June 28th, 2011
Elisa Baker did not appear in court Tuesday because the judge presiding over her court cases was out of town.
A pre-trial hearing for Baker was postponed until July 14 on Tuesday after Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid filed an order last week that will make him the sole judge ruling over her cases. Kincaid was outside Catawba County on Tuesday in Gastonia, said Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson.
Catawba County Schools transportation funds were cut 2.5 percent "across the board," according to the state education budget. With the decrease, CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger recommended the board consider implementing ways to reduce overtime. One idea includes hiring 62 contract bus drivers.
In essence, these 62 individuals will be part-time employees with CCS, which will help the school system reduce overtime funds. Barger said the bus drivers will be certified.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved to cut 34 certified positions and 27 teacher assistant positions at its Monday meeting.
The 34 positions cut include:
2 central office positions
1.5 ESL teachers
11.5 exceptional children teachers
6 elementary positions
1 middle school position
6 high school positions
2 high school media positions
2 high school counselors
1 dropout prevention counselor
1 More at Four position
County officials and workers are putting the â€śfinishing touchesâ€ť on the new facility that is turning waste into energy. â€¨
Jack Chandler, assistant director for Catawba County Utilities and Engineering, said development to the Catawba County Regional EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility is continuing and going to plan. â€¨
Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson is headed to Wisconsin, potentially solving one of the biggest trouble spots standing between the Badgers and a Big Ten title.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Monday that Wilson will compete for the Badgersâ€™ starting job in the fall. The two-sport star most recently played in the Colorado Rockiesâ€™ minor league system but apparently is ready to hang up his baseball spikes.
The Catawba County Hornets football team completed the 2011 preseason Saturday against the Georgia Xtreme.
â€śWe want to do as well as we can in these games, but we also want to evaluate the talent we have out here,â€ť said Hornetsâ€™ coach Doug Frye. â€śWe want to give everyone out here playing time, so we can see what they can do to help us in the regular season.â€ť
The Xtreme went up 24-0 at halftime due to the performance of quarterback Anthony Wynn, who had two touchdown passes.
â€¨â€¨Lorena Pankey unscrewed an old bottle of motor oil and tilted it upside down.â€¨ Thick and chocolate-like goop came slowly oozing out of the white bottle and into the oil recycling tank at the Blackburn Convenience Center in Newton. She wiped perspiration from her forehead.
â€¨â€śIâ€™m glad thereâ€™s a place where I can get rid of all this junk,â€ť Pankey said. â€śItâ€™s less waste I have to deal with.â€ť â€¨
In three days, a long list of new laws approved in recent legislature will go into effect.â€¨
Among the many changes is something that effects every Catawba County resident â€” waste disposal and recycling.â€¨
Edith Marie Wease Lowe, 90, of Hickory, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Lowe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Larry Douglas “Gabber” Gaddis, 53, of Catawba, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011, at his home.
The Gaddis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
GREENSBORO â€” The U.S. Postal Service asked members of Congress â€” including Rep. Patrick McHenry, a member of the Postal Serviceâ€™s oversight committee, and Rep. David Price, a member of the House appropriations committee â€” to enact legislation to return the organization to financial stability.
In a letter signed jointly by Board of Governors Chairman Louis Giuliano and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, USPS urged McHenry and Price to support action to:
â€” Eliminate current mandates requiring $5.5 billion annual retiree health benefit pre-payments;