Archive - 2010
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.
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.