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October 11th

County targets job creation

October 11, 2011

County commissioners will target job growth throughout the next fiscal year – a goal leaders said can only succeed with help from area groups.

In a special seven-hour meeting earlier this week, Catawba County commissioners met with area economic and municipal leaders to hammer out ideas and goals for the future.

Catawba County celebrates graduation rate

October 11, 2011

North Carolina public school leaders are celebrating the classrooms that manage to keep kids going to the end of their high school careers.

Schools and districts with the highest graduation rates were honored in Durham on Tuesday at a recognition lunch. The event honors the 23 schools around the state that graduated every student last year. Also getting special recognition are the schools with the highest graduation rates for their size.

Change of lesson plans

October 11, 2011

Catawba County children are finally getting answers to the age-old question of "why" they must learn certain concepts in school.

Newton-Conover City Schools leaders say they hope those answers help children prepare to compete for higher-education and job opportunities around the world.

School curriculums are changing across North Carolina as the state implements a new "common core of standards," a structure for lessons that often focus on the retention of eight to 10 main concepts or skills in a subject.

October 10th

Newton teenager snatches purse

October 10, 2011

A Newton teenager robbed a woman at gunpoint Saturday for her purse and $10 in consumer items.

Police say Joshua Caleb Powell, 17, of 1107 Fox Chase Drive in Newton, and one at-large suspect robbed a woman at about 10 p.m. Saturday outside the Target in Hickory.

The woman told officers she was walking back to her car from the Target off Catawba Valley Boulevard Southeast when she felt an object that appeared to be a gun in the small of her back, according to a Hickory Police Department incident report.

Cops focus on U.S. 321 drug crimes

October 10, 2011

Law enforcement concentrated efforts on arresting drug criminals along U.S. 321 between I-40 and I-85 in recent months.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement (DICE) team reports increased numbers of drug arrests on the highway since December 2010. The section of highway, according to the office, is a major cut-through road for drugs and drug currency moving through the state.

2007 murder case trial date set

October 10, 2011

A four-year-old Catawba County murder case will go to trial in January, court officials decided Monday.

John Lee Mitchell, the man accused of killing 19-year-old Bunker Hill graduate Travis Baker more than four years ago, will face trial the week of Jan. 16, 2012, Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts said.

Mitchell has been in jail since police arrested him in June 2009, days after investigators discovered Baker’s remains on a 100-acre property near Catawba.

October 7th

Cooking, electrical safety focus of Fire Prevention Week

October 7, 2011

You’re cooking noodles on the stovetop, and the water is about to boil.

The TV is on, the laundry is going and your Facebook is updating non-stop. The dog scratches at the door, the phone rings three times and your kids are playing outside.

You walk away from the stove for five minutes.

The next thing you know, the kitchen is ablaze. The fire spreads quickly to the living room and then engulfs the staircase. Pretty soon, an active fire is shooting through the roof.

Big splash?

October 7, 2011

After Newton invested $127,850 in its municipal pool, the facility garnered $7,331 in revenue during summer 2011.

"I don't think it is as much about the money as it is about providing a service for the citizens of Newton," said Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman.

Super safety

October 7, 2011

Before the sun topped the trees Friday morning, Barry Redmond directed traffic in front of Newton-Conover High School.

Redmond is superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools.

"Bottom line, it's a safety concern out here," he said. "This is my volunteer thing. I really do it because I don't want my staff to be out here. It's a bit dangerous."

Jobs cut in Newton, Conover

October 7, 2011

A sportswear company will eliminate about 70 jobs in Newton and Conover by the end of the year as it shifts operations to other cities.

Canada-based Gildan Activewear Inc., purchased sock-maker GoldToeMoretz in April. GoldToeMoretz employs about 300 people in Newton, where the brand is based, and Conover.

"As part of integration of the companies, we're continuing to look at operations," said Chuck Ward, vice president of integration for Gildan. "We currently operate in multiple distribution centers, one in Newton, one in Conover, a facility in Mebane and a facility in Charleston, S.C."

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