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June 2nd, 2011

Students Promote Dangers of Distracted Driving

June 2, 2011

Four Maiden High School students were treated to an afternoon of limousine rides and Olive Garden cuisine instead of study sessions and school lunches. 

Seniors Rebecca Gates and Matt Ellis, along with juniors John Kirby and Taylor Abshire, weren’t skipping class to enjoy their afternoon out; they were being rewarded for winning first place in the Distracted Driving Video Contest.

June 1st

County officials meet in public sessions

June 1, 2011

Catawba County Commissioners met Tuesday in public sessions to iron out a 2011-12 budget.

Catawba County officials are considering eliminating fire alarm mutual aid funding to the 14 fire departments in the county. The funding, about $2,400 to each department annually, has been around for 40 years and has "no history," said County Manager Tom Lundy.

A public hearing is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m. in the 1924 Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.

Local firefighters respond to Hudson explosion

June 1, 2011

When multiple explosions triggered a raging fire at a chemical storage facility in Hudson on Saturday, Caldwell County called out for help.

Caldwell firefighters were battling a blaze that was out of control at the RPM Wood Finishes Group plant, so they put out a call to Catawba County firefighters for additional personnel.

In less than an hour, more than 50 Catawba County firefighters and 10 apparatuses were headed to Hudson to assist.

May 31st

No school merger in Catawba County

May 31, 2011

Catawba County's school systems are safe from a consolidation — at least for the 2011-12 budget year.

The Senate's proposed budget will fund the state's 115 school systems, which includes counties with more than one school district.

Sen. Austin Allran said the proposal to fund one school system per county was removed from the Senate's plan last week with bipartisan support. However, Allran said the state will have to take a $13 million cut in another area of its budget.

Dentist closes clinic

May 31, 2011

A Conover dentist previously charged with Medicaid fraud closed her clinic doors and left Catawba County.

Dr. Letitia Ballance operated Carolina West Dental in Conover. In a letter dated April 11, Ballance informed her patients she was no longer going to operate in Catawba County after April 15. In the letter, Ballance said the business' closing is "a result of the continued struggling economy."

Ballance did not return phone calls to The O-N-E seeking comment.
However, Ballance's dental clinic closing brings satisfaction to at least one county resident.

May 30th

City dedicates wall for veterans

May 30, 2011

As the May heat scorched about Claremont City Park, Chester E. Deal just smiled.

The crowd of 100 or so area citizens was quickly leaving the annual Memorial Day ceremony to escape the 90-degree heat, but Deal and his family lingered around to take a few photos.

Deal, 92, who now uses a wheelchair to get around, looked over at a large stone wall next to the Veterans Memorial at the city park and read "Chester Ellis Deal — Merchant Marines."

He looked at his family and smiled, knowing that his service to the country will forever be etched in stone.

May 29th

Remembering freedom's cost

May 29, 2011

Freedom comes at a cost. The American Legion Post 48 remembered the men and women Sunday who helped bring freedom to the nation.
With the sounds of a jet flying over a crowd of about 75 people, veterans and community members looked up with one thing in mind – remembrance of those sounds during a time of war when many lives were lost so Americans can live freely. These sounds and memories define Memorial Day.

Navy 'buddies' reunite

May 29, 2011

Reggie York and John Lesjack hadn’t seen each other in more than 50 years.
The old Navy buddies, separated on different sides of the country nearly half their lives, now sat with only a table between them at the Artist’s Café in Newton.
It was a long-awaited reunion, but the two friends joked like they had saw each other yesterday.
“I’ve tried to write you, but only get responses from your wife and son,” Lesjack said.
“What do you mean?” York replied.

Students becoming soldiers

May 29, 2011

For most graduating seniors, the anticipation of finishing high school comes with the excitement of beach trips in the summer and starting college in the fall. For others, a much different feeling of anticipation is brewing. Trading in their flip-flops for combat boots, many local teenagers are making the decision to commit the next few years of their life to their nation rather than to themselves.
 

Newton hears funding requests

May 29, 2011

Newton organizations, such as Green Room Community Theatre, Newton Depot Authority, the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority and others, asked the city for almost $975,000 in special appropriations in the year ahead.
However, a budget plan unveiled this month by Newton City Manager Todd Clark comes up $112,000 short of requested funding levels and leaves many of those organizations with no city financial support in the year ahead.

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