October 1st, 2010
Tuttle Elementary School has a nationally recognized Parent Teacher Organization.
The Tuttle Elementary PTO was selected as runner-up in PTO Today's 2010 Parent Group of the Year.
The Tuttle PTO applied for the award to honor PTOs who excelled through adversity without sacrificing programming for students and teachers.
"A lot of our families have fallen on hard times," said Laura Taylor, who was Tuttle PTO vice president for the 2009-10 school year. "It's 30 minutes for us to get to a bigger city. We were struggling."
There could be a new face on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners weeks before the general election.
County Commissioners will consider appointing Randy Isenhower, a candidate for the Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 2 election, to fill the vacated seat of Glenn Barger. Barger resigned from the board to become Catawba County Schools interim superintendent.
"I'm excited for the vote of confidence from the Board," Isenhower said. "It's an honor, and I'm very excited to serve."
A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition Friday after shooting himself in the head.
The boy, whose name was not released, was alone at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at his home on Rifle Range Road near Conover when he found a .32 revolver in a dresser drawer, said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The gun did not have a lock on it at the time of the incident, and Reid said he didn't know if the gun was loaded when the boy found it.
The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is bringing the green to Catawba County.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the tournament, and those spectators bring more to the region than simply an interest in golf - they bring money.
"We think it's the single largest tourism draw in the region," said Bebe Leitch, Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority executive director.
Ruth Thomas Prince, 92, of Conover, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Grady Jay Shepherd Jr., 90, of Burlington, died Sept. 29, 2010. Condolences may be offered to www.richandthompson.com.
Bernhard Langer comes into this weekâ€™s tournament with a substantial lead in the Charles Schwab Cup. He comes into this weekâ€™s tournament looking to increase that lead.
â€śMy game is good right now,â€ť Langer said Thursday. â€śItâ€™s been good all year, and I really had a very good summer.â€ť
The search for a new Catawba County Schools superintendent is under way.
Advertisements for the available position were posted Sept. 7, and the application deadline is Nov. 22. The CCS Board of Education hired the N.C. School Board Association to accept applications and serve as a hub for the search.
Meanwhile, CCS employees and community members are asked to complete an online survey, which was posted Sept. 7 on the CCS website at www.catawbaschools.net.
Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education approved its $31.5 million budget during a Monday work session at Central Office.
The 2010-11 budget was a slight increase from last year's $30 million budget. The increase was not related to the school system receiving additional funding, according to Carmen Houston, NCCS finance director.
Houston said additional money showing up in this year's budget is the remaining federal money received last year for the Education Job Fund, which is to pay school-based salaries.
Murray Elementary School is close to having renovations that could alleviate school traffic issues on Section House Road.
During Monday's Catawba County Schools Board of Education meeting, board members agreed on an option for the elementary school's main entrance to be moved to the south side or left of the building. In addition, six classrooms will be added to the right of the building.
Sarge is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy - or at least that's what he says.
But the product of Sarge's work during the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors is anything but behind the scenes.
The shiny, brand new vehicles line Rock Barn parking lots and golf greens, and if you've ever been blinded at the tournament by the sun's glint off a sparkling windshield, you've got Sarge, 48, of Catfish, to thank.