Archive - Feb 24, 2012 - News Article
Catawba County Schools officials say relocating Banoak Elementary School will solve a host of pending issues in the Foard area.
They say by relocating the school to a nearby vicinity, CCS can ease overcrowding problems at Mountain View and Blackburn elementary schools, and remove students from a current Banoak building in desperate need of improvements.
However, the relocation could cause the current Banoak School to be no more â€” something surrounding residents have something to say about.
Officials have suspended an elementary school student for 10 days after a teacher found a BB gun in his backpack this week.
Police said the student showed the BB gun pistol to one of his friends Wednesday morning at Clyde Campbell Elementary School in Hickory. His friend alerted a teacher.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the BB gun was inoperable, adding that the student did not threaten anyone and did not have any BBs.
Catawba County Schools officials suspended the student for 10 days.
Newton is crawling with cats.
A booming population of what appears to be feral felines is causing problems and it has city leaders looking for solutions.
"Staff and citizens have observed a large number of feral cats throughout the city. As a result, animal control has captured a number of cats that were apparently homeless," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark. "The city of Newton is doing what is in the best interests of our citizens to protect their health, safety and welfare."
A pottery and soup fundraiser Saturday will help fill the stomachs of hungry citizens in Catawba County.
St. Stephens High School will host the sixth annual Empty Bowls event in its cafeteria from 5-8 p.m.
For $15, guests get a handmade pottery bowl, gourmet soup from local restaurants, homemade yeast rolls, dessert and a drink.
All proceeds will benefit The Corner Table in Newton and the Hickory Soup Kitchen.
During the event, students will perform monologues and songs for entertainment.
Robert "Bob" Thomas, who served three terms as district 25 attorney, died this week at his Hickory home.
He was 82.
Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force and worked 23 years as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
From 1982-94, he served as district attorney in North Carolina's 25th district, which includes Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties.
Sean McGinnis, current assistant district attorney, said Thomas hired him in December 1993.
Catawba Countyâ€™s Justice Center was a busy place Thursday, and The Observer News Enterprise is delivering all the details in the Friday print an online editions.
Michael Anderson was sentenced to at least 16 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his roommate last year. The 20-year-oldâ€™s guilty plea comes after he shot and killed Stephen Starr and mutilated the manâ€™s body with an ax.
Another killer received a life jail sentence for pleading guilty to killing a 26-year-old woman in a Hickory mobile home park in 2006.