October 6th, 2010
Catawba County Schools continues its search for a new superintendent, and newly elected members of the Board of Education will be part of that search.
Candidates for the board spoke Monday at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum about the qualities they value in a leader for Catawba County Schools. Candidates also discussed how and where to make cuts in the school system's budget.
Carillon Assisted Living in Newton expanded its Garden Place wing and new residents are expected to move-in today.
The Garden Place, which is Carillon's Alzheimer's unit, went from holding 24 beds to 44 beds for residents with a memory-impaired disease. Carillon Executive Director Chris Alex said the growing need for an Alzheimer's facility encouraged staff to expand.
"The need in Catawba County (is why we chose to expand)," Alex said. "There is definitely a need (for an Alzheimer's facility)."
Mildred Ray Burns Ball, 87, of Hickory, was surrounded by her family and released her hand into her Lord and savior on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at her residence. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Nancy Faye Hoffman Griswold, 81, of Newton, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Maiden beat East Burke 3-0 at home Tuesday to remain within three games of first-place Newton-Conover in the Catawba Valley 2-A standings. The Blue Devils are 9-3 in conference play, including a sweep of rival Bandys, and the Red Devils are 12-0. Maiden won 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 over East Burke. Melanie Annas had a team-high 13 kills, Lauren Sizemore had 11, and McKenzie Garrison had nine. Ibtxhis Khang led Maiden with 43 assists in the win. Maiden plays Thursday at Bunker Hill.
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Traffic is backed up on westbound Interstate 40 on Wednesday near the 135 mile marker following a car crash.
The wreck occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. near the interstate overpass. According the Catawba County emergency workers, the passengers in the car complained of neck pain, but there were no serious injuries.
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation is at it again, but this time, they are moving dirt in Conover.
The county's new multi-jurisdictional park will be located in Conover after Conover City Council unanimously approved Monday to let Catawba County EDC purchase 159 acres of land at 3660 Lai-Ber Drive and 3720 Lai-Ber Drive near N.C. 16 and Northern Drive. The property was zoned as residential, but after City Council's meeting Monday, the property is now zoned for campus, office and institutional use.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness, but for Katheryn Harlan, breast cancer awareness is an everyday passion.
Harlan is the founder and president of Through Healing Eyes, a local breast cancer awareness group that raises money for treatment, prevention and education.
Harlan started the group seven years ago, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine screening.
"I realized there are a lot of people in this area who are affected (by breast cancer)," she said.
Catawba County will have a new sheriff after the Nov. 2 election, and two candidates think they have the qualifications to keep county residents safe, despite a tough economy.
Candidates for Catawba County sheriff Doris Kirby and Coy Reid participated in a question-and-answer political forum Monday at Maiden High School. Each candidate was given two questions to answer. The questions dealt with specific issues, which the new sheriff will encounter after election.
These questions included:
The town of Catawba has a new manager.
Catawba Town Council approved Monday the hiring of Brian Barnett, of Mooresville, to fill the vacant town manager position.
"He has all the qualifications we were looking for," said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling.
About 40 people applied for the job, and Catawba's interim town manager Eric Davis helped Town Council narrow down the candidates, Readling said.
Readling said Barnett has experience working with a town's budgetary needs, which was a skill he wanted in a new town manager.
Virginia Wilkinson Scronce, 88, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Virginia Wilkinson Scronce.
Betty Blackwell Schrum, 86, quietly departed this life Oct. 2, 2010, at Montereau Retirement Center in Tulsa, Okla.