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October 4th, 2010
The unlocked gun a boy was handling Thursday when he accidentally shot himself belongs to his father.
The child's father could face a misdemeanor charge of failing to secure a weapon, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The 14-year-old boy was playing with the gun about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at his home on Rifle Range Road near Conover when he accidentally shot himself in the head.
Reid said the boy told police he was home alone when he found the unlocked gun in a dresser drawer.
Fire damaged an assembly building Saturday at Cross Country Campgrounds in Denver.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to the call about 3 p.m. on N.C. 150 East. Seventeen firefighters from Sherrills Ford-Terrell and five firefighters each from Bandys and Denver fire departments arrived on the scene to extinguish the fire, said Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Chief Keith Bost.
The first engine company had the fire under control in three minutes, and the scene was clear several hours later.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday an appointment to fill the board's vacant seat.
The Board appointed Randy Isenhower, a candidate for commissioner in the general election, to fill the seat vacated when commissioner Glenn Barger resigned effective Sept. 30.
Catawba County Clerk Barbara E. Morris swore in Isenhower immediately following the appointment. Isenhower's wife, Carmen, held the Bible, while his parents, Stine and Carolyn Isenhower, stood to his right.
Tuttle Elementary School has a nationally recognized Parent Teacher Organization.
The Tuttle Elementary PTO was selected as runner-up in PTO Today's 2010 Parent Group of the Year.
The Tuttle PTO applied for the award to honor PTOs who excelled through adversity without sacrificing programming for students and teachers.
"A lot of our families have fallen on hard times," said Laura Taylor, who was Tuttle PTO vice president for the 2009-10 school year. "It's 30 minutes for us to get to a bigger city. We were struggling."
There could be a new face on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners weeks before the general election.
County Commissioners will consider appointing Randy Isenhower, a candidate for the Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 2 election, to fill the vacated seat of Glenn Barger. Barger resigned from the board to become Catawba County Schools interim superintendent.
"I'm excited for the vote of confidence from the Board," Isenhower said. "It's an honor, and I'm very excited to serve."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.