June 16th, 2011
As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidtâ€™s fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterianâ€™s Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.
Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.
â€śYou got to have patience,â€ť he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. â€śYou just have to wait.â€ť
But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.
Ralph Arlie Rudisill, affectionately know as “Papa Moose,” 80, formerly of Claremont and Brian Center in Hickory, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Rudisill family has entrusted the funeral arrangement to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Gordon Arnold Beal, 69, of Maiden, passed away at his residence Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.
Newton's downtown water tank has a fresh coat of paint and logo, but while it improves the appearance of the 63-year-old tank, it isn't exactly what city leaders had in mind.
"The tank was supposed to be restored to what it was before the rust and the paint started flaking off," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
However, when Clark and others living and working near the city's downtown saw the tank's new logo last week, something was not quite right about the "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" red and blue graphic.
"It is positioned wrong on both sides," Clark said.
Catawba County Agri-tourism Day will be held Saturday, June 18. The day offers free family fun, self-guided tour of Catawba County farms and farm-related events.
The Agri-tourism Day is made possible with funding support from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Agricultural District signs are located on farmlands where the farmers committed to preserve the agricultural way of life.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) â€” A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.
The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.
The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.
The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.
A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.
Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.
Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.
After months of speculation as to who would guide the future of the Fred T. Foard football program, the Tigers finally have their man.
Jason Phelps, who spent the past three seasons at Bartlett Yancey High School, was hired as the head football coach at Foard.
Phelps was introduced Wednesday evening in the Fred T. Foard High School cafeteria with parents and students watching in attendance.
Phelps said there were a few main reasons the Foard coaching job interested him.
Ransom is a dog â€“ a big, white dog.
At first glance, the 5-year-old lab mix is just another mutt â€” another one of the many homeless animals at the Catawba County Humane Society.
But watch him for a minute, and his true personality may surface.
On Wednesday, Ransom sprawled, spun, splashed and scurried around the humane societyâ€™s new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facilityâ€™s pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane societyâ€™s community outreach leader.
North Carolina's 2011-12 budget will take away about $11 million from Catawba County's three school systems, creating a fearful future for school officials and area children.
"This budget sets us on a road to bankruptcy," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
Budget cuts in public education spending will take a total of $4.7 million from Catawba County's three school systems. Discretionary funds from school systems also have to be paid back to the state, which makes the number climb to $10.9 million lost in public funding.
A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary schoolâ€™s staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.
The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.