Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
The Newton-Conover School System will cut 14 teacher assistant positions next year to compensate for funding being retracted by the state, school officials announced Monday.
NCCS Superintendent Barry Redmond said the school system must return about $852,000 in discretionary reversion funding to the state and cutting positions is one of the only ways to create that money.
RALEIGH â€” The General Assembly has agreed to make it illegal to dismember a body to hide a possible crime or other evidence of an unnatural death. The move occurred following the death of a 10-year-old girl with disabilities reported missing from her North Carolina home last fall.
The Senate gave final legislative approval Monday night to the measure. The bill now goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.
Despite attendance numbers that were lower than prior years, the executive director of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn is â€śoptimisticâ€ť the tournament will stay in Conover.
â€śAll in all, it went extremely well,â€ť said GHC Executive Director Jim Correll. â€śIt was hotter than what we hoped or expected, but those are things you canâ€™t control.â€ť
Correll said the extreme heat heavily contributed to the lower-than-usual turnout. He added that the missing presence of professional golfers Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer, who both played last year, also added to a smaller turnout.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” President Barack Obama promoted job creation Monday in politically important North Carolina, trying to assure Americans he's focused on their No. 1 concern â€” and his greatest political weakness â€” as his potential GOP presidential opponents prepared to target his economic policies in their first major debate.
The city of Newton swimming pool officially opened Monday and area citizens came out to tan, play and beat the heat.
The pool is scheduled to remain open through Aug. 14.
n the photo, Dylan Carroll,13, of Newton, takes a ride on one of two slides the pool offers.
Public swimming will be available Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $1 for children ages 0-5, $2 for ages 62 and older, $3 for children ages 6-17, and $4 for adults ages 18-61.
Area police leaders say a local initiative to stop violent crimes is seeing positive results.
Since the Catawba County Gang Initiative began last month, none of the participants involved in the program have re-offended.
â€śI consider it a great success because our ultimate goal is to have these folks not re-offend,â€ť said Newton Police Chief Don Brown. â€śIf we donâ€™t hear from them again, and they donâ€™t re-offend, then itâ€™s a success.â€ť
When people think of Dale Jarrett, NASCAR immediately comes to mind.
The former stock car driver and current ESPN broadcaster racked up a long list of trophies throughout his career, including the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and three Daytona 500 trophies. Jarrett, the son of NASCAR legend Ned Jarrett, won an additional 43 times on the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series combined.
But area citizens may soon start associating the Catawba County native with a completely different organization â€” Hospice.
Cathy Keener was in the Mountain View Baptist Church Office when she heard the loudest noise of her life.
â€śIt hit so hard and came and went so fast,â€ť said Keener, the administrative assistant at Mountain View. â€śIt was the loudest thing Iâ€™ve ever heard.â€ť
After hearing the â€śboom,â€ť Keener rushed outside to find Mountain Viewâ€™s 28-foot steeple lying on the ground.
Strong winds ripped through Catawba County on Thursday afternoon, tearing down Mountain Viewâ€™s steeple and knocking over trees throughout the area.
The smooth and laid-back sounds of Sentimental Journey forced Monteen Hooker out of her seat.
The Sherrills Ford native and Seniors Morning Out veteran slowly waltzed and whirled to the center of Bethlehem United Methodist Churchâ€™s Fellowship Hall, not paying any attention to her fellow 75 or so senior citizens sitting at tables in front of her.
To the slow jazz tunes, she danced. She danced and was happy â€” an emotion she said she experiences because of her involvement with the Seniorsâ€™ Morning Out program.
A new Christian church is convening in Newton-Conover Auditorium, and as it does, it combines a comfortable worship with cutting edge technology, while also providing a firmer foundation for the facility and the faithful.
Offering its first services Easter Sunday, The Cove Church established a new Catawba County home in Newton-Conover Auditorium. Guided by a site pastor who shepherds his local flock, the growing regional church offers a relaxed worship setting that connects with a broader community of faith thanks to the power of the Internet.