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January 25th, 2011

Catawba man charged in marina break-ins

January 25, 2011

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies arrested two men Saturday for multiple counts of felony breaking and entering, and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that the men could face additional charges for similar break-ins in the Sherrills Ford community.

Bobby Lee Fish Jr., 30, of Catawba, and Richard Allen Champion Jr., 22, of Lincolnton, were each charged with 18 counts of felony breaking and entering a watercraft, one count of felony conspiracy to commit larceny and one count of felony larceny.

Newton road closed

January 25, 2011

West Eighth Street in Newton, between Deal and Ashe avenues, will be closed Tuesday for about five hours.
The closure came at the request of the Newton Water Department at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

CCS in stable financial health

January 25, 2011

Despite little state and county funding, Catawba County Schools remains on stable financial ground.
One important part of the fiscal year 2009-10 audit is the school system's general fund balance increased $1.7 million from 2009's audit. The new general fund balance is $6.2 million.
The general fund is the school system's primary fund for operating expenses and some minor facility needs.
"We increased our available fund balance," said Sandra Wolfe, CCS finance director. "We looked at what's happening in the state and are conservative in our funding."

January 24th

Power Ranger: Rangers’ Moreland takes stage Tuesday at Crawdads Hot Stove

January 24, 2011

In just a few short days, a World Series star will be speaking in the area.

Texas Rangers first basemen Mitch Moreland will be the highlight of the 2011 Hot Stove Banquet presented by the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday, Jan. 27 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.

Tickets for the event are available now and cost $35. Discount group tickets are also available and cost $200 for eight tickets.
The 25-year-old Moreland was a participant in the Texas Rangers amazing postseason, in which they reached the 2010 World Series as champions of the American League.

Baby finalist in beach contest

January 24, 2011

Ava Anderson is a miracle baby.

That's what her parents, Alicia and Matt, will tell you.

Alicia, 28, and Matt, 31, both of Lincolnton, unsuccessfully tried to become parents for two years before Ava was born in September 2009.

The proud parents were blessed with a baby girl who is not only healthy, but worthy of a magazine cover, according to Oak Island Accommodations.

Ava, now 16 months old, is one of eight children who are finalists to appear on the cover of the 2011 Beach Times magazine.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 24, 2011

Rheita Lee Setzer Rome, 77, of Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton with the Rev. Jim Church officiating.

Clyde S. Shook, 60, of Newton, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

CCS weighs personnel options

January 24, 2011

In 2009-10, Catawba County Schools reduced positions for 69 teachers, 113 teacher assistants, four custodians and three literary coaches.

With North Carolina facing a more than $3 billion budget shortfall, CCS leaders face yet another year of difficult budget decisions — including personnel cuts and reductions.

CCS student programs face changes

January 24, 2011

Faced with uncertain funding options from state budget-makers, the Catawba County Schools Board of Education held a meeting Monday to discuss its choices for the 2011-12 budget.

The board talked about options for cutting back system expenses while preserving jobs, which forced them to consider changes to two educational programs for students.

Board members entertained the idea of moving the Green Room Academy of Drama (GRAD) program to Maiden High School's facilities to save costs on the magnet school for students interested in pursuing theater arts.

From the publisher: Lawmakers, leave your guns at home

January 24, 2011

Cong. Sue Myrick is thinking about packing heat.
Yes, in the wake of a Jan. 8 mass shooting that killed six people and injured 14 others — including U.S. Cong. Gabrielle Giffords — Myrick told The Charlotte Observer she is thinking about obtaining a concealed-carry gun permit and carrying a personal firearm.

January 21st

Trojan Queen: Win gives coach 300 combined victories at Bandys High School

January 22, 2011

The clock read 0:00. History was made.

After a win against Draughn on Friday, Bandys coach Beth Queen collected her 300th win in 15 seasons as a player and coach.

“I love the Bandys community,” Queen said. “I’ve grown up here and been a part of Bandys basketball my whole life. It brings me to be able to bring more victories to the school. I wouldn’t want to coach anywhere else.”

The Trojans came out in the first half motivated to give their coach the historic win. They displayed a strong offensive and defensive performance, and limited Draughn to just four first-quarter points.

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