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August 16th, 2010
Teachers in Catawba County Schools have a new way to teach math this school year.
The school system will implement a new conceptually based math program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The new programs, Math Expressions and Math Connects, center around conceptual teaching instead of learning only math algorithms.
“It’s based on the way children learn,” said Leslie Barnette, CCS elementary education director. “It’s going to help them make connections with what they already know.”
Public schools provide children with necessary education tools without the tuition costs associated with private schools.
But is a public education really free?
Elementary school supplies
One supply list for Oxford Elementary asks students to purchase six single-subject wire composition notebooks; seven file folders in red, green, orange and blue colors; two purple pocket folders; wide-ruled notebook paper; No. 2 pencils; pencil-cap erasers; crayons; red ink pens; facial tissues; paper towels; hand soap; and sandwich bags.
Despite the start of a cloudy Sunday, car enthusiasts and spectators filled the streets of downtown Newton for the annual Soldiers Reunion Cruisin' and Car Show.
Automobiles of different models and colors started arriving along College Avenue and Main Street in the morning hours on Sunday. The viewing of cars officially started at 2:30 p.m. All registered vehicles will cruise the streets at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Newton.
Slick road conditions caused a six-vehicle pileup Sunday on U.S. 321 near Maiden.
A small SUV was traveling in the north-bound lane of U.S. 321 about 1:30 p.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned, hit a retaining wall and bounced back into traffic, said Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps.
“It was raining at the time,” Hipps said. “It was heavy, heavy rain, and water had accumulated on the road.”
Thieves made off with more than $6,000 of property taken from a home in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two or more unknown suspects who allegedly broke into a home in the 400 block of Fairgrove Church Road, said Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
More than 20 items were stolen from the residence, including a laptop computer, a weed eater, a shotgun, office supplies and tools.
An early morning drive Wednesday ended with a car crashing into a Conover business.
Tiffany Robinson, 23, of Hickory, was driving west at 1:25 a.m. on U.S. 70-A West when her accelerator got stuck, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, said Conover Police Capt. Eric Loftin.
Robinson’s 2002 Ford Explorer crashed into Conware Company Logistics, which is in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A West.
The car ran into the office area of the building and caused about $5,000 of damage to the structure, according to the police report.
Itâ€™s hot outside, and so are animal adoptions at the Humane Society of Catawba County.
More animals were adopted from the HSCC from January to August than were adopted during the entire year in 2009.
â€śAdoptions are double what they normally have been. We donâ€™t know why that is,â€ť said Jane Bowers, HSCC interim executive director. â€śWe donâ€™t question it. Weâ€™re just glad itâ€™s happening.â€ť
The more animals that are adopted, then the more animals the HSCC can take into the shelter.
â€śWe are a no-kill shelter, so until we do adoptions, we canâ€™t fill it with other animals,â€ť Bowers said.
All Catawba departments were asked to cut 30 percent of their budget in light of the town’s financial problems.
Interim Town Manager Eric Davis asked department heads to revisit their respective budgets and highlight expenditures that can be eliminated.
“It’s not anything definitive yet,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. “But they just need to find possible ways they can cut their budgets.”
Readling said Council’s next move will be to address the department heads’ possible cuts and vote to make those cuts.
Catawba County law enforcement officials are saying ‘no’ to gang activity with a new program targeting seasoned street-crime offenders.
The Catawba County Gang Initiative, funded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, is a joint effort by Catawba County’s nine law enforcement agencies, including the Brookford, Catawba, Claremont, Conover, Hickory, Long View, Maiden and Newton police departments and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to combat street crimes and gang activity.
A Catawba Valley Community College paramedic student was killed Monday night in McGrady.
Richard “Allen” Matheson, 19, of McGrady, was riding in his friend’s Chevy TrailBlazer about 10 p.m. Monday on Mountain Valley Church Road in McGrady. The driver, Adam Burke, 19, went off the road’s shoulder, overcorrected and crossed the center line.
The TrailBlazer collided with a Ford Expedition traveling in the opposite direction. The Expedition struck the TrailBlazer near the front passenger seat, which is where Matheson was sitting.