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October 11th, 2011

Catawba County celebrates graduation rate

October 11, 2011

North Carolina public school leaders are celebrating the classrooms that manage to keep kids going to the end of their high school careers.

Schools and districts with the highest graduation rates were honored in Durham on Tuesday at a recognition lunch. The event honors the 23 schools around the state that graduated every student last year. Also getting special recognition are the schools with the highest graduation rates for their size.

Change of lesson plans

October 11, 2011

Catawba County children are finally getting answers to the age-old question of "why" they must learn certain concepts in school.

Newton-Conover City Schools leaders say they hope those answers help children prepare to compete for higher-education and job opportunities around the world.

School curriculums are changing across North Carolina as the state implements a new "common core of standards," a structure for lessons that often focus on the retention of eight to 10 main concepts or skills in a subject.

St. Stephens supports teammate whose father is battling cancer

October 11, 2011

Members of the St. Stephens High School football team lost hair and gained unity last week in honoring a family member of one of their teammates.

The father of tight end Zach Bumgarner is undergoing treatments for cancer. In light of the battle, half of the players on the squad decided to honor the man who has attended every one of their games this season despite the toll the disease has taken on him.

It all started with an early-week talk on Monday with Zach's dad, David Bumgarner, about his ongoing and previous battles.

October 10th

Trojans top Bears on ‘Dig Pink’ night

October 10, 2011

The conference regular season of high school volleyball came to a close Monday with Bandys picking up a road win against Bunker Hill, 25-13, 25-6, 25-19.

Monday was less about the actual game and more about the festivities of the evening with the Lady Bears putting together their first-ever “Dig Pink” night to help raise money for cancer awareness through the Side-Out Foundation.

Through the sales of T-shirts and a silent auction, the Bunker Hill community raised more than $2,000 for the foundation, which is centered around the sport of volleyball and cancer awareness.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 10, 2011

Plia Vang, 91, of George Hildebran School Road, Connelly Springs, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at her residence. The Vang family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

Aipin See, 75, and Na Bou See, 67, of Paul Payne Store Road in Taylorsville, died Friday Oct. 7, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center as a result of an automobile accident Thursday.  The See family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

Newton teenager snatches purse

October 10, 2011

A Newton teenager robbed a woman at gunpoint Saturday for her purse and $10 in consumer items.

Police say Joshua Caleb Powell, 17, of 1107 Fox Chase Drive in Newton, and one at-large suspect robbed a woman at about 10 p.m. Saturday outside the Target in Hickory.

The woman told officers she was walking back to her car from the Target off Catawba Valley Boulevard Southeast when she felt an object that appeared to be a gun in the small of her back, according to a Hickory Police Department incident report.

Cops focus on U.S. 321 drug crimes

October 10, 2011

Law enforcement concentrated efforts on arresting drug criminals along U.S. 321 between I-40 and I-85 in recent months.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement (DICE) team reports increased numbers of drug arrests on the highway since December 2010. The section of highway, according to the office, is a major cut-through road for drugs and drug currency moving through the state.

2007 murder case trial date set

October 10, 2011

A four-year-old Catawba County murder case will go to trial in January, court officials decided Monday.

John Lee Mitchell, the man accused of killing 19-year-old Bunker Hill graduate Travis Baker more than four years ago, will face trial the week of Jan. 16, 2012, Superior Court Judge Bradley Letts said.

Mitchell has been in jail since police arrested him in June 2009, days after investigators discovered Baker’s remains on a 100-acre property near Catawba.

October 7th

Red Devils prevail with big second half

October 8, 2011

A rough couple of weeks for Newton-Conover ended Friday with a victory, while Bunker Hill’s slide continued.

Despite trailing 17-7, the Red Devils (4-4, 1-3) rallied behind quarterback Kevin Cline and running back Thomas Corpening. The duo scored three second-half touchdowns between them on the way to a 35-25 comeback victory on homecoming at Gurley Stadium.

Big second half lifts Maiden over Bandys

October 8, 2011

Trailing Bandys 14-10 at halftime, Maiden wasted no time taking control of the game in the second half.

“We were getting the ball in the second half, and we just had to make some plays,” said Maiden coach Brian Brown.

Maiden’s Will Jenkins was the first Blue Devil to answer his coach’s challenge to “make some plays.” He returned the second half kick-off 53 yards. Four plays later, Jenkins raced 36 yards into the end zone to score his second touchdown of the night and give the Blue Devils the lead for good.

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