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Archive - Jan 7, 2011

Council aims for fewer child offenders

January 7, 2011

The Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council aims to better families and the communities in which they live — one child at a time.

The JCPC is mandated to provide funding for services to help at-risk youth and their families.

The council meets those needs through:

-Identifying youth's problems and needs;

-Determining what programs exist to meet those needs;

-Recommending support and continued existence of effective programs;

-Monitoring and reporting programs designed to prevent

institutionalization through alternative, community-based youth programs.

Coldcases of 2010

January 7, 2011

Law enforcement officials work every day to protect Catawba County's streets, solve crimes and arrest criminals who endangered county residents.

But every day, crimes go unsolved. Evidence goes cold. Tips stop trickling in. No one is arrested.

In 2010, many crimes went unsolved in the county, and law enforcement officials say they're making progress to put these crimes in the "solved" folder.

Ronald Padgett murder
Feb. 21

CCS receives $250K for science

January 7, 2011

Catawba County Schools is one of five state schools systems to receive an education grant valued at more than half a million dollars.

CCS received $261,037 for the 2010-11 fiscal year to promote science education in the classroom, and there are opportunities for that grant funding to continue during the next two years.

Trespasser held at gunpoint

January 7, 2011

A homeowner took matters into his own hands Thursday after a trespasser entered the man's residence.

Donald Banner, 68, of Maiden, was at his house on Anderson Mountain Road about 10 a.m. when he saw a suspicious person walking across the street.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Banner retrieved his pistol from inside the home and then returned to his front window to see if the man was still outside.

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