Archive - Oct 19, 2011 - News Article
Donna Heavner says she realized in kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher when she helped a struggling peer learn how to read.
Heavner also says she was at risk of dropping out of school when she was a teenager because she felt lost in the crowd.
Now, Heavner helps about 600 children find their way every day. The River Bend Middle School principal was recognized by her peers this month as Catawba County Schools' principal of the year.
"It's been magical," Heavner said Wednesday. "I have the best group of people. Amazing teachers. Amazing kids. I've been blessed."
A tip from a concerned citizen helped police catch thieves in the act Monday night in Newton.
Newton Police responded to Hickory House Furniture at about 9:45 p.m. Monday after a caller reported a suspicious person being dropped off at the business.
When officers arrived, they observed lights and noises coming from inside the business.
After officers established a perimeter around the building and called for back-up, two men ran from the back of the building. A Newton police officer caught and arrested Sean Christopher Blankenship, 41, of Hickory, but the second man escaped.
Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education candidates say securing funding and improving student achievement are major issues facing the system heading into 2012.
Four candidates are vying for three seats on the school board. Jim Stockner faces no opposition for the open Newton seat, while current board member Mark Murphy and Chairman Scott Loudermelt face challenger Jeanne Jarrett in the race for two open Conover seats.
A new state law limits municipalitiesâ€™ authority on the placement of political signs.
North Carolina lawmakers passed Senate Bill 315 in August. The bill allows residents to place political signs in the right-of-ways of state-maintained roads. Itâ€™s a change that trumps many municipal ordinances that previously ruled against right-of-way signs along state highways and streets.
The law does not prohibit any signs on controlled access highways, such as Interstate 40 and Interstate 77.