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June 16th, 2011
As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidtâs fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterianâs Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.
Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.
âYou got to have patience,â he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. âYou just have to wait.â
But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.
Newton's downtown water tank has a fresh coat of paint and logo, but while it improves the appearance of the 63-year-old tank, it isn't exactly what city leaders had in mind.
"The tank was supposed to be restored to what it was before the rust and the paint started flaking off," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
However, when Clark and others living and working near the city's downtown saw the tank's new logo last week, something was not quite right about the "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" red and blue graphic.
"It is positioned wrong on both sides," Clark said.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) â A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.
The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.
The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.
The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.
A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.
Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.
Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.
Ransom is a dog â a big, white dog.
At first glance, the 5-year-old lab mix is just another mutt â another one of the many homeless animals at the Catawba County Humane Society.
But watch him for a minute, and his true personality may surface.
On Wednesday, Ransom sprawled, spun, splashed and scurried around the humane societyâs new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facilityâs pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane societyâs community outreach leader.
North Carolina's 2011-12 budget will take away about $11 million from Catawba County's three school systems, creating a fearful future for school officials and area children.
"This budget sets us on a road to bankruptcy," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
Budget cuts in public education spending will take a total of $4.7 million from Catawba County's three school systems. Discretionary funds from school systems also have to be paid back to the state, which makes the number climb to $10.9 million lost in public funding.
A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary schoolâs staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.
The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.
As the children of librarians, Carmen Winstead and Meredith Gladden aren't strangers to reading or to books.
"When we were growing up, we had a lot of books to read," Winstead said.
Not every young person in Catawba County is as fortunate.
That's why the two rising seniors at Fred T. Foard High School wanted to help spread reading and books to other young people. They orchestrated a book drive at Blackburn Elementary School that collected 2,948 youth and children's books.
The North Carolina General Assembly agreed Monday to make it illegal to dismember a body to conceal a crime.
The new law was initiated by the local district attorneyâs office and will re-word an existing law to make dismembering a corpse to conceal a crime a Class C felony.
State representatives Mark Hilton and Tim Moore drafted the bill that has roots in the Zahra Baker case.
Baker is the 10-year-old Hickory girl who was originally reported missing Oct. 9. After her remains were found nearly a month later, Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, was charged with second-degree murder.
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.