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May 26th

Local school vies for $25,000

May 26, 2011

The kids at Webb A. Murray Elementary School are popping open Pepsis and crossing their fingers in hopes of winning thousands of dollars in much-needed musical instruments.

Since one “passionate” music teacher entered Murray Elementary in the Pepsi Refresh Everything competition in April, students and teachers alike have been sipping Pepsis and voting online daily for the school to win $25,000 in drums, guitars and recorders.

May 25th

School uses Thermo Compactors

May 25, 2011

Flip it. Smack it. Stack it.

That’s the phrase helping Balls Creek Elementary School students use a new waste disposal system that melts trash, reduces costs and cuts down on labor.

The Thermo Compactor machine has been at Balls Creek for two weeks, and
school officials are raving about the benefits of the product.

“The students have accepted it very well, and it has lightened our trash because we don’t have the same amount of garbage,” said cafeteria manager Joyce Fowler. “It’s been very easy to operate.”

The thermo-compaction process is fairly simple.

County to cut mutual aid fire funding, despite needs

May 25, 2011

Catawba County plans to cut payments to its 14 fire departments next year, but county officials say its unclear why the funds are appropriated annually anyway.

The county will cut alarm payments for fire districts to provide interdepartmental mutual aid — funding that county manager Tom Lundy said has "no history" because it was set up 40 years ago.

"It's been around for years and has been in the budget, but there's no one still around who created it," Lundy said.

Senate budget threatens NCCS, HPS

May 25, 2011

The N.C. House of Representatives' budget funds three school systems in Catawba County. However, a proposal to fund one school system per county is part of an N.C. Senate plan that could seriously impact Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.

"I'm totally against (funding one school system per county)," said Sen. Austin Allran. "I've always opposed that funding provision."

Allran said a proposal to fund only one school system per county comes up "every year" during the budget process. And each year, Allran said he's opposed it.

Free compost, mulch for Newton residents

May 25, 2011

The city of Newton has a limited amount of compost and mulch that is being offered to Newton residents free of charge.

Citizens may pick up the compost and/or mulch at the city’s facility on Boston Road (off N.C. 10 West) on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call the city of Newton Sanitation Division at (828) 695-4294.

May 24th

Rotary salutes character, integrity

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotarians presented the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award on Tuesday night, and just like the annual award's namesake, this year's recipient is a club member "exemplifying nobility of character and personal integrity."

Newton-native, World War II veteran and career contractor Glenn E. Yount was presented with the "Dr. Mac" award during Newton-Conover Rotary Club's annual Rotary Night at Catawba Country Club. Yount, 94, has been a Rotarian for 26 years, is the club's senior member and attends club meetings regularly.

Wolfe recieves Rotary's top honor

May 24, 2011

Newton-Conover Rotary Club presented its highest honor to one of Catawba County's most distinguished bankers leading the county's only locally owned bank.

"The man who has been selected is an individual who exhibits serious and quiet dignity and the business-like demeanor we have come to associate with leaders in the banking community," said N-C Rotarian B. Stuart Terry, the club's vocational service award committee chair. "At the same time, he has extended himself beyond the boundaries of his profession to assume challenges of citizenship in worthwhile community endeavors."

Car drives through Little Pigs

May 24, 2011

Lunch never came for customers at Little Pigs Barbecue on Tuesday after a woman drove her car through the building's exterior brick walls.

"I'd thought a bomb had gone off," said Esther Martin, 78, of Newton, who was waiting on a hot dog and iced tea when the car came barreling through the building. "I didn't even get to eat lunch."

New school schedule hits Maiden district

May 24, 2011

Parents, students and faculty in the Maiden Feeder District will have a new school schedule starting in August.

Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved a revised start and end time schedule. The new schedule will affect Maiden, Tuttle and Startown elementary schools, Maiden Middle School and Maiden High School.

Startown Elementary Principal Barbara Bell presented a proposal to board members Monday on behalf of the feeder district to change the start and end times for each school. The time change affects vary at each school from 5 minutes lost to a 20-minute difference.

NASCAR inducts second hall of fame class

May 24, 2011

CHARLOTTE (AP) — There was shock, maybe even outrage, when David Pearson didn't make the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

If Pearson felt slighted, he never said.

Pearson made the wait worth it Monday night, headlining the inauguration of the five-member second class. As he did last year, when he was passed over for induction, Pearson called on the voting panel to elect NASCAR's pioneers before anyone else.

"I'm being honest, none of us should be in it," Pearson said, throwing his support behind the likes of Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks and Ray Fox.

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