My Catawba County

Top Stories of 2022

Top Stories of 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, the My Catawba County team sincerely thanks the many community members who shared their stories with us on a weekly basis. Our aim is to continue sharing good things happening in Catawba County from the perspectives of the people making them happen. We’ve met some amazing people (and one pretty cool dog) this year and learned a lot along the way, and we hope you have, too!

The following stories reached between 29,000 to 33,000 people, becoming our top five posts of 2022:

  1. Calling All Mountain Bikers! This story, published February 22, 2022, highlighted the Lake Hickory Short Track Mountain Bike Series to be held at Lake Hickory Trails in March and April 2022. This multi-week mountain bike racing series organized by North Carolina Cyclo-Cross was the first of its kind in Hickory and helped cement the county’s reputation as a mountain biking gem.
  2. Adopt a Pup… ‘n Play! Who doesn’t love a cute dog story? Published just before Christmas this year, this story shared information about the Catawba County Animal Shelter’s initiative to provide dog adopters with a free annual pass to the Catawba County Park System’s three dog parks.
  3. Go Sailing in Hickory highlighted the return of the City of Hickory’s ever-popular Sails Original Music Series, which has been bringing diverse musical acts to downtown Hickory since 2012.  The story published April 26.
  4. The “Other” Four Year Degree, which published February 1, drilled down into Apprenticeship Catawba (which is now known as the Catawba Apprenticeship Network), an innovative workforce development program that provides students the opportunity to earn while learning at CVCC. 
  5. Healthy Eating Made Easy showcased the Public Health Farmers Market, which returned for its eleventh year of promoting healthy nutrition in 2022. Operated by Catawba County Public Health, this market aims to increase access to local produce and accepts both SNAP and WIC benefits. The story published July 5.

Stay tuned for more great stories in 2023!