Archive - Nov 14, 2011 - News Article
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met Monday night in Newton. Following is a short report on the board's actions.
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*The board approved a request for the state to allow the Newton-Conover district to use three of next year's extra five instructional days for teacher development and two of the days for student instruction.
After Newton approved new rules for sidewalk signs downtown last month, area businesses and civic clubs hope city leaders will loosen restrictions on temporary signs announcing fund-raisers, grand-openings or other special sales.
Relaxing city policy on short-term, promotional signs isn't coming easy, however.
Teamwork may pay off big for two area groups.
Blackburn Elementary School and The Newton Depot Authority partnered in the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest, a competition for project grant funding that is solely determined by public votes.
Though competing in separate categories, both groups seek funding for projects they say will enhance their organizations and the community.
Both currently rank just outside the winning parameters on a list of nationwide organizations that will receive funding at the end of the year.
Police are investigating a case of a dead body that was discovered in Maiden on Sunday morning.
Catawba County authorities are awaiting a toxicology report for the body of Joe Paul Brown II, who was found dead on the 2300 block of Withers Road in Maiden.
Authorities responded to a call referencing a dead body on Sunday, and Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brown, who lived in the area, did not have any visible trauma to his body, said Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office Capt. Joel Fish.
A fire destroyed a residential garage near Lookout Shoals Lake on Sunday.
It took six fire departments to put out the blaze at 4290 Stewart Road in Claremont that eventually destroyed the storage garage.
The garage was located behind the residence, and fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
The garage contained trucks, tractors and various equipment that was also damaged in the fire, said Shannon Eckard, a rescue responder with Oxford (Catfish) Fire and Rescue.