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June 17th, 2011
Applications now being accepted for annual Reunion Week pageants.
As plans get under way for the 122nd annual Soldiers Reunion, registration has begun for contestants in the five Miss Reunion beauty pageants â€“ the forerunner of Catawba Countyâ€™s major patriotic festival. And to commemorate the milestone year for Newton's Soldiers Reunion, this year's pageant will include cash prizes.
The Miss Reunion title will be bestowed on area girls and young women during a series of three evenings of competition, which precede the August Reunion Week activities in the county seat city.
Several citizens voiced concern Thursday about a Catawba County development plan that will prompt more industrial business in rural and residential areas.
County planners unveiled new plans for the Eco-Tech Development initiative Thursday evening that will seek to expand upon the â€śnoticeable activityâ€ť around the U.S. 321 corridor. That noticeable activity refers to the Target Distribution Center, Apple Data Center and County Eco-Complex all constructed around the U.S. 321 corridor within the last five years.
As Gene and Marty Rice toured Ms. Schmidtâ€™s fourth-grade class around Northminster Presbyterianâ€™s Community Garden, the students wanted to know where the watermelons were at.
Looking over at the barely-sprouted plants, Gene chuckled.
â€śYou got to have patience,â€ť he said to the Jenkins Elementary School students. â€śYou just have to wait.â€ť
But the children did not have to wait long, as they were treated to fresh North Carolina watermelon when they returned to their classroom.
Newton's downtown water tank has a fresh coat of paint and logo, but while it improves the appearance of the 63-year-old tank, it isn't exactly what city leaders had in mind.
"The tank was supposed to be restored to what it was before the rust and the paint started flaking off," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark.
However, when Clark and others living and working near the city's downtown saw the tank's new logo last week, something was not quite right about the "Newton, the heart of Catawba County" red and blue graphic.
"It is positioned wrong on both sides," Clark said.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) â€” A Conover man was killed when he was involved in a head on collision Wednesday. His passenger, also of Conover, is hospitalized.
The Washington State Patrol says the driver of a semi-truck lost control due to a medical issue, causing a fatal crash Wednesday on Interstate 82 near Kennewick.
The Tri-City Herald reports the truck crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car.
The car driver, 60-year-old Lawrence Volker of Conover, N.C., died at the scene. His passenger, 59-year-old Brenda Volker of Conover, was flown to a hospital in Kennewick.
A man drove his pickup truck and attached trailer off a 50-foot embankment Wednesday after he was forced off the road by stalled traffic.
Scott Butler, of Conover, was driving North on Highway 16 at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he slammed on the breaks to avoid colliding with stalled traffic up ahead.
Butler said he pulled to the left and continued into the grass until the truck went down the embankment. Butler was pulling his Hot Shots pressure washing equipment.
Ransom is a dog â€“ a big, white dog.
At first glance, the 5-year-old lab mix is just another mutt â€” another one of the many homeless animals at the Catawba County Humane Society.
But watch him for a minute, and his true personality may surface.
On Wednesday, Ransom sprawled, spun, splashed and scurried around the humane societyâ€™s new exercise facility that was installed last month. He jumped in and out of the facilityâ€™s pool, pawing the shallow water and splattering H2O all over Cassandra Haecherl, the humane societyâ€™s community outreach leader.
North Carolina's 2011-12 budget will take away about $11 million from Catawba County's three school systems, creating a fearful future for school officials and area children.
"This budget sets us on a road to bankruptcy," said Catawba County Schools Superintendent Glenn Barger.
Budget cuts in public education spending will take a total of $4.7 million from Catawba County's three school systems. Discretionary funds from school systems also have to be paid back to the state, which makes the number climb to $10.9 million lost in public funding.
A new dress code will force many elementary school students to wear uniforms next year.
The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved standard code of dress policy Monday for elementary school students to go into effect next school year. The board did not vote on a particular uniform, but rather approved an action that will force each elementary schoolâ€™s staff to construct a dress code with input from parents.
The school staff and parents must present the new dress code to the board by Aug. 8.
As the children of librarians, Carmen Winstead and Meredith Gladden aren't strangers to reading or to books.
"When we were growing up, we had a lot of books to read," Winstead said.
Not every young person in Catawba County is as fortunate.
That's why the two rising seniors at Fred T. Foard High School wanted to help spread reading and books to other young people. They orchestrated a book drive at Blackburn Elementary School that collected 2,948 youth and children's books.