July 18th, 2011
RALEIGH â€” North Carolina cannot limit enrollment in a pre-kindergarten program for at-risk children that saw its budget reduced by the General Assembly, the judge overseeing a long-running education-opportunity lawsuit ordered Monday.
It's not clear whether the order by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. could force the Legislature to redo part of the $19.7 billion state budget that took effect this month. Manning said only that he's confident the state will live up to its constitutional duties to afford every child a good, basic education.
Growing up, I never really had a chance to â€śknowâ€ť my grandparents. Three of the four were alive for my early childhood, so I have some recollections of a couple of grandmothers and a granddaddy. That said, my relationships with all of them, unfortunately, was little more than that of a child with their doting grandparents.
Most college students spend their summer free from books. Some take on summer jobs. One local product, though, is using this free time to get better on the baseball diamond.
Former Maiden and current Liberty University baseball player Justin Sizemore is playing for the Martinsville Mustangs from Martinsville, Va.
The Mustangs are a member of the Coastal Plain League (CPL), one of the best summer collegiate wood bat baseball leagues in the country.
Most filing for the 2011 Catawba County Municipal Elections is complete, and several council races have a host of competitors.
The Conover City Council race has three seats open for election, but eight candidates declared for the race. In addition to all three incumbents up for re-election, the filers include a past Conover mayor and current school board member.
Former Conover Mayor Bruce Eckard declared Friday that he would run for city council. Eckard lost to current Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. in the mayoral election of 2009.
He has been out of city government since.
North Carolina State Trooper K.E. Travis investigates a car wreck scene at the intersection of Startown Road and Kings Grant Drive in Newton.
Travis said an unidentified driver was traveling south on Startown Road when he probably fell asleep at the wheel and ran his car off the road.
The car flipped upside down and landed on the right shoulder.
The driver was trapped momentarily before emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The driver was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center in stable condition.
The Maiden man accused of killing and depriving numerous beagle dogs pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
Billy Roy Hewitt, 63, of Maiden, will pay a $100 fine and $1,000 restitution fee to Catawba County after pleading guilty to â€świllfully and intentionallyâ€ť killing three dogs and depriving two others.
In March, animal control officers served a search warrant at Hewittâ€™s home after neighbors reported foul smells and dead dogs in the Maiden manâ€™s yard. Officers reported finding about 100 dog carcasses on Hewittâ€™s property during the search.
Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.
As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.
Owen “Pete” Percy Wagner, 88, of Conover, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011, at his residence. The Wagner family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Carl Eric Pittman, 47, of Granite Falls, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011. Mackie-High Funeral Home serving the family of Carl Eric Pittman.
An area Optimist Club building was damaged by a fire Thursday night.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Club, located at 1807 Molly's Backbone Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The flames were reported to be about 30 feet into the air from the building.
Firefighters worked for about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. Several firefighters entered the building to try and salvage uniforms, computers, trophies and other equipment while their colleagues were trying to extinguish the fire.
One person was killed and another injured in a morning collision that closed Old Conover-Startown Road for several hours Friday.