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November 5th, 2010

Virtual learning at Jacobs Fork Middle

November 6, 2010

College students use laptops during class to take notes, transcribe lectures and communicate with professors.
At Jacobs Fork Middle School, seventh- and eighth-grade students have those opportunities years before they submit college applications.
Jacobs Fork Middle is a STEM school, which focuses on implementing science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in the classroom.
The school participates in the STEM-ICT 3-D project that allows students to learn, build and explore three-dimensional, interactive worlds on computers.

Man shot dead, suspect arrested

November 6, 2010

A man was found murdered Friday outside a duplex in Hickory, and police arrested a suspect they say is responsible for the man's death.
Hickory Police responded to a call Friday about 9 a.m. from a resident who lives in the 1000 block of 20th Street NE, which is where the body was found.
Police arrived on the scene to find a male victim dead from an apparent gun shot wound to the chest. The victim was found outside the building lying on the ground.
The name of the victim hasn't been released pending notification of his family.

HAZMAT situation in Newton

November 6, 2010

Catawba County's Hazardous Materials Response Team responded Friday to a reported chemical release at a Newton facility.
The call was part of a training drill, which was designed to test the team's response capabilities during a major chemical release or spill.
"You're always going to have some issues in training," said Ryan Monteith, HAZMAT coordinator for the Catawba County Fire and Rescue Division. "That's the goal of the drill. We're trying to get better."

Weekend of November 6-8, 2010

November 6, 2010

Mary Belle Jarrett Huffman, 90, of Conover, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at her residence after a period of declining health for several years. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Burke Goble, 90, of Hickory, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Robert Burke Goble.

3 teens injured after possible drunk driving

November 5, 2010

Three teens were injured Wednesday in a single-car crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver.
The accident happened about 11 p.m. on Mt. Olive Church Road near the intersection of Ruth Avenue in Newton.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle, Melinda Cobie Carpenter, of Conover, admitted she drank six shots of liquor before getting behind the wheel. Carpenter turned 19 on Tuesday.

Technology 'stemming' to Jacobs Fork Middle

November 5, 2010

Jacobs Fork Middle School students itching to climb behind the wheel of a car learn how a build a skeletal vehicle years before they are eligible for a license.
They use miniature gears, wheels and belts to construct working models of car transmissions during automation and robotics class.
The class is part of Jacobs Fork Middle's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, which promotes hands-on learning for professional success beyond the classroom.

Batteries snatched from boats

November 5, 2010

A recent string of crime in Sherrills Ford could be the work of several people.
At least four boat batteries were stolen since Oct. 22 from boats kept in the Sherrills Ford area. Several homes were also broken into, resulting in more than $6,800 of property stolen or damaged.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid said the battery thefts are likely the work of one person, and several other people are possibly responsible for the home break-ins.

Prepping For The Postseason

November 5, 2010

The Catawba Valley Buccaneers went swashbuckling through another regular season. Head coach Shannon Hudson and the Buccaneers started the season with a 3-0 loss at the beginning of the season to Cape Fear Community College, but they rallied and won 10 of their next 11 matches en route to a 19-5 overall record.
CVCC ended the season 12-2 in conference play and earned the top seed from the West at this weekend’s Carolinas-Virginia Conference volleyball tournament at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.

One Race Left

November 5, 2010

Alfredo Dominguez has only one more race to run this season — the state meet. And the junior cross country runner from Newton-Conover wants to finish well despite some pre-race jitters.

“I’m just nervous about it, but I’m actually ready for it,” Dominguez said. “This means a lot. I can’t go in there and mess around. I’m going to try my best, and hopefully everything will pay off.”

Voter turnout increases 4 percent

November 5, 2010

Voter turnout for Tuesday's midterm election increased from the last midterm election four years ago.
About 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm election, which increased from 36 percent in the 2006 midterm election.
"There was a lot of interest in this election, so that helped turnout," said Larry Brewer, Catawba County Board of Elections director. "I thought it went very well."
Voters cast 41,686 ballots in the election, which is 40.47 percent of the county's 103,003 registered voters.

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