Ransom is a dog â€“ a big, white dog.
At first glance, the 5-year-old lab mix is just another mutt â€” another one of the many homeless animals at the Catawba County Humane Society.
But watch him for a minute, and his true personality may surface.
On Wednesday, Ransom sprawled, spun, splashed and scurried around the humane societyâ€™s new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facilityâ€™s pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane societyâ€™s community outreach leader.
North Carolina's 2011-12 budget will take away about $11 million from Catawba County's three school systems, creating a fearful future for school officials and area children.
"This budget sets us on a road to bankruptcy," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
Budget cuts in public education spending will take a total of $4.7 million from Catawba County's three school systems. Discretionary funds from school systems also have to be paid back to the state, which makes the number climb to $10.9 million lost in public funding.
A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary schoolâ€™s staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.
The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.