August 11th, 2011
A Catawba County Schools middle school teacher was fired Thursday for an "inappropriate" relationship with a high school student.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to terminate Mill Creek Middle School teacher Charles "Chuck" Settlemyre for six stated reasons, according to CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger. All of those reasons were related to "inappropriate conversation and contact with a student," he said. The contact occurred during the spring semester of the 2010 school year, he said.
Area citizens will step, spin and sway tonight to raise funds for a Newton child who lost her mother to multiple brain aneurysms earlier this year.
The Perfect Workout expects at least 60 people to dance in a Zumbathon tonight at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church to raise money for the child of Nina Marie Leavitt Watkins, who passed away in June from multiple brain aneurysms.
Watkins was a member of The Perfect Workout and first felt sick while working out at the gym June 6, said Perfect Workout Owner Sharon Rashidi.
Family, delicious food and more than nine years of experience all create the perfect recipe for Tojo Bakeryâ€™s success.
Barbara Tojo and her husband, George Tojo, set up shop in 2002 as a family-run bakery after originally moving to the U.S. from Cuba.
â€śWe moved from Cuba to Miami, Florida, and lived there for three years and worked in a bakery,â€ť Barbara said. â€śThen we had a friend tell us to move here (North Carolina) and we worked in a factory for a couple of years.â€ť
While the Tojos found the job at the factory as good experience, they wanted to return to working in a bakery.
A standard code of dress inches closer on the horizon for elementary students in Newton-Conover City Schools, and some of the system's principals say that's a good thing.
"As a team, we have talked about the standard code of dress, and we agree with it," said former Shuford Elementary Principal Patrick Nelson speaking on behalf of principals representing the systems elementary schools. "It works at the middle school, and it has been phenomenal. Once this is approved, we will present you with discipline results and show you this has been positive."
Dr. Richard Griffin recently returned from Bolivia. Again.
Griffin, 78, was 34 when he made his first trip to Bolivia. After 44 years, he lost count of the number of times he traveled to Bolivia.
â€śOh, I guess 30 trips, something like that,â€ť Griffin answered softly.
The gentle-mannered doctor is accustomed to the hectic pace of a busy ophthalmology practice. Griffin â€” born and raised in Hickory â€” was in practice with his father for many years, the late Harold Griffin. He continued in the family practice when his father retired. Then, Griffin signed on at Graystone Ophthalmology.
Sarah Green Palmer of Catawba died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at her home surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The Palmer family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.
Katie Rohr Gouge, 61, of Newton passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. The Gouge family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
James Lee Morgan, 51, of Newton, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at his residence. The Morgan family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Linda Kay Flowers, 70, of Icard passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 with family by her side. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Flowers family.
Area emergency officials were busy in the countyâ€™s Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, but it was only a drill.
â€¨Catawba County Emergency Services along with Public Health, Social Services, Catawba County Schools and the American Red Cross joined in a day-long drill to test local response capability to a radiation release at McGuire Nuclear Station.
The first addition to Newton Depot Authorityâ€™s outdoor museum rolled into the station on Tuesday, and it is more than 90 years old.
A crane lowered a 1920s-style locomotive and fuel tender into place on Tuesday on non-functional train tracks behind the Newton Depot Authority on N. Main Avenue.
Depot officials said there is only one other locomotive and tender set like it in the nation.
Classic cars, good music, fellowship, and fun â€“ these are common at the annual Soldiers Reunion â€śCruisinâ€™ & Car Showâ€ť scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening.
In its 20th year, Cruisinâ€™ has become one of the most popular activities during Reunion Week, according to Wayne Dellinger, chairman for the Soldiers Reunion. The car show and cruisinâ€™ alone are expected to attract thousands of area residents and hundreds of vintage vehicles that day. Dellinger said the classic car event is part of the Reunionâ€™s weeklong tribute to U.S. military personnel, both past and present.