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Jury selection starts

August 16, 2010

Jury selection started Monday for the murder trial of a man who alleged shot and killed a N.C. trooper two years ago.
Edwardo Wong is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Trooper Shawn Blanton on Interstate 40 near Canton.
The trial will be held in Catawba County because a judge ruled media outlets near Canton biased potential jurors.
Wong allegedly shot Blanton to death June 17, 2008, during a traffic stop. Prosecutors say Blanton pulled Wong over because he couldn’t find information about Wong’s GMC truck in the database.

CCS adopts new math curriculum

August 16, 2010

Teachers in Catawba County Schools have a new way to teach math this school year.
The school system will implement a new conceptually based math program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The new programs, Math Expressions and Math Connects, center around conceptual teaching instead of learning only math algorithms.
“It’s based on the way children learn,” said Leslie Barnette, CCS elementary education director. “It’s going to help them make connections with what they already know.”

Back-to-school costs

August 16, 2010

Public schools provide children with necessary education tools without the tuition costs associated with private schools.
But is a public education really free?

Elementary school supplies
One supply list for Oxford Elementary asks students to purchase six single-subject wire composition notebooks; seven file folders in red, green, orange and blue colors; two purple pocket folders; wide-ruled notebook paper; No. 2 pencils; pencil-cap erasers; crayons; red ink pens; facial tissues; paper towels; hand soap; and sandwich bags.

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