October 7th, 2010
Youâ€™re probably aware the Catawba County Board of Commissioners is elected to make decisions on the goals, direction and operation of county government. You may also be aware that the county works under the â€ścommission-managerâ€ť form of government, through which the board hires a professional county manager to carry out its directives and oversee day-to-day operations.
I want to commend Beth Parham and the teaching staff at Bunker Hill High School for â€śjumping on boardâ€ť and taking advantage of the Microsoft program. Now that everything will be on computers, I feel that will be the best program to get work in the future.
Without any big job announcements during recent months, it may seem that all is quiet on the economic development front in Newton.
Catawba County's top economic recruiter said that's hardly the case.
Maiden Middle School students are trying to stay one step ahead of cancer.
The school participated Wednesday in national Mad Hatter Day to raise money for cancer awareness and prevention. Students paid $1 to wear a hat during the day, and through the donations, the school raised $455.29.
"If (students) learn that lesson at this age, it becomes a lifelong trend," said Nan Van Hoy, Maiden Middle principal.
A Maiden couple received $1.7 million from Apple Inc. for their property near the company's new facility.
Donnie and Kathy Fulbright, who lived in their Maiden home for 34 years, originally declined Apple's offer to buy their home. They agreed to sell for $1.7 million, county records show, opting to leave the single-story house on the less than 1 acre of land they bought for $6,000, according to Bloomberg News.
An area elementary school has a new reading room due to the collaboration of parents, teachers and several hard-working Boy Scouts.
Boy Scout Coan McAlpine, 14, decided to take on the Clyde Cambell Elementary School guided-reading room as his Eagle Scout project.
McAlpine wanted to paint the room and build shelves to house books and other supplies, but he knew he couldn't complete the project alone.
"There were a lot of projects I thought about, but this one just seemed to be one of the ones that fit what we wanted to do," he said.
Catawba County Schools continues its search for a new superintendent, and newly elected members of the Board of Education will be part of that search.
Candidates for the board spoke Monday at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum about the qualities they value in a leader for Catawba County Schools. Candidates also discussed how and where to make cuts in the school system's budget.
Carillon Assisted Living in Newton expanded its Garden Place wing and new residents are expected to move-in today.
The Garden Place, which is Carillon's Alzheimer's unit, went from holding 24 beds to 44 beds for residents with a memory-impaired disease. Carillon Executive Director Chris Alex said the growing need for an Alzheimer's facility encouraged staff to expand.
"The need in Catawba County (is why we chose to expand)," Alex said. "There is definitely a need (for an Alzheimer's facility)."
Mildred Ray Burns Ball, 87, of Hickory, was surrounded by her family and released her hand into her Lord and savior on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at her residence. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Nancy Faye Hoffman Griswold, 81, of Newton, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.