Archive - Oct 14, 2011 - News Article
After first serving black students in Catawba County and later low-income pre-schoolers, Central High School in Newton now faces an uncertain future.
"The building is empty, and now the question is, what do we do with it?" said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
Marian Lara and Oscar Clemente turned their eyes to the sky above Shuford Elementary School on Friday as two rockets floated down into a field behind the school.
Marian and Oscar cheered as parachutes opened and their classmates chased after the vessels.
The rockets were launched by Shuford fifth-graders on the final day of a science program presented by N.C. Starbase, a Charlotte-based organization that has taught science, technology, engineering and math concepts to children for 16 years. Many of the Starbase staff members are former public school teachers and principals.
Consistent growth has forced St. Stephens Fire Department to expand to meet residents' needs.
The departmentâ€™s services and personnel have ballooned since its original two-bay station and small crew of the late 1950s. Today, the department serves more than 16,000 residents in northeast Catawba County and boasts a staff of about 40 full-time and volunteer members.
More members â€“ and more calls â€“ demands more space, something the department has anticipated for the past two years.
Some of the nationâ€™s top security experts are being bred off U.S. 70 in Hickory.
In a few years, they will be some of the best crime fighters in America, but they might not be what you expect.
They donâ€™t carry guns, and they arenâ€™t masters of Taekwondo. They donâ€™t have patrol cruisers or wear the stereotypical CIA suit.
No, these super heroes fight crime and protect the innocent through the click of the mouse and punch of the keyboard.