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Students AVID for learning

January 26, 2011

Students and administrators in Newton-Conover City Schools talked with system officials Monday about the benefits of a middle- and high-school learning program, hoping the initiative won't fall victim to budget cuts during the system's upcoming budgeting process.

Newton-Conover middle and high school principals Jim Elliott and Kevin Campbell, as well as students involved in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, spoke with the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education about the program's value during the board's Monday night meeting.

EDC plans for more jobs, investments

January 26, 2011

During fiscal year 2009-10, companies announced investments in Catawba County totaling more than $1 billion.

Those investments amount to 1,495 new jobs and 702 officially retained jobs, according to a recent publication from the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.

EDC president Scott Millar said the county accomplished a lot in the previous fiscal year, but there's still a lot to be done before confidence returns completely to the area.

Traffic stop leads to gun, drug charges

January 26, 2011

Two Hickory men face gun and drug charges after Lincoln County sheriff's deputies stopped the men for speeding.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement unit was conducting traffic surveillance on U.S. 321 in Lincolnton about 4 p.m. Friday.

Officers saw a burgundy Ford Excursion traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies stopped the Ford Excursion, which had Virginia license plates, at mile marker 25. Five people were in the vehicle at the time.

Organizations take homeless count

January 26, 2011

Catawba County participated in a homeless count Wednesday to determine the number of people living day-to-day on area streets.

Troy Jones, 47, of Hickory, is one of those people. He has been homeless for about nine months after he lost his landscaping job.

"It hit me hard," Jones said. "I couldn't pay my rent."

Jones was one of many people who came to be counted Wednesday at Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, one of five counting locations throughout Catawba County.

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