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August 27th

Winging It

August 27, 2010

Mike Propst, of Claremont, chows down Friday on a plate of 50 chicken wings at Untouchables in Conover during a wing-eating contest with his friend Brian Hardy, of Claremont. The men wanted to see how many wings they could eat in 30 minutes after watching an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” television show. “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman ate 50 wings in 30 minutes, and Propst and Hardy wanted to see how their abilities compared with Richman’s. Propst finished 36 wings in 28 minutes, and Hardy finished 27 wings in 30 minutes.

CCS to name interim superintendent

August 27, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education is close to naming an interim superintendent.

On Friday, the board met at Crowe and Davis, a firm in Conover where CCS attorney Crystal Davis works. The closed-session meeting was to discuss interim superintendent candidates.

The board recessed its meeting in the afternoon Friday to reconvene Monday at 4 p.m. at Crowe and Davis, 121 First Ave. South in Conover.
"Several board members had conflicts and had to leave (Friday's meeting)," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer.

Lutheran high school expands

August 27, 2010

The University Christian High School Barracudas had their first pep rally Thursday to prepare for an upcoming girl’s volleyball game.
And while the Lady Barracudas played Thursday night, UCHS officials met with parents to discuss plans for the school’s new facility.

“This is for kids who are really, really motivated and fairly mature,” said UCHS Principal Jerry Willard. “This is fulfilling the mission of education in Catawba County.”

Hospice recognized for safety

August 27, 2010

Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley was recognized Friday as one of 97 models for workplace safety in North Carolina.
The center was presented the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate by North Carolina Transportation Commissioner Cherie K. Berry.

“Thank you, thank you for everything you do,” Berry told Hospice employees at a reception Friday.

Berry experienced Hospice services first hand when her mother was care for in the hospice center in Caldwell County.

August 26th

Library sections to reopen

August 26, 2010

The Main Library in Newton is expected to open its children and teen sections next week following repairs for extensive water damage.

Heavy rain on Aug. 18 and 19 caused water to leak inside the library, which damaged several paperback books, as well as the library’s carpet and molding around the ceiling.

“We’re hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,” said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.

The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
“Amazingly, very few books were damaged,” Reed said. “Water just came in and poured down on the area.”

Teen falls from moving car

August 26, 2010

A Hickory teenager is recovering Thursday after falling from a moving vehicle earlier this week.

James Patrick Walton, 16, sustained head injuries during the fall and is in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Walton was sitting on the trunk of a stationary 1995 Eagle Talon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the residential area in the 700 block of 37th Avenue NE in Hickory.

Another teenager, Damion Alexander Sietz, 16, of Hickory, was also sitting on the vehicle’s trunk beside Walton.

HAZMAT team trains with drill

August 26, 2010

It sounds like the latest script from a science fiction movie – men in bright green, full-body jumpsuits search an abandoned warehouse for a dangerous substance leaking into the atmosphere.

But for the Catawba County Emergency Services’ HAZMAT team, it’s just another day on the job.

The 35-person crew, comprised of volunteers from area emergency management teams, conducted a training session Thursday to prepare for an evaluation of their services in November.

60 years, 60 miles

August 26, 2010

Joyce Murphy and her husband Mike finished the 2009 Soldiers Reunion Bike Ride in last place.

“We were last – dead last,” Mike said.

One year and thousands of miles of bike riding later, Joyce completed a 60-mile bike ride across Catawba County to celebrate her 60th birthday.
“I just thought it was something I could feasibly do,” Joyce said. “I’m really just doing it for myself. I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Joyce and Mike, who live in Newton, started riding bikes together two weeks before the 2009 reunion ride, and after their first ride, they were hooked.

Newton water SAFE to drink

August 26, 2010

Newton officials have just announced that water quality tests confirmed the city's water is safe to drink.

Newton City Manager Todd Clark said tests completed at various locations throughout the city's water system indicated that no contamination exists within the system. As a result, he said there is no need for citizens to continue boiling water before consuming or using it.

August 25th

First day runs smoothly

August 25, 2010

It may have been two hours late for some schools, but the first day of school ran smoothly Wednesday for area teachers, students and parents.

“We started with a two-hour delay, but everything went well” said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond. “Teachers did a great job with introducing students to the new school year.”

Newton-Conover City Schools and Startown and Balls Creek elementary schools opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday following a water line break Tuesday in Newton that threatened water pressure and sanitation for city water customers.

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