Archive - 2010
A broken water line in Newton has impacted service to customers throughout the city and prompted area school officials to delay the start of school by two hours for students.
Students in the Newton-Conover School System, as well as those attending Balls Creek and Startown elementary schools in the Catawba County School system, will start the school year on a two-hour delay Wednesday morning. The delay is for students only - staff will operate on a normal schedule.
A water line break in Newton early Tuesday is a "budget buster" said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax.
"There's nothing good about it," he said during an emergency meeting of Newton City Council on Tuesday. "We've lost a lot of water."
Bandys soundly defeated East Rutherford on Monday in a non-conference soccer match. The Trojans won 9-0 at East Rutherford.
Thomas Lunsford led Bandys with a hat trick, Mario Ramirez scored two goals, and four other players scored one each.
Bandys' first home game is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m against Lincolnton.
LAKE NORMAN 5, ST. STEPHENS 0
St. Stephens lost by five on Monday to Lake Norman. The Indians play on the road Wednesday at Asheville.
Bunker Hill 5, Challenger 4
Catawba County Schools teachers are safe this year after the Board of Education approved its $142 million budget for the new school year.
Even though CCS will not make additional teacher cuts this year, an energy management position and a student services position were cut from this year's budget. Other possible teacher cuts were saved after faculty and staff retired from CCS, which left openings that will not be filled right now in order to protect jobs.
In addition, there is a 12.5 percent reduction in staff development.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education will release Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley 30 days earlier than his ending contract date.
Markley requested Monday the board release him from his position Sept. 30 in order to move and settle in Wilmington for his new job as superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.
"We respect that," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer. "It's the beginning of the school year, and we very much accept the fact that there are goals and direction that need to be set in New Hanover. It's not unusual at all for a superintendent to ask for a 60-day release."
A Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputy found Sunday what appears to be crack cocaine under the mattress of a county inmate.
Deputy D. Roberts was serving lunch in the Catawba County Detention Facility when he saw Curese Devin McIlwain, 25, standing on the toilet in his cell.
According to the arrest report, Roberts saw McIlwain â€śattempting to do something to the vent in his cell.â€ť
Roberts continued with his duties in the detention facility but returned to McIlwainâ€™s cell shortly after.
Doris Williams Whitley, 83, of Hickory, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Springs of Catawba following several years of declining health. Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Doris Williams Whitley.
Walter Jones Jr., 78, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Jones family.
Catawba County will temporarily close its Animal Shelter off Highway 321 in Newton, beginning on Wednesday, to allow for a thorough sanitation of the shelter. This decision follows an increasing number of cases of an upper respiratory illness that remains unidentified, in spite of extensive tests and treatment at the shelter and at two animal virus labs.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers are off to a good start. Foard won last weekâ€™s Freedom Soccer Invitational, and it stayed unbeaten Monday with a 3-2 overtime win at home over Shelby Crest.
â€śItâ€™s matches like these that remind the players not to let their guards down,â€ť Foard coach Scottie Goforth said.
Foardâ€™s Kenan Ruffner scored the game-winning goal on a header with less than 1 minute left in the second overtime period.
Both lanes of U.S. 70 were closed Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. after public works officials cut a gas line while attempting to locate a broken water line.
About 136 Newton residents in a 1.4-square mile area are without water after a water line break threatened the city's ability to provide water to customers.
Currently water service has been been discontinued for city water customers between St. Paul's Church Road and Boundary Street, including the Newton shopping center where Bi-Lo and several other businesses are located.