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August 24th

CCS budget drops 2 positions

August 24, 2010

Catawba County Schools teachers are safe this year after the Board of Education approved its $142 million budget for the new school year.
Even though CCS will not make additional teacher cuts this year, an energy management position and a student services position were cut from this year's budget. Other possible teacher cuts were saved after faculty and staff retired from CCS, which left openings that will not be filled right now in order to protect jobs.

In addition, there is a 12.5 percent reduction in staff development.

Search starts for new superintendent

August 24, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education will release Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley 30 days earlier than his ending contract date.

Markley requested Monday the board release him from his position Sept. 30 in order to move and settle in Wilmington for his new job as superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.

"We respect that," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer. "It's the beginning of the school year, and we very much accept the fact that there are goals and direction that need to be set in New Hanover. It's not unusual at all for a superintendent to ask for a 60-day release."

Inmate caught with suspected cocaine

August 24, 2010

A Catawba County sheriff’s deputy found Sunday what appears to be crack cocaine under the mattress of a county inmate.

Deputy D. Roberts was serving lunch in the Catawba County Detention Facility when he saw Curese Devin McIlwain, 25, standing on the toilet in his cell.

According to the arrest report, Roberts saw McIlwain “attempting to do something to the vent in his cell.”

Roberts continued with his duties in the detention facility but returned to McIlwain’s cell shortly after.

County closes animal shelter

August 24, 2010

Catawba County will temporarily close its Animal Shelter off Highway 321 in Newton, beginning on Wednesday, to allow for a thorough sanitation of the shelter. This decision follows an increasing number of cases of an upper respiratory illness that remains unidentified, in spite of extensive tests and treatment at the shelter and at two animal virus labs.

Water crisis in Newton

August 24, 2010

Both lanes of U.S. 70 were closed Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. after public works officials cut a gas line while attempting to locate a broken water line. 

About 136 Newton residents in a 1.4-square mile area are without water after a water line break threatened the city's ability to provide water to customers.

Currently water service has been been discontinued for city water customers between St. Paul's Church Road and Boundary Street, including the Newton shopping center where Bi-Lo and several other businesses are located.

August 23rd

Moped theft leads to deadly crash

August 23, 2010

Two men killed in a head-on collision Sunday were suspects in a moped theft, which occurred earlier that morning.

Christopher Archie Greene, 27, of Newton, and Brian Odell Lail, 30, of Hickory, were traveling in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck on Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road in Newton about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. B.E. Hipp of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Greene was driving the vehicle and Lail was riding in the truck bed, allegedly holding a moped that was stolen earlier Sunday morning from Legends apartment complex at 2113 21st St. SE in Hickory.

City interviews manager candidates

August 23, 2010

laremont officials will meet this week to interview candidates for the vacant city manager position.

City Council and Claremont citizen Jennifer Lowrance will interview three candidates for the job Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. during closed-session special meetings.

Candidates will be asked a series of more than 20 questions during the interview, and each candidate will be asked the same questions.

“I’ve done several interviews before, and it’s good to include (citizens),” said Tom Hogg, Claremont’s interim city manager.

Women stabbed with stiletto

August 23, 2010

A woman’s ex-boyfriend stabbed her Sunday with a steak knife and her stiletto shoe.

Hickory Police arrested Cameron Caleb Seagle, 21, of Hickory, on Sunday after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Brittany Danielle Wiles, 19, of Hickory.

He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, attempted first-degree murder and second-degree trespassing.

According to the Hickory Police Department, Seagle waited outside Wiles’ apartment complex at 740 Fifth Ave. SW in Hickory about 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

Cosmetology school sees enrollment increase

August 23, 2010

Twin sisters Blair and Jenna Johnson do just about everything together – including attend cosmetology school.

The sisters are two of 63 students in Catawba Valley Community College’s cosmetology school, a program experiencing record enrollment.

“It’s because the economy has been so bad,” said instructor Joyce Thomas. “People are looking for work where they’re going to get a job in the field, and everybody’s always going to get their hair done. It’s guaranteed.”

August 22nd

Two killed in Sunday wreck

August 22, 2010

Two people were killed and four others injured in a head-on collision early Sunday on Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road.
According to N.C. Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred about 1:45 a.m. Sunday when a 1990 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Christopher Greene, 27, collided head-on with a Dodge pick-up truck. Green and a passenger of his vehicle, Brian Lail, 30, were killed in the wreck. Lail was riding in the bed of the truck, according to Highway Patrol.
Four passengers in the Dodge were injured in the wreck.

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