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November 5th, 2010
Jacobs Fork Middle School students itching to climb behind the wheel of a car learn how a build a skeletal vehicle years before they are eligible for a license.
They use miniature gears, wheels and belts to construct working models of car transmissions during automation and robotics class.
The class is part of Jacobs Fork Middle's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, which promotes hands-on learning for professional success beyond the classroom.
A recent string of crime in Sherrills Ford could be the work of several people.
At least four boat batteries were stolen since Oct. 22 from boats kept in the Sherrills Ford area. Several homes were also broken into, resulting in more than $6,800 of property stolen or damaged.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid said the battery thefts are likely the work of one person, and several other people are possibly responsible for the home break-ins.
Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election increased from the last midterm election four years ago.
About 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm election, which increased from 36 percent in the 2006 midterm election.
"There was a lot of interest in this election, so that helped turnout," said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director. "I thought it went very well."
Voters cast 41,686 ballots in the election, which is 40.47 percent of the county's 103,003 registered voters.
A Tuttle Elementary School student collected more than 4,000 clothing items in three weeks to benefit underprivileged children in Haiti.
Samuel Owensby, 9, discovered impoverished children in the earthquake-ravaged country needed clothes, and he wasn't content until he came up with a plan to make a difference.
"I just really wanted to help out," Samuel said.
Police recovered a bone Wednesday in Caldwell County that could shed light on what happened to Zahra Baker.
Police wouldn't comment on what kind of bone was found or where in Caldwell County the bone was located.
According to the Hickory Police Department, the bone will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for further testing. If the medical examiner's results determine the bone is involved in the case, the bone will be sent to the State Bureau of Investigation for additional testing.
Forty percent of Catawba Countyâ€™s registered voters made their way to the polls Tuesday.
For a non-presidential election, Board of Election officials said during the early voting period, this election is going well.
From 103,003 registered county voters, 41,686 residents voted Tuesday.
The largest amount of votes, ranging from 40-50 percent, came from the Lake Norman, Sherrills Ford, Balls Creek, East Maiden, South Newton, West Newton, Conover East, Claremont, Startown, Mountain View, Banoak, Oakland Heights, Viewmont, Falling Creek and St. Stephens precincts.
U.S. House of Representatives -- District 10
Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry appears to have defeated Democrat challenger Jeff Gregory. McHenry received 71.65 percent and Gregory received 28.35 percent of the more than 174,000 votes cast in the election. District 10 includes Burke County, which didn't finish reporting results before press time
N.C. House of Representatives -- District 88
Democrat David Munday lost to Republican Mark W. Hollo. Hollo won the race by 6,057 votes.
N.C. Senate -- District 42
Incumbent Austin Allran ran unopposed for the seat.
The newly elected Catawba County Board of Commissioners won't appear any differently than it has during the board's last two meetings.
Republican incumbents Kitty Barnes, Lynn Lail and Randy Isenhower won seats on the board, outing Democrat challengers Carolyn Jones Connor and Crystal D. Smith.
Isenhower, who was appointed to serve on the board last month, was the top vote-getter of the night, receiving 28 percent of the votes.
"I appreciate everyone who voted for me tonight, and I look forward to serving Catawba County," Isenhower said.
It was a tight race for the Catawba County Schools Board of Education, but two incumbents held on to their seats, while voters chose two new board members.
Incumbents Charlie Wyant and Sherry Butler will remain on the Board of Education for another four years.
Wyant, who served on the board for almost 20 years, said this year's campaign was one of the toughest yet.
"It's been good and educational," Wyant said of the election campaign. "I'm pleasantly surprised. Naturally, I'm happy about it. I felt like it would be a close race, but I had no idea that I might be at the top."
Incumbent Jay Gaither will continue serving Catawba County residents as District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District.
Gaither nabbed 60.68 percent of the almost 75,000 votes cast in Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties as of press time Tuesday. Democrat challenger Jason Parker received 33.29 percent of votes, and Libertarian T.J. Rohr received 6 percent.
"(The victory) feels like a victory for the District Attorney's Office," Gaither said. "Being elected by this district is very gratifying."
Parker declined to comment about Tuesday's election results.