October 1st, 2010
The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is bringing the green to Catawba County.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the tournament, and those spectators bring more to the region than simply an interest in golf - they bring money.
"We think it's the single largest tourism draw in the region," said Bebe Leitch, Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority executive director.
Ruth Thomas Prince, 92, of Conover, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Grady Jay Shepherd Jr., 90, of Burlington, died Sept. 29, 2010. Condolences may be offered to www.richandthompson.com.
Bernhard Langer comes into this weekâ€™s tournament with a substantial lead in the Charles Schwab Cup. He comes into this weekâ€™s tournament looking to increase that lead.
â€śMy game is good right now,â€ť Langer said Thursday. â€śItâ€™s been good all year, and I really had a very good summer.â€ť
The search for a new Catawba County Schools superintendent is under way.
Advertisements for the available position were posted Sept. 7, and the application deadline is Nov. 22. The CCS Board of Education hired the N.C. School Board Association to accept applications and serve as a hub for the search.
Meanwhile, CCS employees and community members are asked to complete an online survey, which was posted Sept. 7 on the CCS website at www.catawbaschools.net.
Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education approved its $31.5 million budget during a Monday work session at Central Office.
The 2010-11 budget was a slight increase from last year's $30 million budget. The increase was not related to the school system receiving additional funding, according to Carmen Houston, NCCS finance director.
Houston said additional money showing up in this year's budget is the remaining federal money received last year for the Education Job Fund, which is to pay school-based salaries.
Murray Elementary School is close to having renovations that could alleviate school traffic issues on Section House Road.
During Monday's Catawba County Schools Board of Education meeting, board members agreed on an option for the elementary school's main entrance to be moved to the south side or left of the building. In addition, six classrooms will be added to the right of the building.
Sarge is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy - or at least that's what he says.
But the product of Sarge's work during the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is anything but behind the scenes.
The shiny, brand new vehicles line Rock Barn parking lots and golf greens, and if you've ever been blinded at the tournament by the sun's glint off a sparkling windshield, you've got Sarge, 48, of Catfish, to thank.
A seat belt and an airbag saved the life of a Hickory man Thursday after his car crashed into a tractor trailer.
Eduardo Cervantes, 31, was driving in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A in Conover at 8:21 a.m. when his car hit the back of an 18-wheeler, according to Shannon Roberts of the Conover Police Department.
The tractor trailer was stopped in the roadway attempting to turn, and Cervantes told police the sun prevented him from seeing the truck until it was too late, Roberts said.
Former Catawba County commissioner Glenn Barger will take his seat in the superintendent's office today.
Barger was approved by Catawba County Schools Board of Education in August to be the interim superintendent effective Oct. 1 after former superintendent Dr. Tim Markley accepted a job with New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington. Markley also starts his new position today.
Larry Walter Boyles, 64, of Stanley, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at his residence. The family will receive friends Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the home of his sister Betty.
Ronald Lee Setzer Sr., 55, of Granite Falls, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at WFU-Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The Setzer family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.