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January 17th, 2011

Dreams abound at MLK celebration

January 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the enduring words, "I have a dream," more than 40 years ago.

But for a group of men, women and children gathered Monday at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton, those words are as applicable today as they were when first spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Catawba County Branch of the NAACP held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday to commemorate King and his dream and how to make that dream a reality. Monday marked 25 years since the celebration became a federal holiday.

Board to consider school projects

January 17, 2011

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider several repair and improvement projects at area schools at its meeting today.

These requests for approval include a funding-transfer request for Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), a classroom-addition project at Webb A. Murray Elementary School and a cafeteria renovation at St. Stephens High School.

Funding for school projects and the debt associated with those projects comes from various sources in the school systems, such as federal stimulus dollars and lottery funding.

Crash sends 3 teens to hospital

January 17, 2011

A two-car collision between a SUV and a sedan Friday in Newton sent three teens to the hospital.

A 2004 Honda and a 2003 Hummer were traveling northbound on Northwest Boulevard about 3 p.m. The Honda, driven by Kayla Michelle Newsome, 17, of Newton, was in the left northbound lane. The Hummer, driven by Claude A. McPherson, 47, of Newton, was in the right northbound lane. Both vehicles were traveling 45 mph, which is the posted speed limit on Northwest Boulevard.

January 14th

Test-review time

January 14, 2011

After a lengthy break from school, area high school students have at least one day to review and prepare for their end-of-course tests.
Students in Newton-Conover City Schools are scheduled to attend school Saturday with an early release time, and Monday and Tuesday are regular instruction days. David Stegall, NCCS associate superintendent, said those days will be used to review and prepare for students' EOC exams, which start Wednesday.

Picky thieves target Conover cars

January 14, 2011

A two-week larceny string in Conover continues as thieves snatch valuables from unlocked vehicles.
The larcenies started in early January and occurred mostly in the southeast and northeast quadrants of the city.
The latest incident reports from Conover reveal the larcenies continued through Thursday, when at least six reports were filed. Brewer thinks the same people are responsible for all larcenies.
"We've had some past experience with these people," Brewer said.
The first string of larcenies was reported Jan. 3, and a second string happened Jan. 14-16.

Crash flips car

January 14, 2011

Several people were injured Friday after a crash on Northwest Boulevard in Newton left one vehicle flipped upside-down.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. in front of the old Harris Teeter building.
Newton Police officers confirmed more than one person involved in the crash was transported to the hospital, but victims' names weren't released on the scene.
One car involved in the crash, a Honda Civic, was flipped on its front windshield, scattering glass yards away from the point of impact.

January 13th

Snow causes calendar dilemma

January 13, 2011

Area students enjoyed an extended break from school this week because of icy conditions in the county.
For some students, that break keeps growing.
Catawba County Schools and Hickory City Schools canceled classes for Friday.
CCS staff have an optional teacher workday, and staff members are asked to use discretion when arriving at school Friday. HCS staff have an optional teacher workday Friday on a two-hour delay.
School officials are now faced with the task of scheduling those makeup days into an already packed school calendar.

There is 'Room at the Inn'

January 13, 2011

Snow continues to melt in Catawba County.

But every night, as the sun sinks down and the cold sets in, there are people who have nowhere to go.

These homeless men and women face potentially life-threatening temperatures when they spend the night exposed to the elements, and that's a problem one Newton church won't let continue.

First Presbyterian Church, on North Main Avenue, offers its Room at the Inn program for people who don't have a warm, safe place to spend the night.

Storytime goes online

January 13, 2011

When most people think of storytime, they think of children sitting cross-legged in a circle, watching excitedly as an adult reads a book.

Storytime still works that way at Catawba County libraries, but with the help of grant funding, the system will put a 21st century spin on an old favorite.

The Catawba County Library System received a $300 mini-grant from the state Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office to help the system's storytime programs go digital.

Thieves steal drugs, cash

January 13, 2011

Unknown suspects stole medicine and money from a Newton pharmacy.

An employee at The Medicap Pharmacy, located at 401 W. A St., arrived at work Wednesday to find the store was broken into and property was missing.

Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough said the incident occurred some time late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The damage was reported at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, and the business was last secure at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.

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