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July 18th, 2011
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.
Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.
As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.
An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.
Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.
One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.
Despite reports that the new N.C. 16 would be completed within days, the bypass may not be finished for at least two more weeks, transportation officials said Thursday.
Construction crews have been working on the bypass since 2008. The new highway will decrease travel time to Charlotte and runs from south of Tower Road in Denver to Gaston County.
Most of the construction to the bypass is finished, but work to new stop lights is holding up the projectâ€™s completion, said NCDOT Resident Engineer Lex Garey.
Elisa Bakerâ€™s chains and shackles rattled as she shuffled into Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.
The woman, accused of the 2010 murder of her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter, did not speak as her judge, defense attorney and state prosecution discussed an arraignment and possible change of venue for her case.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid set Bakerâ€™s arraignment for September, but said he will first hear a motion Aug. 1 about moving the trial because of publicity surrounding the case.