Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
A Hickory woman accused of killing a father and son riding a motorcycle was indicted on charges of second-degree murder.
A grand jury handed up the indictment against Amie Jo Skeens this month.
Investigators say Skeens crashed into two motorcycles last October, killing 19-year-old Kevin Moody and his father, 42-year-old Stephen Moody. The men were together on one motorcycle; two other people were injured.
Police say Skeens drove away but was later arrested. Court documents state she initially denied being behind the wheel, saying "crackhead zombies" were driving the van instead.
Science lessons at Maiden Elementary delivered space to students during â€śMars Madnessâ€ť this week. Get more details and see pictures of students space adventure in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E.
Senior citizens are playing volleyball and staying active in other ways during Seniors Morning Out.
Volunteers and supplies are sought for â€śOperation Stand Downâ€ť to benefit homeless military veterans. Find out how to help in The O-N-E.
A Maiden Elementary School classroom went live on Wednesday with the Discovery Channel.
Students in Aleshia Abernathyâ€™s fourth-grade class all participated in a live episode of Discovery Educationâ€™s Seasonal Science Stream that is broadcast to more than 30 classrooms throughout the nation and around the globe.
The monthly stream is sent out live to classrooms as an educational aid that aims to blend interactive, hands-on activities with digital, pre-recorded slides, said Brad Fountain, director of instructional implementation for Discovery Education.
Under the arched roof of First Presbyterian Church on Main Avenue, a group of Newton seniors bounced around a large yellow balloon.
It was a game of improvised volleyball â€” one of the many good-fun competitions and activities that some Seniors Morning Out (SMO) members participate in five days a week.
On Wednesday, Newton SMO coordinator Robin Curtis tossed the balloon into the group, and they slapped it around a bit. Some of the seniors floated the â€śvolleyballâ€ť up into the air, but most rocketed the balloon across the room, smacking one another in the face.
Thieves stole 950 pennies Monday night from a convenience store in Catawba.
Police say unidentified suspects broke into the Bunker Hill Exxon in Catawba and stole $9.50 worth of pennies. The thieves did not steal anything else, according to a Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s Office incident report.
The crooks cut a telephone line, damaged an alarm box and broke an exterior glass window for the $10 heist.
The incident is under further investigation, according to the report.
Other incidents reported in Catawba County include:
Donations of time, money and supplies are needed for an April event that will provide a variety of care for the region's homeless veterans.
Veteran organizations, medical personnel, social service representatives and community leaders from the Hickory area will hold a â€śStand Downâ€ť event to provide services for homeless veterans, needy veterans and any other community members in need of help April 20.
Catawba County government approved almost $300,000 for repairs at schools in the Newton-Conover and Hickory Public school systems. One project will replace HVAC systems at Shuford Elementary, while another will repair a sinkhole near the baseball complex at Hickory High.
In other education news, the team of spellers from South Newton Elementary won the sixth annual Red Hot Spelling Bee presented by The Observer News Enterprise. The fun night of team-spelling raised funds for Newton-Conover Education Foundation.
A group of south Newton educators constructed a spelling bee win Tuesday night. They also built support for local education programs in the process.
South Newton Elementary School's "Under Construction" team won the Newton-Conover Education Foundation's (NCEF) annual Red Hot Spelling Bee, out-spelling a variety of school, business and civic-organization teams from across the community.
The event supports education programs in the Newton-Conover community.
This photo of Allen Hang eating a MoonPie is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Hang and other Catawba Valley Community College students participated in a MoonPie-eating challenge on March 14 to celebrate Pi Day.
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School superintendents can rest easier after county commissioners say they intend to fund multiple construction projects for facilities in desperate need of repair.
On Monday night, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners approved two â€śletters of intentâ€ť for funding for Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools.
The letters of intent assure the school systems they will receive funding for the projects, even before the countyâ€™s 2012-13 fiscal year budget is finalized.