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MSC gets $300K for Conover Station move

March 2, 2011

Catawba Valley Community College received a $300,000 grant to fund equipment and operations of a center moving to Conover Station.

The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center awarded the grant to CVCC to be used by the Manufacturing Solutions Center. MSC, which is currently housed on CVCC's East Campus, will move to Conover Station in early 2012.

The grant will be used for equipment and operations, according to Dan St. Louis, MSC executive director.

State prepares for adverse weather

March 2, 2011

Winter snow woes were replaced this week with another weather worry — tornadoes.

Severe Weather Awareness week started Sunday, just one day before severe weather swept through Catawba County, downing power lines and trees. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported, according to Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, but active tornado season is just starting.

North Carolinians experienced more tornados in the last three years than in the previous decade, with March, May and November being the deadliest months, according to a press release from Perdue's office.

Health secretary comes to Murray

March 2, 2011

A Bandys High School graduate returned to Catawba County Schools on Wednesday — this time as a member of Gov. Bev Perdue's cabinet.

North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier M. Cansler arrived at Webb A. Murray Elementary School for Read Across America Day, a national program to encourage reading among children.

Cansler spoke with third- and fourth-grade students about state government and read a chapter from a book about multiculturalism in the classroom.

Accused murderer in Broughton

March 2, 2011

The man accused of bludgeoning someone to death was transported to a mental hospital last week after a judge ruled the man incapable of standing trial.

Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was taken to Broughton Hospital in Morganton, according to a motion filed Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court. Scherzer is charged with murdering Roland Simmons, 70, at Hickory's Walden House Assisted Living Center.

A representative from the Catawba County Detention Center transported Scherzer to Broughton Hospital shortly before 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

NCEF spelling bee is 'Red Hot'

March 2, 2011

Teams don’t need a comprehensive knowledge of vowel sounds and consonant clusters to win Newton-Conover Education Foundation’s annual “Red Hot Spelling Bee.”

In fact, spelling sleuths on the four-person teams don’t even need to know how to spell.

“Just bring a fat check book,” said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond, “and be ready to write plenty of checks.”

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