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September 22nd, 2010

Thunderstorm warning issued

September 22, 2010

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.

September 21st

Candidates tackle economy issues

September 21, 2010

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.

Proposed valuation sparks concern

September 21, 2010

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.

A step in the right direction

September 21, 2010

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."

Board honors Barger's term

September 21, 2010

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.

September 20th

Program creates budget concerns for NCCS

September 20, 2010

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."

Teaching thriftiness by example

September 20, 2010

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.

Teens take to texting

September 20, 2010

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.

Newton native, educator dies

September 20, 2010

Newton native Dr. William C. Self, who died unexpectedly Sept. 15 at his Wilmington home, was hailed as one of North Carolina’s leading educators. Funeral rites and burial for Self, who was 90, will take place in Hickory on Sept. 23.
Self was superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools from 1967 to 1972, as the state’s largest city went through the upheavals of racial integration of its education system. He later became dean of the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, retiring in 1982.

Man robbed at gunpoint

September 20, 2010

A Conover man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday in his home.
Joshua James Hampton, 22, of Icard, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon after Catawba County sheriff's deputies said he went to an acquaintance's home and robbed him.
Jamie Sullivan, 23, of Conover, was at his home in the 2700 block of Section House Road on Sunday about 3:20 p.m. when Hampton arrived at Sullivan's house, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.

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