Several elected officials took oaths of office Monday as they officially embarked on their new leadership roles.
Elected county commissioners and a soil and water conservation district supervisor were sworn into office at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education made joyous, yet sad, announcements Monday as it welcomed new board members, but released two members.
After 18 years on the Board of Education, member Betty Blackburn resigned.
"I am saying 'bye' to a very good friend," said CCS interim superintendent Glenn Barger. "(Blackburn) has spent her life in public education and has served this system very well â€” first as a teacher and the last 18 years of service on the board of education."
More than $1 million in budgetary cuts this year gave Catawba County a clean bill of financial health during tough economic times, according to the county's annual financial report.
Certified public accountants Martin Starnes & Associates conducted the annual audit of the county's 2009-10 financial position and presented the findings Monday to the Board of Commissioners at its scheduled meeting.
The audit considers the county's overall financial health, as well as its use of federal and state dollars.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education is moving ahead at a fast rate to find the school system's new superintendent.
During Monday's board meeting, after board members Sherry Butler, Charlie Wyant, David Brittain and Glenn Fulbright were sworn in, it was down to business as Allison Schafer, of the North Carolina School Board Association, presented board members with information regarding the superintendent search.
After the November application deadline, Schafer said 24 applications were received for the superintendent position.
When Mallard Creek increased the pressure on Monday night, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Lady Red Devils werenâ€™t rattled.
Using full court pressure to start the second half, the Lady Mavericks whittled away a Newton-Conover lead that grew as large as 12 points. Every time the Mavericks neared the Lady Red Devils â€” coming as close as five points â€” Newton-Conover responded, en route to a 68-55 win.
The victory improves Newton-Conover to 3-0.
Carl Andrew Goins, 71, of Sherrills Ford, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Harris officiating. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Goins family.
Donnie Wilson Sigman, 95, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Donnie Wilson Sigman.
HICKORY â€” The mother of a 10-year-old Australian girl who authorities believe was killed in North Carolina says dealing with her daughter's death has been painful.
But Emily Dietrich wrote that she believes her daughter, Zahra Baker, is at peace.
"My search for Zahra was finally over," she wrote in a diary of the trip that she gave News 7 Australia, the TV network that accompanied her to Hickory. "I may not be able to ever hug her, or give her a kiss, but I can always tell her I love her and that I am proud of her."
Recently some sort of hacker got into one of my old e-mail accounts and enjoyed a field day with my â€śaddress book,â€ť my e-mail and, for all I know, any personal information I have given the e-mail service provider.
Darts to a management mistake that could, as a motion by the 25th Judicial District Attorneyâ€™s office states, â€śjeopardize the right of the state to prosecute a defendantâ€ť in the death of Zahra Baker.
While prosectors also believed opening police search warrants could â€śundermineâ€ť police investigations in the Baker case, District Attorney Jay Gaitherâ€™s office failed to do the work required to keep those files confidential.
Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lift the Mountaineers over visiting Western Illinois, 42-14.
Presley finished the snowy contest with a career-best 264 rushing yards to add to a 417-yard ground game for the Mountaineers. With the win Appalachian State advances to face Villanova in the FCS football tournament. The Mountaineers will next host the Wildcats, who defeated No. 3 seeded Stephen F. Austin, 54-24. The round 3 FCS match-up will be played either Friday or Saturday.