous other medals and badges. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-11-16

It's the Hickory Museum of Art's "AutoLawn" Party 2016, Euro Classic Car Show in Hickory, NC. - 09-10-16

It's the "AutoLawn" Party 2016, Euro Classic Car Show held at the Hickory Museum of Art. Sunny day, beautiful cars, friendly folks. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-10-16

It's a Chamber "Ribbon Cutting" at Sam's Club newly renovated store in Hickory, NC. - 09-02-16

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" & complete re-modeling of Sam's Club on Hwy 70, in Hickory. Hickory Mayor Pro-Tem Brad Lail was in charge of the scissors along with Sam's Club Employees and Chamber Executives. See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 08-31-16

It's "First Friday Morning Brew" hosted by Blue Ridge Harley Davidson Buell and sponsored by Sam's Club in Hickory, NC. - 09-02-16

"We're # 1". Your Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, reminds everyone that under Chamber President Danny Hearn, we're #1! The winner of the Association of Chamber Executives, 2016 Chamber of the Year award. Competition for the prestigious award came from all over the United States and Canada and this is a great tribute to the Chamber employees and wonderful gift to celebrate Mr. Hearns retirement with over 43 years in the Chamber Industry. Congratulation's Danny! See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 09-02-16

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" and Open House at Body Treatz in Hickory, NC. - 08-31-16

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" & Open House at the new Body Treatz of Hickory. Body Treats owner Pam Pegram says, they offer soaps and body lotions that are hand-made. Also offering a complete custom product for each individual. They have over 150 different scents to choose from and mix. Tired of Lifebouy and Lava, this is the place for you!! See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 08-31-16

It's the "Prime of Life Senior Expo" at the Catawba County Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC. - 08-30-16

"We're here for the Party". The Prime of Life Senior Expo was held today at Hickory Metro Convention Center. A good time was had by all. This is the 5th. year the Big Doo has had a standing room only crowd.See More, click here - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - Hickory, NC - 08-30-16

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, August BBQ at WSOC-TV Channel 9, Transmitter Center. - Charlotte, NC - 08-24-16

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Charlotte Chapter 45 met Wed, August 24, 2016 at the WSOC-TV Channel 9, ABC affiliate & also WAXN-TV Channel 64 Transmitter complex. Engineers, Ted Hand and Tom Matthews were our hosts and had a great catered North Carolina BBQ. A complete tour of the plant was given to guests & fellow members. Photo Caption: "Schematic? We Don't need no stinkin Schematic!" - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - See More, click here - Charlotte, NC - 08-24-16

The West Bloomfield High School Class of 1966 FIFTY YEAR Reunion at Gino's Famous Show Bar and Pizza Academy, in charming Keego Harbor, Michigan. - 08-17-16

Hi-Jinks ensued as the West Bloomfield High School Class of 1966 held it's FIFTY YEAR Reunion at Gino's Famous Show Bar and Pizza Academy, in charming Keego Harbor, Michigan. - See More, click here - Keego Harbor, MI - 08-17-16

It's a "First Friday Morning Brew" hosted and sponsored by Sam's Club, Hickory, NC. - 08-05-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's August "First Friday Morning Brew", hosted and Sponsored by Sam's Club. Lot's of Networking, good food and great door prizes were instore for all in attendance. - See More, click here - HIckory, NC - 08-05-16

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, business lunch at iHeart Media Center. - Charlotte, NC - 06-29-16

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Charlotte Chapter 45 met Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the iHeart Media Studio complex. Broadcast General Store supplied lunch and a representative from APT gave an interesting overview on their newest products name the Ultimate IP for Broadcasters. The new SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook: "Hands on guide to Station Design and Maintenance" is now available and can be ordered from the SBE Bookstore. The Guide retails for $199 or a SBE Member price of $159. The SBE has archived the webinar, "Sharing of the 2025-2110 MHz Band Between the DoD (Dept. of Defense) and the Broadcast Community", which was held on March 03, 2016. the Webinar describes future sharing of the band by the DoD with Broadcasters and discusses the plan being developed to coordinate its use. There is no coast to view the one hour webinar. - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-29-16

It's the "Sea Plane Splash" at Hickory Regional Airport, Hickory, NC. - 06-17-16

This October, the weekend of 14 thru 16. 2016, there will be a "Sea Plane Fly In". Plenty of fun at Wittenberg Access Lake in Hickory, NC. As this Event is just starting to "get off the ground", so to speak. It's supported and sponsored by many groups, plus there will be Seaplane flights benefiting "Vet KIds". Photo, Left to Right: Sarah Prencipe, Communications Specialist Research & Policy Analyst City of Hickory; David Clark, FBO (Fixed Base Operator) & Airport Operations Director, Hickory Regional Airport; Susan VanFleet, Owner, VanFleet Aviation; Rudy Wright, Mayor, City of Hickory; Terry Clark, Director, Hickory Regional Airport & Ed Tello, Captain, United Airlines & South East Regional Director of Seaplane Pilots Association. - ©2016 Pat Appleson Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Used by Permission - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-17-16

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" and Grand Opening at the new Newton Laundromat, Newton, NC. - 06-14-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" during the Grand Opening of the new Newton Laundromat in Newton, NC. Photo: Assisting the owners cut the ribbon are their family, friends, employees and officials of the City of Newton. - See More, click here - Newton, NC - 06-16-16

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" and Grand Opening at Smoothie King in the Viewmont section of Hickory, NC. - 06-08-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" during the Grand Opening of the newest Smoothie King in the Viewmont section of hickory. Owner Adam Cozzolino cuts the ribbon as associates and the Honorable David Zagaroli, Councilman, City of Hickory assist. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-08-16

It's a "Ribbon Cutting" and Pre-Grand Opening at the newest McDonald's Restaurant. Hickory, NC. - 06-07-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" during the Pre-Grand Opening of the newest McDonald's Restaurant in Hickory, NC. Special guests included the Mayor of Hickory, Rudy Wright and Ronald McDonald! A pleasant time was had by all. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-07-16

It's the Chamber's annual "Investor Only Luncheon" at Conover Station with Special Guest Speaker, Congressman Patrick McHenry. Conover, NC. - 06-03-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual "Investor Only Luncheon" at Conover Station. Their special guest speaker was Congressman Patrick McHenry, who also took questions from the group. - See More, click here - Conover, NC - 06-03-16

It's the Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" at The Peacock Inn sponsored by Sam's Club, Newton, NC. - 06-03-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew", hosted by The Peacock Inn at Catawba Farms and sponsored by Sam's Club. Lot's of good food and great door prizes were instore for all in attendance. - See More, click here - Newton, NC - 06-03-16

It's the Chamber's "Talent Jam" at Hollar Mill. - Hickory, NC. - 06-02-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's first annual "Talent Jam" bringing together employers and folks looking for a job. Event Emcee Tom Ryan led the contestants by putting them in one of two categories, "I need Talent" or "I am Talent". A pleasant time was had by all. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 06-02-16

It's the Hickory Sportsman's Club Annual Spring Dinner Meeting, featuring special guest speaker, Greg Olson #88 of the NFL's Charlotte Panthers. - Conover, NC. - 05-17-16

The Hickory Sportsman's Club Gala Spring Dinner at Rock Barn Country Club & Spa featured NFL and Carolina Panthers Star Greg Olsen, #88. Greg comes off a Super Bowl, and is one of the Carolina Panthers all Time Fan Favorites. Greg was named All-Pro, 2015 NFL Man of the Year finalist, Leader in the locker room, devoted husband and father and selfless servant to his community. - See More, click here - Conover, NC - 05-17-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the new location of NC Works Career Center. - Conover, NC. - 05-16-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce helped with the grand opening & "Ribbon Cutting" at the new location of Catawba Counties's NCWorks Career Center located in the recently renovated and repurposed Conover Station. Guest speakers included: Ms. Wendy Johnson, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG); Honorable George Hollerman, Mayor, Town of Taylorsville & WPCOG Board Chair; Honorable Lee Moritz, Mayor, City of Conover; Honorable William Collins, Assistant Secretary, NC Division of WOrkforce Solutions; Ms. Felicia Setzer, Center Manager, NCWorks Career Center-Catawba, NC Division of Workforce Solutions. Pictured: Honorable Lee Moritz, Mayor, City of Conover assists Wendy Johnson, WPCOG, cut the ribbon along with Speakers, County Commissioners and NCWorks management. - See More, click here - Conover, NC - 05-16-16

The Hickory Air Museum, Welcoming Ceremony for VMAQT-1 EA-6B Prowler. - Hickory, NC. - 05-14-16

The Hickory Aviation Museum was gifted by the US Government, a new retired, VMAQT-1 EA-6B "Prowler" during the Welcoming Ceremony at Hickory Regional Airport this morning. The EA-6B entered service in September 1970. Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) became the first operational squadron, in July 1971 and flew its first combat deployment to Vietnam in 1972 on USS America. The US Navy phased out the Prowler in 2015, while the USMC expects to phase out the Prowler in 2019. While still relevant today, this aircraft will have been in service for over 45 years since the introduction in 1971. It's mission is to conduct airborne electronic warfare in support of Fleet Marine Force operations or other units as the Joint Force Commander directs. This includes suppressing enemy radar and surface-to-air missiles utilizing electronic jamming and High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) missiles, as well as collecting tactical electronic intelligence in a passive electronic support role. Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 (VMAQT-1) is a United States Marine Corps electronic warfare training squadron consisting of EA-6B Prowler jets. The squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 14 (MAG-14) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). The VMAQT-1 logo is the Banshee, an Irish Mythological figure foretelling death. It's motto is "Tairngreacht Bas", Gaelic for "Death Foretold". Pictured: VMAQT-1 EA-6B Prowler doing touch and goes for the crowd at Hickory Regional Airport. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 05-14-16

It's the Chamber's Annual "Business at the Ballpark". - Hickory, NC. - 05-12-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual "Business at the Ballpark" at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC. The, 3 & 0 for the season, Hickory Crawdads gave tickets to everyone one in attendance and the Chamber had selected food venders supply great tasting Baseball food, from Hot Dogs to beer. The little rain didn't dampen any spirits as we all cheered for the Crawdads. Pictured: A guest making the first error of the evening, putting Ketchup on a hot dog. All I can say is, I grew up in Detroit with the Tigers. Everyone knows it's MUSTARD! (grin). A pleasant time was had by all. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 05-12-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the newest location of Moe's Southwest Grill. - Hickory, NC. - 05-12-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the newest location of Moe's South West Grill. Employees, Management and representatives from the Chamber helped Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright cut the ribbon. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 05-12-16

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, business lunch at iHeart Media Center. - Charlotte, NC - 05-11-16

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 45, held their Spring luncheon and meeting at the studios of iHeart® Media in Charlotte, NC. The program was aimed at both current Radio and TV engineering problems as handed down by the Obama FCC. Guest speaker was former Hickory resident, Carl Davis, Eastern Region Account Manager, Radio Broadcast Systems, ERI (Electronics Research, Inc.). Mr. Davis spoke on the "TV Repack" program and it's impact on ALL broadcasters. Mr. Davis explained that if you are mounted on a TV tower, this meeting is for you! - See More, click here - Charlotte, NC - 05-11-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the new offices of Young, Morphis, Bach & Taylor, LLP. - Hickory, NC. - 05-10-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the new location of Young, Morphis, Bach & Taylor, LLP. Strength, service and stability for over 60 years has helped the firm establish strong relationships with their clients and in meeting their goals. The team at YMBT offers expertise in a broad range of practice areas. They believe in the future of Catawba County, it's residents and businesses. They look forward to continuing to serve our community. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 05-10-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the Grand Opening of the newest Sherwin Williams Paint Store in Hickory, NC. - 05-06-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening and new location of Sherwin Williams Paint Store. Sherwin Williams is celebrating 150 years in business! Pictured are staff & management of the facility help cut the ribbon. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 05-06-16

It's the Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" sponsored & hosted by Sam's Club. Hickory, NC. - 05-06-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" hosted & sponsored by Sam's Club. That means there's always lots of valuable door prizes to win. Pictured: Lindsay M. Keisler, IOM - Senior Vice President, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce & Ryan Sanford - Director of Investor/Shareholder Development, Cawtawba County Chamber of Commerce. See More, click here - Hickory, 05-06-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at Maxim Healthcare Services. Hickory, NC. - 04-26-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the new Viewmont location of Maxim Health Services. The firm has been a member of the Catawba Chamber since 2010. Pictured are staff & management of the facility looking on as Shannon Warlick, Account Manager, Maxim Healthcare Services cuts the ribbon. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-26-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at Viewmont Animal Hospital. Hickory, NC. - 04-25-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the new Viewmont animal Hospital located right next to the new, yet to be opened, Publix Supermarket. On Monday April 25, 2016 Mayor Rudy Wright and his dog Reina, officially opened the new home of the Viewmont Animal Hospital. Joining in the ceremony were: Dr. and Mrs Gary Pope and Ruffin; Dr.Lysa Deaton-Smith; Dr. Melody Heath; Dr. Lorin Bilhorn and the staff of the hospital. Well wishers in attendance included: Dr. and Mrs Jim Peeples (Dr Peeples founded the Viewmont Animal Hospital in 1963); members of the Chamber of Commerce and employees of the David E. Looper Construction Company. In planning the new facility, Dr Gary Pope, owner, said the goal was to build a hospital that facilitated the delivery of quality veterinary care in an environment that would be visually pleasing to our clients and their pets. The color palette was chosen to be soothing and positively perceived by both dogs and cats. The reception area is divided into dog and cat waiting areas. Our cat guests have a quiet room with a large window that gives them a view from their condos. The suite area for our canine guests is adjacent to two outdoor exercise areas and a large play yard. The clinical area of our full service hospital includes 5 exam rooms, a pharmacy, lab, X-ray room, surgical and dental suites and prep areas to complement these services. The doctors and staff look forward to sharing their new hospital with their clients and their pets. Pictured are staff & management of the facility looking on as Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and his dog, cut the ribbon. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-25-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at Hickory Falls Health & Rehabilitation. Granite Falls, NC. - 04-21-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting at the new addition of Hickory Falls Health & Rehabilitation center in Granite Falls. Pictured are staff & management of the facility. See More, click here - Granite Falls, NC - 04-21-16

The Catawba County United Way 2015 "Spirit Awards" & Annual Meeting, Newton, NC - 04-20-16

The Catawba County United Way held it's 2015-16 Campaign Celebration & Annual Meeting at the Catawba County Country Club in Newton. Special guest speakers included: Rev. Reggie Loncrier, Exodus Homes; Philip More, PNC Bank; & Jamie Brown, Sipes Orchard Home. Photo: (far right) Jennie Connor, Executive Director of Catawba County Way since 2001, speaks to group. - See More, click here - Newton, NC - 04-20-16

It's the Chamber's "New Members Lunch" at Fourk Restaurant. Hickory, NC. - 04-12-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual "New Member Lunch" at Fourk Restaurant in Hickory. The new members got to chat and nosh with a few lucky ones winning door prizes. Fourk Restaurant is a Chamber member and will celebrate it's first year in business, next week. Be sure to stop by. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-12-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of Modern Nissan of Hickory. Hickory, NC. - 04-07-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting during the Grand Opening of Modern Nissan of Hickory. The General Manager along with Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and executives from the corporate office cut the ribbon. - See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-07-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of K&M Collision, Factory Certified Auto Body Repair. Hickory, NC. - 04-07-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting during the Grand Opening of K&M Collision, Factory Certified Auto Body Repair. K&M's new building across from Dollar General on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd, is about a quarter mile from their old location. Lot's of family members were on hand as well as City of Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and City Councilmen. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-07-16

It's the Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" at Trinity Village sponsored by Sam's Club. Hickory, NC. - 04-01-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's monthly "First Friday Morning Brew" at Trinity Village sponsored by Sam's Club. Lots of good food and many great door prizes. It's open to the public, see you next month. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 04-01-16

It's the Chamber's "Leadership Catawba Graduation" Luncheon at Catawba Country Club, Newton, NC. - 03-17-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual "Leadership Catawba Class of 2016" Graduation Luncheon at the Catawba Country Club. Graduates were presented Certificates and Special Guest Speaker was Dr. Charles Kyker. Pictured: Lindsay M. Keisler, Senior Vice President, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce addresses the group. See More, click here - Newton, NC - 03-17-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual 2016 "The Future of Catawba County Summit" this morning at The Crossings at Hollar Mill. A full house ate breakfast and listened to many distinguished speakers. Included were: Kevin McIntosh, Chairman of the Board, T.J. Thomas, Wells Fargo - Market President; Mark Vitner, Managing Director, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Wells Fargo & Company; Scott Millar, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation; Ronne Grantham, NC Dept. of Commerce/Division of Workforce Solutions; Wendy Johnson, Workforce Development Board, WPCOG; Danny Hearn, President, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College; NC State Representative, Jay Adams; NC Senator, Andy Wells; Burk Wyatt, Bond Commission Chairman; Dr. Wayne Powell, President, Lenoir Rhyne University; Mayor Rudy Wright, City of Hickory; Mayor Lee Moritz, City of Conover; Mayor Ann Steadman, City of Newton; Mayor Shawn Brown, City of Claremont; Mayor Robert Smyre, Town of Maiden; Mayor Donald Robinson, Town of Catawba & Randy Isenhower, Chairman, Catawba County Commissioners. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 03-09-16. See More, click here

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the new office of US Congressman Patrick McHenry, Hickory, NC. - 03-08-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held a "Ribbon Cutting" at the new offices of US Congressman Patrick McHenry. Many staff, friends and well wishers were in attendance. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 03-08-16

It's the Chamber's "First Friday Morning Brew" held at Hilton Garden Inn, sponsored by Sam's Club, Hickory, NC. - 03-04-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" at the Hilton Garden Inn, sponsored by Sam's Club. That means there's always lots of valuable door prizes to win. Pictured: Mr. Ryan presents Harold Lloyd with a valuable prize. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 03-04-16

Fellowship of Christian Athletics presents "Beyond the Game", An Evening with Dabo Swinney at Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC. - 02-11-16

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented: "Beyond The Game" An Evening with Dabo Swinney. It was a packed house of over 1100 people at Hickory Metro Convention Center. Coach Swinney is the Head Football Coach at Clemson University. He guided Clemson to the #1 national ranking in every College Football Playoff poll in 2015 and led the Tigers to their first National Championship Game appearance since 1981. It was the exemplification of Christian principles that earned Coach Swinney the 2014 Grant Teaff Coach of the Year Award presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the American Football Coaches Association Convention. This past year he received 10 National and 2 ACC Coach of the Year Awards. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 02-11-16

It's the Chamber's "Annual Shareholders and Investors Luncheon" at Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC. - 02-10-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "Annual Shareholders and Investor's Luncheon" at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The Chamber's in coming and out going board members were recognized. Pictured: Three of the over 850 local elementary school students who lead in "Inspiring Greatness" presented by the Future Leaders of Catawba County. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 02-10-16

It's the Chamber's "Morning Brew" held at and sponsored by Sam's Club, in Hickory, NC. - 02-05-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew" at Sam's Club, sponsored by Sam's Club. That means there's always lots of valuable door prizes to win. Pictured: Will everyone that's a Panthers fan, Please stand up! See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 02-05-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Carolina Pedal Works in Hickory, NC. - 01-29-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "Ribbon Cutting" at the Grand Opening of Carolina Pedal Works located in Hollar Mills. Pictured here cutting the ribbon is City of Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright surrounded by the three owners of Carolina Pedal Works and Chamber Members and friends. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 01-29-16

It's the Chamber's "Ribbon Cutting" at the new Walmart Store in Newton, NC. - 01-27-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "Ribbon Cutting" at the Grand Opening of the newest Walmart store in Newton, NC. Pictured here cutting the ribbon is the store manager and Newton Mayor Ann Steadman along with many employees of the new store. See More, click here - Newton, NC - 01-27-16

It's the Chamber's First Friday Morning Brew hosted by Food Matters Market and sponsored by Sam's club. - Hickory, NC - 01-08-16

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's "First Friday Morning Brew", hosted by Food Matters Market and sponsored this month by Sam's Club. It was well attended with plenty of valuable door prizes. See More, click here - Hickory, NC - 01-08-16

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