June 24th, 2011
Todayâ€™s teenagers are faced with important decisions, such as where to apply for their first job, what car theyâ€™ll drive and where theyâ€™ll go to college. For some teens, however, decisions are more likely to involve what brand of diapers to use and what kind of formula to purchase.
At an alarming rate, teenagers are engaging in sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancies.
Students throughout Catawba County high schools arenâ€™t just learning about history, math and science anymore. In addition to algebra problems and chemistry experiments, students also have the option of learning how to be parents.
Parenting and Child Development is offered at every Catawba County high school. Part of the Career and Technical Education program, Parenting and Child Development gives students the opportunity to learn the basic theories of child development, as well as effective parenting techniques.
School is out for the summer, but Catawba County teenagers donâ€™t have to worry about filling the void that once contained pop quizzes and final exams.
Teen Up, a program offered by Catawba County Social Services, is a free program that provides area preteens and teens an opportunity to engage in conversation, as well as activities, that promote the discussion of common adolescent issues like handling peer pressure, making smart choices and taking advantage of educational opportunities.
A Catawba County woman is facing charges in connection with the theft of equestrian equipment and forging checks.
Kellie Ann Linker, 48, 7208 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one felony count of larceny.
Newton Police are searching for a suspect who stole more than $1,000 in cigarettes from Honey's IGA.
An Observer News Enterprise employee was delivering newspapers to Honey's IGA, located at 425 West A St., at about 3 a.m. Friday, when it was discovered a concrete block was thrown through a front window at the business.
Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough said an unidentified suspect entered the grocery store after the window was broken and stole 24 cigarette cartons totaling $1,160 in value. Yarborough said the store was last secure at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
It took eight innings in Thursdayâ€™s minor league baseball game, but West Virginia managed to score one run to get past Hickory.
After a pitching duel between Hickoryâ€™s Nick Tepesch and West Virginiaâ€™s Colton Cain, a double by Power first basemen Justin Howard in the top of the eighth gave his team a 1-0 lead they did not relinquish.
Tepesch (2-3, 3.43 ERA) had a strong outing, striking out nine batters in six innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs for Hickory (0-1, 40-29).
Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough inspects a car accident in front of the First United Methodist Church in Newton Thursday.
A woman driving a black Toyota Camry was driving down N. Main Ave. when she slammed into the back of Honda Civic parked in front of First Methodist.
Newton fire department and police department responded to the accident. There were no injuries.
Students at Newton-Conover High school will notice a new face roaming the halls of their school next year â€” only this one will walk on four legs.
Newton City Council recently approved a budget that included funding for an additional K-9 police officer to be handled by a new school resource officer Jeff Longstreet.
The K-9 will be with Longstreet every day, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
â€śItâ€™s not a great need at the schools, but I thought it would be a good tool there,â€ť Brown said.
Access to one of Catawba Countyâ€™s most historic structures is temporarily closed after strong storms and winds toppled over trees in the area.
Strong winds blew about five trees across the trail Wednesday that provides walking access to the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, forcing county officials to close the famous landmark temporarily.
â€śThe trail is closed for a period of time until we can get the trees cut and cleared,â€ť said Melinda Herzog, executive director of the Catawba County Historical Association. â€śThe bridge was spared. The bridge is fine, and we are very grateful for that.â€ť
Francis Betty Drum Lewis, 78, of Newton, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at her residence.
The family will receive friends, prior to the service Saturday, from 1-1:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton.
Galilea Lemus Sanchez, infant daughter of Emma Sanchez Rojo and Carlos Lemus Barjas of Claremont, was born and died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Burial will be in the Garden of Angels section of Startown Jenkins Cemetery.