Archive - 2010 - News Article
Newton-Conover City Schools and the Newton Police Department devised a new traffic pattern for South Newton Elementary School for morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up.
“It’s more of a safety issue than anything,” said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. “We want to keep students and their parents safe.”
A man charged in the murder of a Conover couple could face the death penalty if convicted of the crime.
Frederick Hedgepeth, 25, pleaded not guilty in Rowan County Superior County on Wednesday to the June murders of Jerry and Jody Bullin.
Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Hedgepeth.
Hedgepeth is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly shot the Bullins to death June 2 after making arrangements with the couple to buy a car from them.
Claremont residents and city officials gathered in Claremont Elementary School's parking lot while other residents watched from front porches and front yards as the old Claremont gym was demolished Wednesday morning.
"I hate to see the gym come down, but it looks like it should've come down long ago," said Betty Hewitt Cloninger, of Claremont.
Cloninger was a student at the school from first through 12th grade. In addition, she played basketball in the old gym as a forward on the girl's team from eighth through 12th grade.
Wednesday was a new beginning in end-of-life care for Catawba County.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley board members and staff broke ground Wednesday at the center’s new Sherrills Ford Hospice House site.
The six-bed inpatient facility, located at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road, will serve eastern Catawba County, parts of Lincoln County, Denver and Mooresville, areas whose needs were previously unmet.
Catawba Town Council is considering delaying the town's $1.2 million construction project after financial problems forced the town to reconsider its expenses.
Catawba has a "hole in its budget" of about $220,000 from when the town appropriated the funds from its general fund to cash reserves, said Eric Davis, Catawba's interim town manager.
Town Council discussed Catawba's budgetary problems Tuesday at a special meeting.
Car locks and deadbolts are commonplace on today’s vehicles and residences, but the security precautions often aren’t enough to prevent theft.
“Car break-ins have probably been the biggest crime in the county for years,” said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid. “(When people steal), it’s usually anything that people can take that’s quick.”
The most commonly stolen items in car break-ins include money, radio systems, CDs and GPS units.
School hasn’t started yet, but rising Newton-Conover freshmen got a taste of high school Tuesday before classes are in session.
About 80 freshmen participated in Newton-Conover City Schools’ Surge program, which prepares students for their high school careers through mentoring and guidance.
“I was scared that I might get lost on the first day (of school), and I wouldn’t be able to find my classes,” said rising freshman Kabao Khang. “This has really made me less nervous.”
An 8-year-old girl is in fair condition after being struck by an SUV on Monday in Newton.
Mikaelah Janae Stanley, of Hickory, attempted to cross the street about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Ashe Avenue and West Eighth Street.
According to a police report, the drvier of the SUV, Charline Marie Farley, 34, of Newton, was traveling below the speed limit and didn't have enough time to stop before striking the child.
Stanley was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
No charges have been filed in the incident.
For students and staff at the Montessori at Sandy Ford school, education is about simple gifts – peace, joy and respect.
The community celebrated those gifts Monday with the groundbreaking of a new location for the school on Sandy Ford Road in Newton. Montessori at Sandy Ford will have a sustainable building design to reinforce the school’s emphasis on preserving the natural world.
More than 400 abused and neglected children need a voice in the court system, and the Guardian ad Litem program helps give children speak.
But with the economic downturn and an increasing number of cases, the advocacy program needs volunteers now more than ever.
“It’s sad. It has impacted the program,” said Angela Phillips, GAL 25th district administrator. “Parents are more stressed than ever about their jobs, and that often brings out their problems. The cases now are more egregious than ever.”