Archive - Aug 2010
Douglas “Doug” Lee Potter, 48, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.
Perry Edmond Duncan, 68, of Lincolnton, passed away Aug. 9, 2010, at Levine Dickson Hospice House.
Bandys’ David Barrow will step into an important role this season. The Trojans junior quarterback is taking over in 2010 for graduated QB Kyle Houser, who set the school’s passing record last year and was named the Catawba Valley 2A’s best offensive player as a senior.
“Kyle left some big shoes to fill, but I will do my best and do what I can to help the team,” Barrow said. “I guess I’m a little bit nervous, but I’m prepared. I’m ready because I have a good solid team around me and good coaching staff.”
Catawba Town Council is considering delaying the town's $1.2 million construction project after financial problems forced the town to reconsider its expenses.
Catawba has a "hole in its budget" of about $220,000 from when the town appropriated the funds from its general fund to cash reserves, said Eric Davis, Catawba's interim town manager.
Town Council discussed Catawba's budgetary problems Tuesday at a special meeting.
Basil Harris Thomas, 85, of Catawba, died early Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at the N.C. State Veterans Home in Salisbury following a lengthy illness. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the family of Basil Thomas.
Car locks and deadbolts are commonplace on today’s vehicles and residences, but the security precautions often aren’t enough to prevent theft.
“Car break-ins have probably been the biggest crime in the county for years,” said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid. “(When people steal), it’s usually anything that people can take that’s quick.”
The most commonly stolen items in car break-ins include money, radio systems, CDs and GPS units.
School hasn’t started yet, but rising Newton-Conover freshmen got a taste of high school Tuesday before classes are in session.
About 80 freshmen participated in Newton-Conover City Schools’ Surge program, which prepares students for their high school careers through mentoring and guidance.
“I was scared that I might get lost on the first day (of school), and I wouldn’t be able to find my classes,” said rising freshman Kabao Khang. “This has really made me less nervous.”
The St. Stephens Indians prepared for the opening of contact drills Monday with a night under the lights. The stadium at St. Stephens High had the bulbs blazing and the microphone blaring as parents and fans attended the 2010 season's first contact practice at St. Stephens. Only one player — a significant one — was left on the sidelines.
An 8-year-old girl is in fair condition after being struck by an SUV on Monday in Newton.
Mikaelah Janae Stanley, of Hickory, attempted to cross the street about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Ashe Avenue and West Eighth Street.
According to a police report, the drvier of the SUV, Charline Marie Farley, 34, of Newton, was traveling below the speed limit and didn't have enough time to stop before striking the child.
Stanley was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
No charges have been filed in the incident.
For students and staff at the Montessori at Sandy Ford school, education is about simple gifts – peace, joy and respect.
The community celebrated those gifts Monday with the groundbreaking of a new location for the school on Sandy Ford Road in Newton. Montessori at Sandy Ford will have a sustainable building design to reinforce the school’s emphasis on preserving the natural world.
More than 400 abused and neglected children need a voice in the court system, and the Guardian ad Litem program helps give children speak.
But with the economic downturn and an increasing number of cases, the advocacy program needs volunteers now more than ever.
“It’s sad. It has impacted the program,” said Angela Phillips, GAL 25th district administrator. “Parents are more stressed than ever about their jobs, and that often brings out their problems. The cases now are more egregious than ever.”