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Archive - Feb 2012

February 2nd

110 pounds of history

February 2, 2012

More than a decade later, aftershocks from the 9/11 terrorist attacks continue to touch hearts in the Newton-Conover community.

UPS recently delivered a tightly stuffed box to Newton-Conover High School. Tom Mentzer, senior Naval science instructor and Navy JROTC commander, retrieved the heavy box at the school's office.

"When I opened it, my heart was beating so fast," Mentzer said, "because I knew what was inside."

The box housed 110 pounds of history — a piece of one of the two World Trade Center (WTC) towers that collapsed after planes hit them in 2001.

CCS calendar shortens summer

February 2, 2012

Catawba County Schools (CCS) will have a new calendar next year that will shorten teacher and student summers by nearly two weeks.

Some of the system's teachers say they don’t mind the change and are praising the “early-start” calendar that’s more similar to schedules used in previous years.

The CCS Board of Education unanimously approved a new 185-day calendar this week that will start teachers Aug. 2 and students Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year. The last day of student classes will be May 23, 2013.

School behavior translates to success

February 2, 2012

Students must behave to stay in school and graduate.

In Catawba County, overall student behavior is improving, but additional work must be done to keep more students in the classroom until graduation, school leaders said Thursday.

N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released state and district statistics on crime and violence incidents, suspensions and expulsions, and dropout rates for the 2010-11 school year.

L-R grads preparing for Super Bowl XLVI

February 2, 2012

As the world prepares to watch the New York Giants and New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, two Lenoir-Rhyne graduates are working to claim titles.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell (‘85) and tight ends coach Michael Pope (‘64) both played for L-R on the gridiron.

Fewell, a Gastonia native, is in his second season with the Giants as their defensive coordinator.

He played for L-R from 1980-83, earning the team’s Most Improved award in his senior season.

Dinosaurs invade Catawba Science Center

February 2, 2012

Slip back in time — way back — like millions of years ago and walk among dinosaurs in a lush, primordial swamp setting of misty pools and hanging vines. Impossible to miss amid delicate ferns are six not-so-delicate roaring, robotic dinosaurs.

The immersive, prehistoric setting in Catawba Science Center’s Carpenter Hall is home for the dinosaurs through Sept. 2.

CVAC, NWC wrestling titles on the line Saturday

February 2, 2012

Individual titles in 14 different weight classes are on the line Saturday at the Catawba Valley 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A wrestling tournaments.

The CVAC tournament takes place Saturday at 9 a.m. at East Burke High School, while the NWC tournament is at Alexander Central High School at 10 a.m.

Defending CVAC regular season and tournament champion Newton-Conover returns four champions from last year’s tournament, including Ian Canrobert (41-2), Coleman Carter (31-8), Addison Klutz (38-4) and Tyler Benfield (39-3).

Newton Rec holding spring sign-ups

February 2, 2012

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for youth soccer, baseball, softball and girls volleyball. Sign-ups for soccer, baseball and softball continue through March 9. The deadline for volleyball is Feb. 17.

Youth leagues

Bridge replacement expected to begin soon

February 2, 2012

Work to replace the N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40 in Conover may begin as early as Feb. 27.

N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a $3.1 million contract to replace the bridge to Blythe Development Co., of Charlotte.
Work to replace the old bridge in its existing location is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.

All lanes of I-40 will remain open during construction, except during short periods of time at night when new girders are set.

The bridge was built in 1957, and transportation officials have deemed it both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Feb. 2

February 2, 2012

Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawny Phil saw shadows this morning, and he’s predicting six more weeks of winter.

Visit for more about his prediction and the 126-year tradition started by The O-N-E’s sister newspaper, The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Claremont leaders are planning for continued growth in the city. Read more about their strategic plan in The O-N-E’s print and online editions.

Newton is delivering severe weather waring devices to city residents.

Buc’s Cupboard offers free snacks to Catawba Valley Community College students.

Groundhog: Six more weeks of winter

February 2, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his oak stump in central Pennsylvania this morning to find shadows awaiting him.

The result of the 126th annual Groundhog Day tradition predicts six more weeks of winter. Although since winter has been unusually mild in western North Carolina, that might not be such a bad thing.

The announcement Thursday morning drew groans from more than 18,000 people assembled at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, a city about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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