September 2nd, 2011
Cyber-bullying is not unique to any one school or system.
The frequency of conflicts, insults, harassment and bullying sparked on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is increasing at all levels of education.
"It is becoming an issue in all school systems, not just Catawba County," said CCS School Board Attorney Crystal Davis.
That has prompted school officials to begin taking a proactive approach to the problem, both before bullying âÂ or harassment online â occurs and after.
In 1869, Jonas Conrad Killian was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan in Newton. In a two-year span, he was beaten, trampled and robbed for trying to raise a Union flag after the War Between the States ended and North Carolina had rejoined the Union.Â
Jonas, a husband, blacksmith and member of the Union army, had a turbulent time surviving through a Confederate-supported Catawba County in the 1860s.Â
Now, 150 years after he lived through, and served in the war, his descendents are finally giving the Civil War veteran the recognition he deserves.Â
Area Sons of Confederate Veterans want to memorialize two fallen soldiers, but they say more help is needed to make the project a reality.
Members of the C.F. Connor Camp No. 849, SCV, are planning to build grave stone enclosures and memorial stones for two Confederate Soldiers from Conover that currently have no marker.
The soldiersâ wives are buried at Sipeâs Orchard Home in Conover, where the SCV plan to erect the memorial stones.
Two mayors are smarter than one. Many mayors working on the same challenges is even better.
Thatâs what the Conover mayor and mayor pro-tem are saying after meeting with regional municipal leaders Wednesday to identify universal concerns, challenges and goals around the piedmont.
Conover Mayor Lee Moritz, Jr. and Mayor Pro-tem Kyle Hayman helped leaders identify eco-development, infrastructure and sustainability as three âkeyâ issues that will challenge the region in coming years.
As the prevalence of social media continues to grow in schools, age-old problems of name-calling, bullying and harassment have flourished on a whole new level.
"Once Facebook came in and became the social network of all the teens, I guess the kids think they can go on there and say anything they want to, even if they are not saying it out loud to other people," said Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger. "They think they can say anything they want to, and it often hurts people's feelings or causes conflict."
The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.
Panthersâ rookie quarterback Cam Newton played the first series for the Panthers (1-3), completing 3-of-5 passes for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Newton also had one rush â a 19-yard scramble in the first quarter.
Derek Anderson also got playing time at quarterback, ahead of Jimmy Clausen, who is nursing some injuries in last weekâs game against Cincinnati.
When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devilsâ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martinâs serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.
âWe battled back when we needed toâ said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. âEven though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.â
It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.
Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high âride,â and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing âHimalayaâ tilt-a-whirl.
The fair is back.
However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fairâs many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.
Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.
Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.
After leading Fred T. Foard to a 3A state wrestling title, the Tigersâ coach is being rewarded for his efforts.
Mike Carey, coach of the Foard wrestling program since 2008, was named the North Carolina 3A wrestling coach of the year by Mat News. The announcement came earlier this week.
âItâs the âcherry on topâ to our good season,â Carey said of the honor. âThis is a product of all the work the boys did. It was their work. This is another way to honor them.â