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March 2nd, 2011

NCEF spelling bee is 'Red Hot'

March 2, 2011

Teams don’t need a comprehensive knowledge of vowel sounds and consonant clusters to win Newton-Conover Education Foundation’s annual “Red Hot Spelling Bee.”

In fact, spelling sleuths on the four-person teams don’t even need to know how to spell.

“Just bring a fat check book,” said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond, “and be ready to write plenty of checks.”

March 1st

ABC News features area company

March 1, 2011

A Newton-based furniture company is getting national recognition for doing what comes naturally — buying and creating locally made products.

Lee Industries is featured on a segment of ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer during a segment called "Made in America" set to air Wednesday night.

"It's because of our long-lasting reputation as being local, family (oriented) and sustainable," said Norman Coley, president of the company that's been part of the Newton community since 1969.

Chair: The board stopped its search

March 1, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education has no intentions of continuing its search for a superintendent for at least three years.

The state legislature's "unknowns" and Glenn Barger's experience led a majority of Catawba County Schools Board of Education to stop its superintendent search and stick with its current leader. The 24 applications received in the superintendent search were shredded or sent back to the North Carolina School Board Association.

Did DSS fail Zahra?

March 1, 2011

Could Zahra's death have been prevented?

That's the question on the minds of Catawba County residents, as well as a state board charged with reviewing child deaths after previous involvement with departments of social services.

"When are we going to make children a priority?" asked Angela Phillips, a former Guardian ad Litem district administrator, who recently retired from the program after 24 years of service.

Look good, feel better

March 1, 2011

Treatments for cancer don't always involve painful injections or reconstructive surgery.

If you ask women involved in the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program, they'll tell you that, sometimes, all it takes for a cancer patient to feel better is a swipe of lipstick and some sparkly earrings.

February 28th

Barger is named superintendent

February 28, 2011

Twenty-four applications and five months later, Catawba County Schools Board of Education named its interim superintendent as its new leader for the next three years.
During a Monday meeting, board members voted 6-1 to hire Glenn Barger as the full-time superintendent until 2014. Board member Sherry Butler cast the dissenting vote.

Woman hides drugs

February 28, 2011

A Lincoln County woman faces drug charges Monday after multiple law enforcement agencies busted a marijuana-growing operation in her home.
Narcotics officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Newton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office arrested Pamela Jean Lingerfelt, 48, at her home Friday. They discovered 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine, $1,900 in cash, several items of drug paraphernalia and 22 grams of marijuana in a hidden growing operation in an outbuilding on the property.

Sword stolen from murder scene

February 28, 2011

The residence that was once the crime of a grisly mutilation was broken into Saturday.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Monday the reported break-in and larceny at 5209 Ruth Drive in Hickory is unrelated to the alleged murder and mutilation of Stephen Starr that occurred at the residence Feb. 14.

Elisa Baker indicted again

February 28, 2011

Additional indictments have been filed against the stepmother of Zahra Baker, this time on unrelated charges in Caldwell County.
A Caldwell County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment for Elisa Annette Baker, 42, on one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. Court records show that on or about April 3, 2010, Elisa “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” did obtain electric utility service from Duke Energy for the family’s Hudson home while using someone else’s name without permission.

Severe weather downs trees, power lines

February 28, 2011

Severe weather swept through Catawba County on Monday afternoon, leaving downed power lines and toppled trees in the storm's wake.

Catawba County's emergency communications center was swapped with calls for service as residents reported power lines in the roadways, fallen trees on houses and even funnel-like clouds in the area.

Catawba County is no longer under a National Weater Service-issued torndao watch, which was canceled for the area about 6:15 p.m. 

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