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October 1st, 2010

Boy survives after shooting himself in head

October 1, 2010

A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition Friday after shooting himself in the head.
The boy, whose name was not released, was alone at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at his home on Rifle Range Road near Conover when he found a .32 revolver in a dresser drawer, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The gun did not have a lock on it at the time of the incident, and Reid said he didn't know if the gun was loaded when the boy found it.

How much is The Classic worth?

October 1, 2010

The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is bringing the green to Catawba County.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the tournament, and those spectators bring more to the region than simply an interest in golf - they bring money.
"We think it's the single largest tourism draw in the region," said Bebe Leitch, Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority executive director.

September 30th

CCS' survey deadline approaches

September 30, 2010

The search for a new Catawba County Schools superintendent is under way.
Advertisements for the available position were posted Sept. 7, and the application deadline is Nov. 22. The CCS Board of Education hired the N.C. School Board Association to accept applications and serve as a hub for the search.
Meanwhile, CCS employees and community members are asked to complete an online survey, which was posted Sept. 7 on the CCS website at www.catawbaschools.net.

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.

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