Archive - Aug 12, 2010
Catawba County law enforcement officials are saying ‘no’ to gang activity with a new program targeting seasoned street-crime offenders.
The Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, is a joint effort by Catawba County’s nine law enforcement agencies, including the Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden and Newton police departments and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to combat street crimes and gang activity.
A Catawba Valley Community College paramedic student was killed Monday night in McGrady.
Richard “Allen” Matheson, 19, of McGrady, was riding in his friend’s Chevy TrailBlazer about 10 p.m. Monday on Mountain Valley Church Road in McGrady. The driver, Adam Burke, 19, went off the road’s shoulder, overcorrected and crossed the center line.
The TrailBlazer collided with a Ford Expedition traveling in the opposite direction. The Expedition struck the TrailBlazer near the front passenger seat, which is where Matheson was sitting.
School is in session this week for Tuttle Elementary second graders.
The school offered a week-long enrichment program to help students relearn skills and habits they were taught in first grade.
“It’s a head start for second grade,” said Meredith Huret, a second-grade teacher at Tuttle Elementary and enrichment program coordinator.
First-grade teachers recommend students for the program who need extra help on academic coursework before starting second grade.
After work on Newton's Heritage Trail Greenway stalled in May, city leaders recently bridged a $107,200 funding gap for the five-year project. Then on Thursday, city and state crews installed a different sort of bridge that puts the city one step closer to finishing the trail.
"We lack about 600 feet in the center of the Phase II," Newton City Manager Todd Clark explained about what remains unfinished after Thursday's bridge installation.
Catawba County's newest innovative school is days away from opening its doors to students and a fresh start.
Hickory Career and Arts Magnet (HCAM) school will open Aug. 25 after two months of renovations and new curriculum.
HCAM was created to offer students another option outside of tradition school to explore career interests and provide a chance to earn free college credits. The new school became a reality with Hickory Public Schools received a turnaround grant for $2 million to change Catawba Valley High School.
Brenda Kay Barger Beaver, 64, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at the Lutheran Home West in Hickory. The Beaver family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Kenneth E. Spencer, 81, of Hickory, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Crematory Services in Hickory.