Archive - Aug 19, 2011 - News Article
Newton-Conover City Schools kicked off the school year a little different this year.
Unlike past years, the Opening Day Celebration for principals, teachers and staff was held in the Old Post Office Playhouse in downtown Newton on Friday â€“ and as the location suggests, there was no lack of drama.
As NCCS Associate Superintendent Dr. David Stegall introduced the Opening Day Celebrationâ€™s guest speaker, a wild-eyed and eccentric woman came barging down the OPOP aisle.
Most area schools will begin classes Aug. 25-26, but some Catawba County students have been hitting the books for weeks. As these particular high school students kick off their 2011-12 year a little earlier than their peers, they will not only be taking high school courses, but collegiate classes as well.
Students at several area â€śearly collegesâ€ť got back into the swing of learning in early August â€“ something school officials says matches the collegiate schedule and has certain benefits.
In the wake of an armed robbery that shocked a south Newton neighborhood, an area pastor is trying to make sure similar crimes are prevented in the future.
"We are starting a neighborhood watch on Tuesday night," said Holy Cross Lutheran Pastor Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick. "We are starting out with the idea of building awareness that if (an armed robbery) can happen to one of our neighbors, it can happen to any of them. This is not just an 'it always happens to someone else' type of problem."
Storms in the Catawba Valley on Thursday forced the temporary closure of one Catawba County park.
Riverbend Park will be closed Friday and Saturday due to damage from a storm Thursday evening, according to officials with Catawba County Parks.
A full survey of the park Friday morning found extensive downed trees, debris and damage in several service areas. Park staff has advised it will take additional time to clean up the damage so the public may safely enjoy the park, according to Catawba County Public Information Officer Dave Hardin.
With every gift, comes responsibility. The American Legionâ€™s state chaplain said Americansâ€™ greatest gift, freedom, brings with it the responsibility of never forgetting the sacrifice that soldiers have made for us over the years.
American Legionâ€™s N.C. Chaplain Randy Cash drew applause and cheers from a Newton crowd to kick off the 122nd Reunion Day on Thursday. Cash, along with Newton Mayor Pro-tem Anne Stedman, spoke to a crowd of about 100 reunion goers about the importance of remembering those who died for America and those who live within its borders.
On the most patriotic day of Newtonâ€™s year, Patricia Gabriel and members of the Catawba County Republican Womenâ€™s Club were proudly showing their colors.
â€śWe need to revive and instill patriotism locally and for our country,â€ť Gabriel said at the groupâ€™s Court Square tent during Reunion Day on Thursday.
And she hopes her contributions to the clubâ€™s fund-raising efforts will do just that, as well as support other worthy causes.