June 15th, 2011
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 societyâs new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facilityâs pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane societyâs 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 schoolâs 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.
Brady Ervin Moose, 71, of Newton, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. The Moose family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Louise Sherrill Triplette, 92, of Carillon Assisted Living in Newton, formerly of Granite Falls, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Carillon, where she resided for the past year. Pendry’s Funeral home of Lenoir is serving the Triplette family.
After three rounds, 54 holes and two 19-under-par scores, it took three playoff holes to decide this yearâs Greater Hickory Classic champion.
Mark Wiebe, a resident of Denver, Colo., defeated James Mason in the third playoff hole Sunday to claim the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic championship and the $262,500 winnerâs prize.
The victory by Wiebe breaks a 77-tournament losing streak.
âI didnât know it had been 77 tournaments since Iâve won,â Wiebe said. âThat was kind of a bummer to know. Iâm tickled to have busted that drought.â
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â The wait is over for Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. The championship-winning drivers with a bumpy personal connection are headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Yarborough and Waltrip got in on their third try, headlining the third five-member class announced Tuesday. They're joined by eight-time series champion crew chief Dale Inman, nine-time Modified champion Richie Evans and pioneering driver and owner Glen Wood.
As the children of librarians, Carmen Winstead and Meredith Gladden aren't strangers to reading or to books.
"When we were growing up, we had a lot of books to read," Winstead said.
Not every young person in Catawba County is as fortunate.
That's why the two rising seniors at Fred T. Foard High School wanted to help spread reading and books to other young people. They orchestrated a book drive at Blackburn Elementary School that collected 2,948 youth and children's books.
The North Carolina General Assembly agreed Monday to make it illegal to dismember a body to conceal a crime.
The new law was initiated by the local district attorneyâs office and will re-word an existing law to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a Class C felony.
State representatives Mark Hilton and Tim Moore drafted the bill that has roots in the Zahra Baker case.
Baker is the 10-year-old Hickory girl who was originally reported missing Oct. 9. After her remains were found nearly a month later, Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, was charged with second-degree murder.
The Newton-Conover School System will cut 14 teacher assistant positions next year to compensate for funding being retracted by the state, school officials announced Monday.
NCCS Superintendent Barry Redmond said the school system must return about $852,000 in discretionary reversion funding to the state and cutting positions is one of the only ways to create that money.
Jesse Leonard Knott, 82, of Hickory, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Jesse Leonard Knott.
Cecil Shuford Parker, 87, of Maiden, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Parker family.