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August 18th, 2010

2010 Football Preview is coming

August 18, 2010

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise's Thursday edition, which features Outlook and the 2010 football preview edition "The Road to the Top."

This year's football preview spotlights all the teams in Catawba County and explores the talent that will suit up in hopes of winning a state championship. Don't miss this in-depth look at football for the 2010 season.

House fire destroys 1 room

August 18, 2010

One room of a mobile home was destroyed Wednesday after an early morning fire in Newton.

Newton Fire Department was dispatched to 2733 Burnley Drive at 8:33 a.m.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 8:38 a.m. to find smoke coming from the double-wide mobile home's master bedroom.

The fire destroyed the master bedroom and its contents. Smoke damaged other parts of the home.

The residents weren't at home during the fire, and no one was injured.

Medal of Honor recipient at Reunion

August 18, 2010

The 121st annual Newton Soldiers Reunion event continues Thursday when the afternoon service begins at 4 p.m. on the east side of the Court Square. The Reunion Service will feature special guest Command Sergeant Major Gary L. Littrell, recipient of the prestigious Medal of Honor.

Littrell will provide special remarks at the service, following welcomes by Newton Mayor Pro Tem Anne Stedman and Catawba County Commission Chairperson Kitty Barnes. Col. Bradley McRee will be the featured speaker for the patriotic service.

August 17th

Commissioners give Catawba $7,000

August 17, 2010

Catawba Fire Department will receive $7,000 in appropriated matching funds from the county.
The funds will be used to pay for a thermal imaging camera, a four-gas monitor and a ventilation saw through a matching grant from the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Volunteer Fire Department Fund grant program.
“We’re going to give them the full $7,000, because that is what was agreed upon,” said County Manager Tom Lundy.

County discusses jail buyout

August 17, 2010

Catawba County officials continue discussions about selling the county’s portion of the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility.
Representatives from both counties are set to meet in the coming weeks to consider Catawba County’s options in selling it’s 88-bed share of the detention facility.
“The cost for Catawba (County) to be bought out is the cost of building a pod (at the Catawba County jail),” said County Manager Tom Lundy.

Health rocks for area teens

August 17, 2010

Healthy lifestyles are part of summer fun for several area teenagers.

Six teen leaders visit area schools and youth organizations to teach late-elementary students about the importance of making healthy personal choices.

“Not only can we be a leader for them, but we can also be their friends,” said Jackie McCoy, 13, who volunteers as a teen leader for Health Rocks.

August 16th

Jury selection starts

August 16, 2010

Jury selection started Monday for the murder trial of a man who alleged shot and killed a N.C. trooper two years ago.
Edwardo Wong is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Trooper Shawn Blanton on Interstate 40 near Canton.
The trial will be held in Catawba County because a judge ruled media outlets near Canton biased potential jurors.
Wong allegedly shot Blanton to death June 17, 2008, during a traffic stop. Prosecutors say Blanton pulled Wong over because he couldn’t find information about Wong’s GMC truck in the database.

CCS adopts new math curriculum

August 16, 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.”

Back-to-school costs

August 16, 2010

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.

August 15th

Reunion continues with car show

August 15, 2010

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.

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