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September 30th, 2010

NCCS approves $31.5M budget

September 30, 2010

Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education approved its $31.5 million budget during a Monday work session at Central Office.
The 2010-11 budget was a slight increase from last year's $30 million budget. The increase was not related to the school system receiving additional funding, according to Carmen Houston, NCCS finance director.
Houston said additional money showing up in this year's budget is the remaining federal money received last year for the Education Job Fund, which is to pay school-based salaries.

Murray Elementary's project to solve traffic issues

September 30, 2010

Murray Elementary School is close to having renovations that could alleviate school traffic issues on Section House Road.
During Monday's Catawba County Schools Board of Education meeting, board members agreed on an option for the elementary school's main entrance to be moved to the south side or left of the building. In addition, six classrooms will be added to the right of the building.

Sarge in charge

September 30, 2010

Sarge is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy -  or at least that's what he says.
But the product of Sarge's work during the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is anything but behind the scenes.
The shiny, brand new vehicles line Rock Barn parking lots and golf greens, and if you've ever been blinded at the tournament by the sun's glint off a sparkling windshield, you've got Sarge, 48, of Catfish, to thank.

Seat belt saves life

September 30, 2010

A seat belt and an airbag saved the life of a Hickory man Thursday after his car crashed into a tractor trailer.
Eduardo Cervantes, 31, was driving in the 1500 block of U.S. 70-A in Conover at 8:21 a.m. when his car hit the back of an 18-wheeler, according to Shannon Roberts of the Conover Police Department.
The tractor trailer was stopped in the roadway attempting to turn, and Cervantes told police the sun prevented him from seeing the truck until it was too late, Roberts said.

Barger takes seat as CCS leader

September 30, 2010

Former Catawba County commissioner Glenn Barger will take his seat in the superintendent's office today.
Barger was approved by Catawba County Schools Board of Education in August to be the interim superintendent effective Oct. 1 after former superintendent Dr. Tim Markley accepted a job with New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington. Markley also starts his new position today.

September 29th

The best medicine

September 29, 2010

If laughter is the best medicine, Frye Regional Medical Center's Charlie's Chaplains could start its own pharmacy.
Charlie's Chaplains is a volunteer ministry to spread laughter and joy among hospital patients and their families. The volunteers dress as clowns, performing tricks and jokes and hoping to make patients forget, if only for a moment, their pain and illnesses.

Man dies in crash near LRU

September 29, 2010

A man died Wednesday after police said he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle.
Vasile Simonca, 55, was traveling south on Eighth Street NE at Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck about 6:50 a.m.
According to Hickory Police, Simonca, who recently moved to Hickory from Colorado, failed to stop at a red traffic signal and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on Eighth Street NE, which was driven by Robert Jenkins, 54, of Hickory.

Emu on the loose

September 29, 2010

An elusive emu is on the loose in Catawba County.
Animal control officers are working to capture the animal so it doesn't become a danger to itself or county residents.
"This one's been quite elusive," said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager. "We've been chasing this thing for a couple weeks."
Animal services received 30-40 calls about the bird, which some people mistake for an ostrich. Emus are flightless birds native to Australia and can sprint at speeds of 40 mph, according to several websites.

Emporium fosters new businesses

September 29, 2010

An emporium is a store that sells a variety of goods.
For Sam Glaberman, the Union Square Emporium is a place where small business and local industry grow.
Glaberman is the owner of the new Union Square Emporium, which is set to open Friday after being closed for eight years.
"If you like in Hickory, and you spend money in Hickory, it stays here," Glaberman said. "We're providing an incubator space for people to start their own businesses."

BHHS pilots Microsoft program

September 29, 2010

Students and teachers at Bunker Hill High School are among a select group of North Carolina schools participating in a new technology program.
North Carolina is the first state in the country to enter into an agreement with Microsoft to pilot the IT Academy, which helps high schoolers learn computer skills in the classroom.
The academy is piloted this year in 29 counties in North Carolina, with 600 students and 42 teachers participating in the pilot status.
BHHS is the only school in Catawba County that is part of the Microsoft IT Academy.

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