Archive - Sep 22, 2010
Catawba County residents will be better protected with the implementation in the coming months of a new 9-1-1 program.
Next Generation 9-1-1 technology allows operators and responders to better serve citizens during an emergency situation, said Terry Bledsoe, chief information officer.
"(A car accident) generates a lot of calls to our 9-1-1 center, and that ties up lines," Bledsoe said. "We hope to remedy that with Next Generation 9-1-1."
Newton planners want to increase requirements for developers creating residential subdivisions inside the city.
Proposals to require more open space, roads and sidewalks in sub-divisions, met mixed responses from Newton City Council members, however.
“We don’t have developers coming in and knocking down the door to build on all the land we have,” said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. “It is hard for me to swallow tightening the requirements when we don’t have people that want to develop.”
One hundred dollars can buy 200 glue sticks, about 160 juice boxes or 450 colored pencils.
Ten teachers at Conover School must decide how to spend $100 in the classroom after they received $100 gift cards from the Conover Wal-Mart.
"It was for no other reason but because they appreciated what we do," said Conover School Principal Betsy Rosenbalm.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners honored Catawba County Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley with a Distinguished Public Service award.
Markley is leaving Catawba County effective Sept. 30 to be superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.
"I leave knowing that there's good people here after I'm gone," Markley said.
He commended the strong working partnership between county government and Catawba County Schools.
"I can only hope that the partnership (in New Hanover County) is as strong as we have here," he said.
They bite, multiply and can be in your bed tonight.
Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices of mattresses, box springs and couches, and they come out to feed at night.
"People realize they've got bed bugs most of the time when they're bitten," said Earl Fulbright, president of Fulbright Pest Control, located on West A Street in Newton. "People will also find small red dots of blood on their bed sheets from
bed bug bites."
Rachel Allen Hunsucker, 80, of Covington, Ky., and formerly of Conover, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:30-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Keenan Sigmon, 55, of Granite Falls, formerly of Claremont, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the Brian Center in Hickory, following a period of declining health. The family will receive friends from 2–3 p.m. prior to the service.
Catawba Science Center's Carpenter Hall is crawling with lice, bedbugs, ticks, leeches and other creatures that eat blood.
While it isn't “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” beware of the beasties that bite at Catawba Science Center. Giant blood suckers are launching an invasion, and Carpenter Hall is crawling with lice, bedbugs, ticks, leeches, fleas and other creatures that eat blood.
Explore the science of what’s eating you in a new, skin-crawling exhibit, “Attack of the Bloodsuckers!” now open at CSC.
Catawba County is under a warning for a strong thunderstorm through 4 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, a strong thunderstorm was 4 miles southeast of Long View moving southeast at 5 mph. This storm is expected to head towards Newton bringing brief heavy rainfall, small hail and wind gusts of 40-50 mph.
St. Stephens found itself in a hole Tuesday after a conference match against rival Hickory. The Indians lost the first game 25-23 to the Red Tornadoes, but it rallied to win the next three games and rolled to 3-1 win at home against Hickory.
â€śAll the girls still saw Hickory on the front of the jerseys, then half way through the first game, they said itâ€™s just volleyball,â€ť St. Stephens coach Lauren McLelland said. â€śThey have heart, and thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m proud of. They have heart.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Cameron Shuford, left, is this weekâ€™s recipient of WNNCâ€™s Golden Helmet Award presented by Coca-Cola.
Shuford, pictured with head coach Nick Bazzle, caught three touchdown passes Friday from quarterback Adonis Hewitt in a 48-14 win at home over the Fred T. Foard Tigers. The senior also had an interception in the non-conference win as well.
East Burke 3, Bunker Hill 0
Bunker Hill lost its conference match Tuesday against the East Burke Cavaliers. The Bears dropped to 2-6 against the Catawba Valley 2-A and 3-9 overall.