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September 22nd, 2010
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners honored Catawba County Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley with a Distinguished Public Service award.
Markley is leaving Catawba County effective Sept. 30 to be superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.
"I leave knowing that there's good people here after I'm gone," Markley said.
He commended the strong working partnership between county government and Catawba County Schools.
"I can only hope that the partnership (in New Hanover County) is as strong as we have here," he said.
They bite, multiply and can be in your bed tonight.
Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices of mattresses, box springs and couches, and they come out to feed at night.
"People realize they've got bed bugs most of the time when they're bitten," said Earl Fulbright, president of Fulbright Pest Control, located on West A Street in Newton. "People will also find small red dots of blood on their bed sheets from
bed bug bites."
Catawba County is under a warning for a strong thunderstorm through 4 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, a strong thunderstorm was 4 miles southeast of Long View moving southeast at 5 mph. This storm is expected to head towards Newton bringing brief heavy rainfall, small hail and wind gusts of 40-50 mph.
Catawba County needs support and guidance amidst shrinking budgets and expanding unemployment, and candidates for office say they're the guidance citizens need.
Local candidates for Catawba County Board of Education, District Attorney, Catawba County Sheriff, North Carolina Senate and the North Carolina House of Representatives spoke with voters Tuesday during an election forum at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover.
The possibility of new tax values has some citizens concerned about higher taxes and big government.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing at its Monday meeting for citizens to express their thoughts on the proposed Schedule of Values, Standards and Rules, which helps determine the county's property values for its 2011 property revaluation.
Lisa Bumgarner, of Conover, spoke at the public hearing and expressed her concern with what she said is a trend toward increasing governmental involvement.
Darrell Johnson is taking his time at Catawba Valley Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation facility in literal strides.
Johnson, who had one leg amputated below the knee and one amputated above the knee, can walk more than 50 feet with the help of a walker after one week at the medical center's inpatient facility.
"It's been good, and the staff has been very helpful," Johnson, 42, said of his time at the inpatient facility. "I'm learning how to go about everyday life."
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners took time during its meeting Sept. 20 to thank and honor Glenn Barger, who is ending his service on the board early to begin serving as interim superintendent of the Catawba County Schools.
Barger was referred to as “a leader with insight and determination” and a person of “trust, integrity, responsibility and concern for fellow citizens” in a Distinguished Public Service Award presented to Barger during the meeting.
Potential cuts in Newton-Conover City Schools is no longer a reality for teachers within the school system, but an after-school program has board members requesting a close watch on its expenses.
With the proposed 2010-11 budget being $29.4 million, Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond told education board members during a work session Monday at the NCCS Central Office, the school system is in good shape.
"We are very healthy," Redmond said. "We are very, very frugal and manage our money very well."
Thriftiness and energy efficiency are on the lesson plans for several area teachers.
These teachers employ methods, like recycling and cutting energy costs, that not only save the environment, but save their schools money.
Eilene Corcoran, a teacher at Bandys High School, started a battery recycling program for the school.
"We used a lot of batteries, and there was nowhere to recycle them," she said.
Corcoran, an environmental science teacher, infuses elements of recycling into her classroom.
The cell phone is a teen's version of an electronic security blanket.
"If I leave the house without my phone, I feel like I'll need it," said 14-year-old Toni Abernathy, of Hickory. "... I think it isolates you sometimes. You're off in your own little bubble."
Abernathy was a contestant in The Hickory Foundation YMCA's texting competition Saturday, which challenged participants to type text messages as fast as possible.