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July 19th, 2011
An outside driver's education business will operate Catawba County Schools' program starting in the 2011-12 school year to avoid charging students a fee.
After the N.C. General Assembly allocated CCS $198 per child for driver's education, the Board of Education faced two options â€” charge students $45 to keep the program in-house or enter into an agreement with an outside driver's education program to teach students to drive.
"The way the bill is written, it's made our options very limited," CCS board member Sherry Butler said of legislation's binding CCS driver's education allotment.
"Love what you do, do what you love" was Nina Leavitt Watkins' favorite quote, and that's what she lived by.
Watkins was a wife, mother and daughter, who, at 27, lost her life after only five months of marriage and being a mother to a 9-year-old girl.
"She was very sweet, nice, caring and easy to get along with," said Sharon Rashidi, owner of The Perfect Workout where Watkins frequently exercised. "Everyone liked her."
The Newton Fire Department is now conducting annual fire hydrant flowing and testing in the cityâ€™s northeast quadrant (north of â€śAâ€ť Street and east of Main Avenue). The testing is expected to continue for the next several weeks.
Residents in this area may experience water discoloration because of disturbance of minerals inside the underground water lines. If discoloration occurs, citizens should allow water to run from the faucet for several minutes.
Newton homeowners were shaken up Monday after a woman drove her car into the side of their home off N.C. 10 West.Â
Samantha Cranford was driving in the eastbound lane of N.C. 10 on Monday when her car ran across traffic, through a telephone pole and into the side of Jamie Taylor's home at 2584 N.C. 10 West.
No one was injured in the incident, but Taylor and her family were "shook up" from the impact to their home.
On Walmartâ€™s website, an e-shopper can scroll their â€śshopping cartâ€ť through an endless array of electronic aisles with a simple click of the mouse. The website is not partial, offering the super storeâ€™s entire stock. They even sell specialty products that canâ€™t be bought in stores.
Customers shop. Pick. Buy. And after a few days, a product arrives on their doorstep.
Walmart and most other department stores didnâ€™t have a retail website 12 years ago. Â Â
The last collection barrel for the Stuff the Bus school supply drive was put in place Monday to kick off the annual donation program.
About 14 collection sites are scattered throughout Catawba County for donors to give paper, pens and other school necessities to children in need of materials.
The Stuff the Bus drive and its donors has given school supplies for about 10 years.
RALEIGH â€” North Carolina cannot limit enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program for at-risk children that saw its budget reduced by the General Assembly, the judge overseeing a long-running education-opportunity lawsuit ordered Monday.
It's not clear whether the order by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. could force the Legislature to redo part of the $19.7 billion state budget that took effect this month. Manning said only that he's confident the state will live up to its constitutional duties to afford every child a good, basic education.
Most filing for the 2011 Catawba County Municipal Elections is complete, and several council races have a host of competitors.
The Conover City Council race has three seats open for election, but eight candidates declared for the race. In addition to all three incumbents up for re-election, the filers include a past Conover mayor and current school board member.
Former Conover Mayor Bruce Eckard declared Friday that he would run for city council. Eckard lost to current Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. in the mayoral election of 2009.
He has been out of city government since.
North Carolina State Trooper K.E. Travis investigates a car wreck scene at the intersection of Startown Road and Kings Grant Drive in Newton.
Travis said an unidentified driver was traveling south on Startown Road when he probably fell asleep at the wheel and ran his car off the road.
The car flipped upside down and landed on the right shoulder.
The driver was trapped momentarily before emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The driver was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in stable condition.
The Maiden man accused of killing and depriving numerous beagle dogs pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
Billy Roy Hewitt, 63, of Maiden, will pay a $100 fine and $1,000 restitution fee to Catawba County after pleading guilty to â€świllfully and intentionallyâ€ť killing three dogs and depriving two others.
In March, animal control officers served a search warrant at Hewittâ€™s home after neighbors reported foul smells and dead dogs in the Maiden manâ€™s yard. Officers reported finding about 100 dog carcasses on Hewittâ€™s property during the search.