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September 11, 2014

CMF’s Casino Royale Benefit Is Saturday, September 20

Hickory - Catawba Medical Foundation (CMF), the fundraising arm of Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC), will host a special fundraising event, Casino Royale on Saturday, September 20th from 7-10 pm at Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota. 435 Highway 70 Hickory, NC 28602.

“This event serves to connect philanthropic individuals and corporate sponsors with opportunities to improve patients’ lives through contributions that ensure greater access to improved healthcare in our community,” said Guy Guarino, CMF Chief Development Officer.

As the region’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system serving a five county region, CVMC has used foundation funding in many ways. Here are just a few recent examples:

A new patient pavilion that houses CVMC’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Women & Children.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center features a bright infusion center for chemotherapy treatments and the department for Radiation Therapy which was relocated from a building on Tate Boulevard to provide oncology patients more convenient access to both with valet parking and a broad array of resources all in one building.

An all-new Birthing Center which is home to the region’s only Level-III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) equipped with specialized “Giraffe” beds where pre-term babies reach key health milestones before going home.

A specially equipped Neonatal Transport Unit in which bring critically-ill infants from surrounding counties are brought to CVMC’s Level-III NICU.

Casino Royale tickets are $100 per person and include 2 drink tickets, heavy hors d’ oeuvres and a $10,000 gaming token. Tickets are available at Casino Royale Tickets. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still make a valuable contribution by donating online at CMF Online Giving.


Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care.

CVMC has received three Magnet designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized with four Women’s Choice Awards, being named one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012 & 2013, a 2013 & 2014 Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, one of America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 & 2014, and one of America’s Best Hospitals in Cancer Care in 2014 by WomenCertified®.

CVMC received the 2013 & 2014 QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier, recognizing a reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs, while improving the patient experience and delivering evidence-based care.

For more information, please visit

Family Day At Conover Library Sat., Sept. 13

Newton, NC - Family fun will rule the day this Saturday, when Conover Branch Library sponsors a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Librarian Brytani Fraser has arranged a full three hours of activities for all ages, including crafts, safety demonstrations, dancing and refreshments.

The morning begins with a car seat safety session at 10 a.m. Professionals from Catawba Valley medical Center will be on hand to show parents the proper way to restrain children in the family vehicle. Simple make-and-take crafts will be offered at 10:30, followed by a family dance party at 11 and cup cake decorating at 11:30.

Children will get to meet Minnie the library bunny at 12:30 p.m. and help make an obstacle course for the rabbit at 12:30 pm. Representatives from Conover Fire Department, Catawba County Social Services and local Boy Scout troops will also be available to talk with families. Conover Branch is part of the Catawba County Library System. For more information, call 466-5108. Conover Branch is located at 403 Conover Station along the railroad tracks near downtown Conover.

Green Room’s Guys and Dolls Continues This Weekend

Newton, NC - The Green Room Community Theatre’s opening show for the 2014-2015 season, Guys and Dolls, continues for the next two weekends at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. Travel with us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, and even into the sewers of New York. The show is filled with favorite songs like “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”

This fast-paced, fun-filled musical is produced by Corning Optical Communications and Automated Machine Design. It is directed by Sylvia Schnople with musical direction by Cathy Banner and choreography by Sara Lane.

Remaining performance dates are September 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2014. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm and Sunday shows are at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling (828) 464-6128 Wednesdays – Fridays from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm throughout the run of the show. Ticket prices are $16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors and Students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. All ticket prices include NC sales tax. This show is rated PG.

For questions about season tickets, auditions, or any of our other programs, please call The Green Room’s main office at (828) 464-6583 or visit our NEW website:

The Dolls: Kelly Dowless and the Dolls of the Hot Box Club
Photos by Ken Burns

Loray Mill’s Past & Future Shared At Free Event On Sept. 25

Gastonia, NC - Historic Loray Mill, the largest textile mill under one roof in the South, had once been the heart of Gaston County’s bustling textile industry. The mill operated from 1900 to 1993, employing thousands of Gaston citizens and providing homes for their families in the mill village that surrounded the factory. Since its closure, a massive renovation project has been taking place, led by Loray Redevelopment, LLC. William R. Hughes, developer for the Loray Mill project, will be on hand to share information about this historic mill, talk about the restoration efforts, and share how the building will be utilized for generations to come.

Attendance for this program is by reservation only. The event is from 6:30-7:30pm on Thursday, September 25. Please contact Jason Luker, Programs Coordinator, at 704-922-7681 ex 105 or at

The Folsom Prison Gang Tops Bootleggers’ Autism Bash, 9/27

Hickory - On Saturday, September 27th, the Bootleggers’ Bash for Autism will be held during and after the Viewmont Street Strut. The Bash starts at 12 noon and will last until 10:00 pm. It will be held in the parking lot and grass behind Bootleggers Whiskey Bar at 2039 N Center Street (Hwy 127) in Hickory. All Proceeds from ticket sales go to fund autism programs in the local schools!

Autism is a developmental disability. Children with autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD, have social and language problems. This results in difficulty communicating their wants and needs. They also have restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Autistic people have difficulty dealing with sensory overload, such as bright lights, loud noises or a combination of both. Autism may be mild or severe. All children with autism don't have the exact same problems. We are very blessed in Catawba County to have two active school systems that help our Autistic kids.

Headlining Bootleggers’ Bash for Autism at 7:00 PM is The Folsom Prison Gang, America’s leading Johnny Cash tribute band. They are international recording artists from Bostic, NC, who play festivals and events all over.

At 12 noon local artist Corey Jo Hefner will perform. Corey spent time performing in Nashville and is the son of local musician, Nathan Hefner.

Next up at 3:30 pm is local favorite: The Tony Bailey Band. Tony performs all over Hickory and the surrounding area. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, and you can purchase 10 tickets for $99 ahead of time.

The local Pepsi Cola Bottling Company has donated the use of their Mt. Dew trailer where sodas, Aquafina, local beer, wine, and moonshine cocktails will be for sale. In addition, we will have a portable Wood Fired Pizza Oven.

Greg Trooper Performs Friday, Sept. 12, At Sails, Downtown

Hickory – Friday nights in September, the music continues at the Sails Music Series.

Every Friday night in September, starting at 6 p.m., a variety of musical talents will perform at The Sails on the Square. Unique talents from all across the country travel from places like Portland, New Orleans, and Los Angeles to visit Hickory and perform during this music series.

The community is invited to bring their lawn chairs or a blanket and pack some food to enjoy, or visit one of Downtown Hickory establishments for some food and beverages, during this free, family-friendly event.

On Friday, September 12, Greg Trooper performs. Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Being raised in the shore town of Little Silver, New Jersey, he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene.

Greg Trooper

According to his website biography, “He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.”

Trooper has made a musical impact all over the states he has lived, including Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics. Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.

Greg usually performs solo, while he has toured nationally and internationally, but on occasion he might be fronting anything from a trio to a five-piece band depending on the gig.

For more information on Greg Trooper, please visit his site at

Catawba County Emergency Medical Hardship Fund

Seeks BBQ Cooks For Sept. 26 Fundraiser

Hickory - The Butts and Beans BBQ Challenge will be held on September 26 and 27th at the Catawba County Fairgrounds.

Their will be two divisions offered, the Pro Division and the Back Yard (amateur) Division.

The Pro Division entry fee is $250.00 with total prize money awarded to be $9000.00. The Pro Division will be required to cook four categories: pork, ribs, chicken and beef brisket. This division will be judged by the Kansas City BBQ Association judges and all KCBS rules apply.

The Back Yard Division entry fee is $75.00 with total prize money awarded $1000.00. This division will be allowed to use any form of heat for cooking and will be judged by certified KCBS judges. This division will not have to follow KCBS rules however we encourage cooks to have an understanding of KCBS rules.

All meat must be inspected on Friday by the KCBS representative and must be in original package for inspection.

Teams may set up on Friday September 26th and must have one member at the Cooks Meeting held at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Turn in times will be Saturday September 27th , Chicken 12:00, Ribs 12:30, Pork 1:00, and Beef Brisket 1:30. Each division will turn in meats at same time.

For more information please call Noel Kay @ 828-455-8914, or visit our web site at

Oxford Volunteer Fire Dept. Port-A-Pit Fri., Sept 12

Claremont, NC - The Oxford (Catfish) Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is sponsoring a Port-A-Pit fundraiser.
The Port-A-Pit Chicken is on Friday, September 12, 2014, from 11 AM – 2 PM.

Plates are $9.00.

For 10 or more pre-orders, we will bring it to you! Plate include BBQ chicken leg quarter, baked beans, cole slaw, and a roll.

Advanced tickets available (828) 459-9678. All proceeds go to assist local burned-out families and to the North Carolina Burn Centers.

The Fundraiser will be at the Oxford Fire Department, Station #2 (5710 Hwy 16, North) Directions: Take Highway 16 North from Conover, approximately 5 miles.

HMA Presents Meet The Artists This Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-4PM

 Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) is presenting an afternoon “Meet the Artists” event on Sunday, September 14. This is an opportunity to meet three artists who either have work on exhibit at HMA or have curated a current exhibition. The program is free and open to the public.

Meet Lew Phillips, Columbus, North Carolina phillumenist (matchbook collector) and collage artist, from 1 to 4 PM. Lew has 60 matchbook cover collage art pieces on exhibit in HMA’s third floor folk art gallery through September 21. As Phillips amassed matchbooks into the thousands, he began to create one-of-a-kind collage works using select elements from his “traders”, or multiples. This collection is very unique and has rarely been seen.

Meet Adelaide Silkworth, Hickory watercolor artist, from 2 to 4 PM on HMA’s second floor where she currently has two exhibitions. “The Evolution of a Christmas Card” showcases 45 card designs the artist created over the past 65 years. “Halloween Horrors” features 17 playfully ghoulish watercolors that have recently been published in Adelaide’s children’s book “The Magical Pumpkin Seeds.” Books are available in the HMA Galleria for $12.

Meet Kate Worm, Hickory artist and HMA’s Collections Curator, for an informal “walk and talk” through the exhibition Wolf Kahn: Then & Now. Kate will be in the gallery from 2:30 to 4 PM, and will tailor the discussion based on the questions and interests of attendees, and her experience as a painter.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the internationally recognized artist Wolf Kahn and see one of the most comprehensive Kahn exhibitions ever assembled.

Wolf Kahn: Then & Now offers visitors the opportunity to compare and contrast similarities and differences created by an artist who is widely considered one of the premier landscape painters. The early bold, emotional landscapes are linked to the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Kahn’s paintings and pastels from half a century later more easily blur the distinction between abstraction and reality and also use a more heightened sense of color. This exhibition is made possible by Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC.The Hickory Museum of Art is located in the Arts & Science Center of the Catawba Valley, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information please visit or call 828-327-8576.

Painting: Adelaide Silkworth, Headless Horseman, watercolor on paper.

2nd Image: Lew Phillips, Matchbook Collage

HCT Declares October 3 & 4 Weekend Of Women

Hickory - The Hickory Community Theatre is kicking off the month of October with a pair of events on October 3rd and 4th celebrating female talent. Billed as the WEEKEND OF WOMEN, the festivities include a comedy night and the fourth edition of the successful Dueling Divas singing competition.

The weekend kicks off with the hilarious comedy of two dynamite southern women, Karen Mills with special guest Mia Jackson. Mills is a familiar face locally, having headlined the Frye “Spirit of Women” event twice. Jackson is an Atlanta-based comedienne who was a finalist in the Atlanta Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.

The comedy show is Friday, October 3rd at 8pm and tickets are $25 per person, reserved seating.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 4th at 8pm with “Dueling Divas IV”, a singing competition where a dozen talented women singers compete to win the title of Grand Supreme Diva. The winner is the one who gets the most donations from the audience. All proceeds benefit the Theatre’s Tickets for Teachers program. Tickets for this show are $14, general admission.

PHOTO: Mia Jackson is one of the funny southern ladies performing in the “Weekend of Women” coming up Oct 3 & 4 at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information.

Catawba Regional Hospice’s Benefit Tennis

Tourney Is Sept. 26-28 • Register by September 23

Newton, NC – Catawba Regional Hospice’s 12th Annual Benefit Tennis Classic will be held on September 26, 27, and 28, 2014, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, NC. The presenting sponsor is Medicap Pharmacy.

The tournament is a men’s/women’s doubles and mixed doubles event. Registration for the first event is $40; for a second event, the cost is $20. Registration includes tournament play, food, drinks, and player gifts. The deadline for players to register is September 23, 2014.

Proceeds from the tournament ensure that medical care, spiritual support, and other services are provided to patients cared for by Catawba Regional Hospice. The Hospice mission pledges to support all those in need, regardless of their financial means or lack of insurance coverage.

To register for the tournament or to get more information, contact Sue Mulay, community development coordinator for Catawba Regional Hospice, at 828-466-0466, ext. 2357. Players may also register online at

For specific questions regarding tournament rules, please contact Scott Nestor, tennis pro at Rock Barn, at 828-459-3630 or

About the Organization:

Catawba Regional Hospice, celebrating 35 years of service, is a community-based organization providing hospice medical care, patient and family support, and spiritual comfort throughout the multi-county Catawba region. From Lake James to Lake Hickory to Lake Norman, we serve patients and families regardless of diagnosis, age, gender, nationality, race, faith, sexual orientation, disability, or ability to pay. CRH is licensed by the state of North Carolina, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, and nationally accredited. For more information about our programs of service, call 828-466-0466 or visit

Sept. 16 Meeting Topic Is Helping Those With Dementia

Shelby, NC - Are you ready to learn more about Dementia to help your loved one? Do you understand what your loved one needs?

Join us at Life Enrichment Center on Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m., to discuss the five senses from the point of view of individuals living with dementia and a discussion about certain techniques that can be used to help them.

The Life Enrichment Center is located at 110 Life Enrichment Blvd., Shelby, NC 28150. For information call 704.484.0405.

WRC Taking Applications For Women2Work

Hickory - Women’s Resource Center is now taking applications for the Women2Work Workforce Development Program.  This is a unique one-year program designed to assist unemployed or underemployed women in their job search.

It provides long-term support, resources, educational workshops and counseling.

Eligibility requirements include the ability to look for full-time work, having a driver's license and reliable transportation, and the willingness to commit to a one-year program. In addition you must live in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke or Alexander County and not have a criminal record.

For more information call Twila Hartford, Workforce Development Coordinator at 828-322-6333. Ext. 202.

Parenting Class, Love & Logic, Is Thursday, Sept. 18, Conover

Conover, NC - Are you a parent who is struggling with arguing or talk back from your children and interested in knowing some practical ways to be able to enjoy a healthy and happier relationship with them? You can find help with these parenting issues at the Catawba County Parenting Network’s Love and Logic class on Thursday, September 18th.

The class will be held at Blackburn Elementary School from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will address the essentials for helping your child be more responsible and respectful. Parents will also learn tips to have more fun in the parenting role and help their children practice self-discipline and better understand how their actions affect themselves and others. Parents will leave empowered, more relaxed and hopeful in their role as a parent.

The class and licensed childcare are offered free of charge to parents in the Catawba County School system. For all other participants, the class is $10, and childcare is $5 per child. Advance registration is required for all participants.

Created in 1999, the Catawba County Parenting Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization strengthening families in the Unifour area with high quality parenting enrichment and support programs as well as timely referral to other family resources. To learn more about the programs of the CCPN or to register for Love and Logic, please contact the Parenting Network at 465-8151 or register online at

14th Blues & Burritos Is Friday, Sept. 19, In Mooresville

Mooresville, NC - The Fourteenth Annual Blues & Burritos will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014. The event is hosted by the Homesley & Wingo Law Group PLLC and takes place on the front lawn of the firm’s office in the historic Isaac Harris House at 330 South Main Street, Mooresville. The firm is pleased to have Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Max Drake and Shelia Carlisle as special guest performers joining the Part Time Blues Band. Main Street will be closed in front of the office to provide more room for the event.

All costs associated with the event are underwritten by the law firm. There is no admission fee but donations are encouraged.

All donations this year will be given to Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists and HealthReach Community Clinic. The firm has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity by hosting Blues & Burritos over the years. Some other organizations benefitting from the event in the past are the American Red Cross, Friends of the Library, the Dove House, the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Serenity House and the Depot Arts Center.

The featured band, Part-Time Blues Band, with guitarist Rusty Barkley, is second to none in the Blues and Blues/Rock field (

Mother Blues Cohen will join the band for a special performance. Cohen performed for years on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, moving to North Carolina after Hurricane Katrina.

The law firm provides complimentary beverages from New Belgium Brewing Company, the brewer of Fat Tire and other world renowned beer brands ( ) and a limited supply of burritos from Tequila’s Mexican Grill of Mooresville ( ). The event is from 6 until 10 p.m. You can get more information from the law firm’s website at and the firm’s Facebook page.

The Little Mermaid This Thurs., Sept. 11, Has Ticket Discounts!

Hickory - Theatregoers of all ages are enthralled by the colorful sets, lighting and snazzy staging of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” These elements and an Oscar-winning musical score highlight the Hickory Community Theatre production, beginning its second weekend of performances in the Jeffers Theater on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30

Featuring a multi-generational cast of brightly talented actors, singers and dancers, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is classic entertainment for everyone. The story of romance, magic spells and true love is ageless. The skill, energy and polish of the HCT production won a standing ovation during the first preview performance.

Although Disney is the pinnacle of family entertainment, parents of children under five are cautioned that Ursula, like all Disney villains, can be a little scary.

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” plays on the Jeffers Theatre Mainstage, September 5-21 2014 with performances at 8:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM Thursdays (Sep 11 and 18), and 2:30 PM on Sundays (Sep 14 and 21). Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $18, reserved seating, with $2 off for seniors (60 and over) and $8 off for youth (18 and under). Thursday show tickets are $14 for adults 18+, with a $4 discount for youth, 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at or call the box office at (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is co-produced by Catawba Valley Medical Center, in association with Dr. S. Kimberly Jones, DDS. This is the opening show of the 2014-2015 Season, brought to you by Paramount, the official automotive sponsor of the Hickory Community Theatre.

PHOTO: One of Disney’s most memorable, and scary villains Ursula and her pet eels (L-R) Anissa Briggs, Jen Wilson and Lark Bodnar) in “The Little Mermaid” at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call (828) 328-2283 or click for tickets and information. Photo is by Ken Burns.

Birchfield/Manna Honor King & Taylor With Tribute On Sept. 13

Valdese, NC – Calling all James Taylor and Carole King fans…The Old Rock School in Valdese will host “You’ve Got A Friend”, a musical tribute to Carole King and James Taylor on Saturday, September 13th beginning at 7:30pm.
You’ve Got a Friend is a genuinely moving, nostalgic tribute to the music and legacy of Carole King and James Taylor.  Two long-time friends and collaborators, hit songwriter, Kirsti Manna (Blake Shelton’s ‘Austin’, among others) and traveling troubadour, Jonathan Birchfield, capture the essence of friendship through music with their dynamic performances. 

Audiences have long enjoyed Kirsti’s unique artistry on piano and vocals and Jonathan’s velvet toned vocals and guitar.  Both artists have frequently been stylistically compared to Carole King and James Taylor. Now, with the same amazing onstage chemistry as those superstars, they take their audiences back in time with favorites like “How Sweet It Is,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and of course, the incomparable, “You’ve Got a Friend.” 

“I might be giving out my age but James Taylor and Carole King are what I grew up on….I love the music and Jonathan and Kirsti have just the right blend to pull it off,” states Barbara Hefner, Valdese Community Affairs Director.

Kirsti Manna & Jonathan Birchfield

What better tribute could there be than to capture the spirit and energy of Carole King and James Taylor’s epic songs while doing so expressing their own unique interpretations - channeled through their clear admiration for each other as well as the artists they hold in esteem.  Instead of trying to be imitators – Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield are innovators perpetuating and propelling not only King and Taylor’s melodies and lyrics but also the legacy of many of the most important and moving tunes of modern times. In watching Kirsti and Jonathan recreate these songs, you lose yourself in nostalgia.  While, practically, you know that it’s not really Carole King and James Taylor on stage, it’s not long before Kirsti and Jonathan's talents take your mind to a relaxing, enjoyable place, as if you were right there with the original performers. 

Kirsti Mann’s song ‘Austin’ became an international hit for Blake Shelton, topping the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks! Not long after that, a reporter asked her, “who is your biggest songwriting influence?” There was no hesitation at all. Kirsti immediately replied, “Carole King.” So it comes as no surprise when Kirsti, whose voice and piano-playing style have often been compared to King’s, decided to pay tribute to her hero. At the exact same time, her good friend, Jonathan Birchfield, with whom she has performed many times, was interested in paying tribute to one of his greatest influences, James Taylor. And so “You’ve Got A Friend” was born! The music of both Carole King and James Taylor is recognized and loved worldwide.

Tickets are $18 in advance and can be purchased by going on line to or calling 828-879-2126. Tickets will be available at the door for $23.

Valdese Family Friday Night Features Carson Hill, Sept. 12

Valdese, NC – Valdese Family Friday Night Summer Concert Series will continue their season through the month of September and will feature the Country/Americana music of Carson Hill this Friday night at 7:00pm in the Wells Fargo/Town Parking lot in downtown.

Sixteen year old Carson Hill remembers the first time she ever put pen to paper to compose a song. “When I was eleven, I wrote this really cheesy song because my sister’s boyfriend at the time had broken up with her. I remember her being really upset. She was starting to cry a little, so I got my guitar out, and went to another room. I wrote this song making fun of the guy to cheer her up. I came back into the room and sang the song. I was getting her to laugh and sing along. That was the first song I wrote.”  

She jokes that she has tried to forget the song – which didn’t even have a title, but she feels her writing has improved by leaps and bounds since then.  

Hill has worked hard at refining her talent – as both a writer and an artist since her earliest memories of singing on the way to school in North Carolina. “My mom, my sister, and I would always sing on the way to school. She was a schoolteacher, so we would have to leave early in the morning to drive to school, and we’d sing.

16 year old Carson Hill

Then, we’d sing on the way home. My mom’s side of the family loves to sing.

I was always growing up around people singing and harmonizing.”

What was Hill being influenced by? She has her father to thank for the Country side of her sound.

“I remember a lot of Garth Brooks. My dad is a huge fan. My mom is too, but every time we would go somewhere, dad would stick in Garth Brooks. So, from a young age, I remember all our trips to the mountains, there would be a Garth CD, and Dad would be singing along. He is probably one of my biggest heroes.”

It’s the never say die stories of artists like Garth that have inspired Carson on her career path. “I fell in love with the fact that somebody could dream like he did, and could be from a little town in Oklahoma, and it didn’t really matter. If you worked hard enough to do it, you could.”

She started playing the piano in first grade. Then, came the guitar. She took a do-it-yourself approach to learning the instrument. “I started playing guitar when I was eleven. My mom actually taught me a little bit when I was eight, but I was too young to really take any interest in it because I couldn’t sit still. I picked it back up when I was eleven. I was so determined. One night, I learned a song off YouTube. I went up to my dad and said ‘I want to play a song for you on guitar.’  He was watching a NASCAR race, and he said ‘Wait a minute.’ I said ‘Now,” so he muted the TV, and I played him the song. He asked me to do it again. I think it shocked everyone that I learned to play by myself. That’s when I really started to take off on it. I would practice for hours and learn a bunch of new songs. I would spend every day doing that.” Since then, Carson hasn’t put her guitar down.

Performance-wise, she has been featured on some very prominent stages. From the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to opening for singer-songwriter Edwin McCain to performing at the Feld Motor Sports Monster Jam in arenas in her native North Carolina, many have become aware of Carson’s talent.

Myra’s will continue their Friday “Cruise In” with over a hundred classic/antique cars and several of the merchants will remain open to provide an opportunity for those that might want to walk around town and visit the shops.

The Family Friday Night Series is sponsored by the Town of Valdese, Valdese Merchants Association and the Morganton News Herald. For further information regarding events in Valdese, go to 828-879-2129.

Lincolnton Lions Offer Parking For Apple Festival On Sept. 20

Lincolnton, NC - Are you planning to attend the 42nd Annual Lincolnton/Lincoln County Apple Festival on Saturday, September 20th? If you’re looking for a place to park your vehicle and support the Lincolnton Lions Club at the same time, then you have three opportunities. The Lincolnton Lions Club will be charging $5.00 for you to park your car, motorcycle, truck, SUV, and van in three Downtown Lincolnton Businesses parking lots as follows:

·Raymond James Financial Services- 517 East Main Street

·First Citizen Bank- 112 North Laurel Street ( behind Don’s BP Station)

·First Citizen Bank- 425 East Main Street ( parking lot near their ATM Machine )

Due to Highways 27 and East Main Street will be closed and detour signs displayed rerouting traffic to and from the 42nd Annual Lincolnton/Lincoln County Apple Festival, festival

goers wishing to park at any of the Lions Club Parking Lots should turn RIGHT @ City of Lincolnton Police Department onto FLINT STREET. Go 1 Block and turn LEFT onto Sycamore Street. Go 1/10 mile until you see LIONS in their YELLOW VEST, GOLF SHIRTS DIRECTING PEOPLE WITH THEIR RED FLAGS INTO ONE OF THEIR THREE PARKING LOTS.

In addition to raising funds at one of their three parking lots, the Lincolnton Lions Club will be selling brooms, mops, Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets, and Kazoos, and Patriotic Badges in their parking lots.

Cost of Individual Brooms

·$5.00 children’s straw broom
·$5.00 children’s mop
·$8.00 Synthetic Soft Sweep Broom
·$9.00 Household Straw Broom
·$12.00 Industrial/Patio Straw Broom
Cost of Individual Kazoos & Patriotic Badges
·$1.00 each

Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets:

Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets are $1.00 per ticket or book of 12 tickets purchased by same person for $10.00. You may win one of two $200 Gift Certificates. Grand Prize winner will have a choice of one of three 2015 vehicles to be announced.

Proceeds from the Lincolnton Lions Club Apple Festival Parking Lots and other items sold will provide services to the blind/visually impaired, purchase eyeglasses/eye examinations for the needy, sponsor NC Lions See The 21st Century Mobile Vision Screening Unit @ 4 of Lincoln County’s elementary school, sponsor blind campers to Camp Dogwood, sponsor the 16th Annual Lions Club Christmas Party For The Blind/Visually Impaired of Lincoln County, sponsor Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest at 4 public, 1 private, and 1 charter middle school in Lincoln County, sponsor one/$500 Lions Club College Scholarship at Lincoln County’s 4 public high schools, and other Lions Club Charities.

“Formal Fridays” 1/2 Price Dog & Cat Adoptions At HSCC

Hickory/Newton, NC - Every Friday Humane Society of Catawba County will celebrate the dressiest, the black and black & white dogs, cats and kittens with “Formal Fridays”. These shelter pets will be available each Friday in September for a half-priced adoption fee, with an approved adoption application.

Adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchip identification, deworming, heartworm testing (dogs), FeLV/FIV testing (cats) and a free veterinary exam certificate.

Visit for photos and information on these featured pets. Or stop by the shelters to meet them, Newton shelter: 201 Government Services Drive, Monday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm, 828-466-7171 or the Hickory shelter: 3224 20th Ave SE, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, 828-464-8878.

Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic and HSCC are also continuing to offer $25 male cat neuter surgery paid in September. Call 828-464-8878, Monday-Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm for surgery appointments.















































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