March 14th, 2012
Catawba County wants its next school superintendent to have strong communication skills.
That's what community members, and Catawba County Schools staff and principals indicated in a recent survey aimed at identifying important characteristics of CCS superintendent candidates.
"That's No. 1 for me, too," said CCS board member Sherry Butler.
You can say Luke Walsh was excited for math on Wednesday, but that might be an understatement.
Walsh, a math instructor at Catawba Valley Community College, was more like a radio DJ or club emcee, orchestrating CVCCâ€™s Pi Day Eating Challenge with a passion for mathematics and competitive eating.
â€śAll right everybody let me see your Piâ€™s,â€ť Walsh said. He held up three fingers â€” symbolic for the mathematical Pi equivalent of 3.14 â€” and waved his arm back and forth.
He drew a couple â€śPiâ€™sâ€ť from the CVCC student crowd.
â€śThatâ€™s all right, weâ€™ll get funky later,â€ť he said.
The man accused of assaulting a handicapped person during a Conover City Council meeting earlier this year appeared in court on Wednesday.
Ken Herman, 71, of Conover, is charged with assault on a handicapped person after allegedly slapping a Conover man in the back of the head prior to a city council meeting in February.
Hermanâ€™s case was continued on Wednesday until June 29, according to information provided by the district attorneyâ€™s office.
Police arrested Herman on Feb. 10, four days after allegedly assaulting Coy Hester at Conoverâ€™s Feb. 6 council meeting.
Leaders say STEM education may lead young people to jobs in the future.
STEM â€” or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math â€” has been the focus of several education initiatives throughout Catawba County in recent months.
On Wednesday, education professionals from Hickory and across the state agreed that STEM education produces results.
â€śIt draws out the creativity and innovation to drive new products and create new ways of working,â€ť said Lamar Mitchell, director of Catawba County Champions of Education. â€śWe want to make sure our students coming up are equipped to compete."
Quick action by a neighbor helped police arrest two Hickory men who stole a TV from a home in Lincoln County on Wednesday morning.
A neighbor saw two men drive an SUV behind a house in the 1900 block of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse about 11:15 a.m.
He saw the men put a 32-inch flat-screen TV in their vehicle and speed away from the scene.
The neighbor provided Lincoln County law enforcement with information about the vehicle and a suspect description.
Lincolnton police caught the suspects at a traffic stop and found the stolen TV in the Ford Explorer.
More details are emerging about a fatal collision on I-40 The O-N-E was first to report Tuesday morning.
Get complete information about a crash near Claremont involving an MDI truck, including eyewitness accounts, in the Wednesday print and online editions of The O-N-E.
Investigation into the wreck continues, and the Oxford Street bridge is still closed until department of transportation officials can confirm it is still safe for traffic.
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Following a second six-year tenure as Bandys girls basketball coach, Beth Queen is stepping down.
Queen, who has spent 16 seasons as a player and coach at the school, said she knew before this past season started that it would be her last.
â€śThat was part of my plan the whole time,â€ť Queen said. â€śWhen I came back six years ago, the Bandys girls basketball program wasnâ€™t very successful. I wanted to rebuild the program. At that time, it was my intention to stay six years.â€ť
Queen coached the Trojans from 1998-2003 before leaving to spend time with her family
Capping a stellar prep basketball career, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Shynese Whitener was named the 2012 District 10 girls basketball player of the year by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA).
Receiving the honor caught the senior off guard.
â€śIâ€™m definitely surprised,â€ť Whitener said. â€śIâ€™m still shocked. Itâ€™s an honor to receive this award. It was fun just going out every night, having my teammates support and playing basketball. It goes to show you that hard work pays off.â€ť
Two of the best tennis teams in the Catawba Valley 2A collided Tuesday in Newton.
When the dust settled, Newton-Conover had notched its 64th straight home conference victory with a 7-2 win against Maiden.
â€śThis was biggest hurdle in that winning streak,â€ť said N-C coach Brian Tate. â€śThis is probably the least inexperienced team Iâ€™ve ever had since Iâ€™ve been here. Weâ€™re getting better.â€ť
Newton-Conover High School's new athletic director says he wants to take the Red Devils sports program to the next level.
School district leaders say he has the athletic and administrative experience to do it.
Billy Leeson was hired this month to serve as NCHS's athletic director and assistant principal.