Archive - Aug 2010
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.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers had to look for some leaders this season, and they look to the interior to find them. Linemen Cole Schanilec, a senior, and Tanner Flemming, a junior, are what the Tigers found as the start of the 2010 season approaches.
“I love it,” Foard coach Ryan Gettys said. “Nothing happens without linemen. People will really respect other players, and sometimes the skill guys forget about linemen. Having them as leaders is going to be big.”
Newton-Conover City Schools and the Newton Police Department devised a new traffic pattern for South Newton Elementary School for morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up.
“It’s more of a safety issue than anything,” said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. “We want to keep students and their parents safe.”
A man charged in the murder of a Conover couple could face the death penalty if convicted of the crime.
Frederick Hedgepeth, 25, pleaded not guilty in Rowan County Superior County on Wednesday to the June murders of Jerry and Jody Bullin.
Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Hedgepeth.
Hedgepeth is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly shot the Bullins to death June 2 after making arrangements with the couple to buy a car from them.
Claremont residents and city officials gathered in Claremont Elementary School's parking lot while other residents watched from front porches and front yards as the old Claremont gym was demolished Wednesday morning.
"I hate to see the gym come down, but it looks like it should've come down long ago," said Betty Hewitt Cloninger, of Claremont.
Cloninger was a student at the school from first through 12th grade. In addition, she played basketball in the old gym as a forward on the girl's team from eighth through 12th grade.
Wednesday was a new beginning in end-of-life care for Catawba County.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley board members and staff broke ground Wednesday at the center’s new Sherrills Ford Hospice House site.
The six-bed inpatient facility, located at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road, will serve eastern Catawba County, parts of Lincoln County, Denver and Mooresville, areas whose needs were previously unmet.