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People You Should Know: Jeff and Carol Anne Hartman

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Hal Row spends some time with Jeff and Carol Anne Hartman, two individuals very involved in the arts, music, and theater community here in the Catawba Valley. Jeff is a musician (www.jshartman.com), Carol Anne is a photographer (www.cahartman.com), they have a band together called Hartman, they both are involved in many local theater productions, and they are creating the Hickory Creative & Performing Arts Center (www.hickoryarts.com). There's a lot to talk about... and they even have time to play a song for us! Read More »

Education Matters 3: Preschool Education

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Tracy and Lamar discuss the importance of Preschool Education and the challenges these programs are facing across the state. Their special guests this month are Kim Salyards, Executive Director for the Catawba County Partnership for Children, and Brice Melton, Development Head for Early Childhood, Health and Physical Education for Catawba Valley Community College. To visit the web site for the Catawba County Partnership for Children, please visit http://www.catawbakids.com/. To visit the web site for Catawba Valley Community College, please visit http://www.cvcc.edu/. Read More »

I’m With the Band: Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators

I’m With the Band: Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators

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Chad interviews Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators in this month's episode. Katharine was a founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and has been produced albums ranging from jazz standards to avant-pop ever since. She describes her latest album, "Madly Love", as a "blend of Irish blues and Southern-tinged rock". The album is set to release in late September 2011, but we are privileged to have a conversation with Katharine and her band as well as hear some of the tracks from the forth-coming album. To learn more about Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators, links for her new album, or to see tour dates, visit her web site at http://katharinewhalenmusic.com. Read More »

Storytime Station: The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog

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This month's Storytime Station book is "The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog", read by Tracy Hall, Executive Director of Education Matters in Catawba Valley. The author of this month's book is Laura Mims. Laura has a master’s degree in education and taught elementary school before leaving the profession to raise her family. The original story of The Cat Who Acted Like a Dog began as an assignment for one of her children’s literature classes while studying at UNC-Greensboro. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children and works as a content writer for an online marketing company. Illustrations for this book are by Dan Robinette, a graphic designer in High Point, NC. Read More »

Stepping Up Service 2: Who Needs Customer Service?

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Alan Jackson (The Jackson Group, The MESH) and Ed Gagnon (Customer Service Solutions) discuss the need for customer service in today's business world and the three groups most impacted by good customer service and why. Alan and Ed also share their "Customer Service Example of the Month", with Ed providing a "good" example and Alan bringing up the "bad" one that turns into more of a rant. Read More »