Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
Catawba County Schools (CCS) will have a new calendar next year that will shorten teacher and student summers by nearly two weeks.
Some of the system's teachers say they donâ€™t mind the change and are praising the â€śearly-startâ€ť calendar thatâ€™s more similar to schedules used in previous years.
The CCS Board of Education unanimously approved a new 185-day calendar this week that will start teachers Aug. 2 and students Aug. 7 for the 2012-13 school year. The last day of student classes will be May 23, 2013.
Students must behave to stay in school and graduate.
In Catawba County, overall student behavior is improving, but additional work must be done to keep more students in the classroom until graduation, school leaders said Thursday.
N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released state and district statistics on crime and violence incidents, suspensions and expulsions, and dropout rates for the 2010-11 school year.
Work to replace the N.C. 16 bridge over Interstate 40 in Conover may begin as early as Feb. 27.
N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a $3.1 million contract to replace the bridge to Blythe Development Co., of Charlotte.
Work to replace the old bridge in its existing location is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.
All lanes of I-40 will remain open during construction, except during short periods of time at night when new girders are set.
The bridge was built in 1957, and transportation officials have deemed it both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.
Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawny Phil saw shadows this morning, and heâ€™s predicting six more weeks of winter.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com for more about his prediction and the 126-year tradition started by The O-N-Eâ€™s sister newspaper, The Punxsutawney Spirit.
Claremont leaders are planning for continued growth in the city. Read more about their strategic plan in The O-N-Eâ€™s print and online editions.
Newton is delivering severe weather waring devices to city residents.
Bucâ€™s Cupboard offers free snacks to Catawba Valley Community College students.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his oak stump in central Pennsylvania this morning to find shadows awaiting him.
The result of the 126th annual Groundhog Day tradition predicts six more weeks of winter. Although since winter has been unusually mild in western North Carolina, that might not be such a bad thing.
The announcement Thursday morning drew groans from more than 18,000 people assembled at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, a city about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh.
After sitting vacant for more than a year, Catawba Valley Community Collegeâ€™s old student bookstore has new life.
Shelves that were recently empty are now filled â€” not with books, but with granola bars, crackers, Rice Krispies Treats, even canned soup and vegetables.
Itâ€™s a snack bar, and the best part is itâ€™s free.
Bucâ€™s Cupboard officially opened on the first floor of CVCCâ€™s Student Services building this week, giving all students access to a food pantry that requires no fees or money from students.
Claremont is moving full steam ahead.
Over the past several years, things have changed in Claremont. After seeing plants and jobs leave the area like the rest of Catawba County, the city has eyed recent successes that it wants to continue in the future.
New businesses like the Claremont Florist, Oâ€™Cup restaurant and Claremont Hardware and Supply, have filled formerly vacant storefronts, and the city's business park is busy with new partners.
New WiFi access downtown and planned updates to existing parks have also connected the community.
Catawba County health officials are still investigating an illness outbreak at a Conover restaurant.
If you ate at Harbor Inn Seafood Jan. 13-22, the countyâ€™s public health department wants to hear from you, whether you were sick or not.
More details in the Wednesday print and online editions of The Observer News Enterprise.
The Corner Table soup kitchen in Newton is marking 10 years of serving hot meals to the communityâ€™s residents.