Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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LAKE NORMAN VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 63 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 CATAWBA COUNTY The #1 Vinyl siding & window replacement company in Catawba County, NC! "Complete Installs Only" is on your side "ON YOUR SIDE FOR OVER 30 YEARS!" HAMBY FOTHERINGHAM AGENCY • HOME • LIFE • COMMERCIAL • AUTO • RV • BOAT • MOTORCYCLE 423 4th Street SW Hickory, NC 28602 828-328-2609 Nearby Catawba Valley Community College prepares local students with the educations they need for technical career advancement. CVCC offers a variety of educational opportunities including one- and two- year vocational programs, a two-year college transfer program, and continuing education programs. Catawba County residents also have easy access to high quality healthcare. Both Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center serve the healthcare needs of residents. In fact, Catawba Valley Medical Center is the county's second-largest employer. In a testament to the quality healthcare it provides, Frye Regional has received an "A" rating in patient safety for seven straight years. As far as recreation and entertainment options, residents of Catawba County have it all. There are historic sites, holiday festivals, concerts, athletic events, and cultural arts events and performances. Perhaps the most famous site in Catawba County is the Hickory Motor Speedway, which is nationally known as the "Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars." Many NASCAR drivers were born and raised in the area and the Hickory Motor Speedway was where they cut their driving teeth. Notable NASCAR drivers from the Catawba County area include Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett, Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Harry Gant and Morgan Shepherd. The Hickory Crawdads minor-league baseball team has a supportive fan base. The Crawdads, originally formed in 1993, are a double-affiliate of the Texas Rangers. They play their home games at L.P. Frans Stadium, one of the more scenic stadiums in all of minor league baseball. Notable baseball players who got their starts in Hickory include Jim Abbott, Jose Bautista, Carlos Lee, and Magglio Ordonez. The arts have had a strong presence in the Catawba County region over the years. The Hickory Museum of Art is the second oldest museum in North Carolina. Woodwright Eddie Hamrick and potter Burlon Craig have their works of art on display in the Smithsonian. It's easy to see that Catawba County has much to offer. No matter in which city or town you choose to call home, this former gateway to the west is now your gateway to the good life. []

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