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August 10th

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 10, 2010

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.

GPS units, money among commonly stolen items

August 10, 2010

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.

Students ‘surge’ into high school

August 10, 2010

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.”

August 9th

Saint's Jefferies Makes Transition

August 9, 2010

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.

Pedestrian struck by SUV

August 9, 2010

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.

Montessori school set for Newton

August 9, 2010

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.

Guardian ad Litem needs volunteers

August 9, 2010

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.”

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 9, 2010

Harry Sweezy
Harry Leroy Sweezy, 81, of Newton, passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.
Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Sweezy family.

Students, families prepare for return to college

August 9, 2010

Whether you’re a freshman entering college for the first time or a soon-to-be empty-nester sending your children off to school, preparing for college can be a daunting task.
From packing for a tiny dorm room to getting along with a roommate you’ve never met,  the transition to college is an adjustment for the entire family.
There are things you can do, however, to prevent common problems stemming from new college experiences.

Moving into a dorm room

Attempted murder of an officer

August 9, 2010

Police arrested a Hickory man Sunday after he allegedly attempted to murder a police officer with a motor vehicle.

Jawanza Bentura Dickens, 28, of Hickory, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement official.

Two Hickory police officers responded to the sound of shots fired at 4:41 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Second Street Place SW. Two suspects were seen leaving the area in a vehicle, and in an attempt to get away, the suspects accelerated the vehicle backward at a high rate of speed toward one of the officers.

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