September 21st, 2010
Catawba County needs support and guidance amidst shrinking budgets and expanding unemployment, and candidates for office say they're the guidance citizens need.
Local candidates for Catawba County Board of Education, District Attorney, Catawba County Sheriff, North Carolina Senate and the North Carolina House of Representatives spoke with voters Tuesday during an election forum at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover.
The possibility of new tax values has some citizens concerned about higher taxes and big government.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing at its Monday meeting for citizens to express their thoughts on the proposed Schedule of Values, Standards and Rules, which helps determine the county's property values for its 2011 property revaluation.
Lisa Bumgarner, of Conover, spoke at the public hearing and expressed her concern with what she said is a trend toward increasing governmental involvement.
Darrell Johnson is taking his time at Catawba Valley Medical Center's inpatient rehabilitation facility in literal strides.
Johnson, who had one leg amputated below the knee and one amputated above the knee, can walk more than 50 feet with the help of a walker after one week at the medical center's inpatient facility.
"It's been good, and the staff has been very helpful," Johnson, 42, said of his time at the inpatient facility. "I'm learning how to go about everyday life."
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners took time during its meeting Sept. 20 to thank and honor Glenn Barger, who is ending his service on the board early to begin serving as interim superintendent of the Catawba County Schools.
Barger was referred to as “a leader with insight and determination” and a person of “trust, integrity, responsibility and concern for fellow citizens” in a Distinguished Public Service Award presented to Barger during the meeting.
Howard Wilson Brown, of Greenwood, Del., formerly of Hedgesville, W.Va., was resting at the home of his daughter in Connelly Springs, when he departed this life Sunday, Sept.19, 2010, to “go fishing” on the Golden Shore. Burial will be private.
Brian Daniel Perkins, 35, of Denver, passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 11–11:45 a.m. at the church.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers earned a win Tuesday against their rival St. Stephens Indians. The Tigers defeated the Indians 1-0 at St. Stephens in a matchup between two of the top teams in Catawba County.
Nick Bolick scored the game-winning goal in the second half for the Tigers, and goalkeeper Zach Schellenberger earned the shutout.
The loss was the second in a row for St. Stephens, which lost 3-1 last week at Hibriten. The Indians are now 1-2-0 in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A, and the Tigers improved to 2-1-0 in conference play.
At a house in Deerfield, there is a calendar with a date in June 2011 marked on it. That date could be the last time Mitchell Mathis will go to the doctor to see if he is still cancer free.
Still able to do things he wants to do when he wants to do them.
â€śIt is definitely marked on our calendar,â€ť said Diane Mathis, Mitchellâ€™s mother. â€śIt is definitely a big date, but we feel in our hearts, he is already cured.â€ť
Potential cuts in Newton-Conover City Schools is no longer a reality for teachers within the school system, but an after-school program has board members requesting a close watch on its expenses.
With the proposed 2010-11 budget being $29.4 million, Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond told education board members during a work session Monday at the NCCS Central Office, the school system is in good shape.
"We are very healthy," Redmond said. "We are very, very frugal and manage our money very well."
Thriftiness and energy efficiency are on the lesson plans for several area teachers.
These teachers employ methods, like recycling and cutting energy costs, that not only save the environment, but save their schools money.
Eilene Corcoran, a teacher at Bandys High School, started a battery recycling program for the school.
"We used a lot of batteries, and there was nowhere to recycle them," she said.
Corcoran, an environmental science teacher, infuses elements of recycling into her classroom.
The cell phone is a teen's version of an electronic security blanket.
"If I leave the house without my phone, I feel like I'll need it," said 14-year-old Toni Abernathy, of Hickory. "... I think it isolates you sometimes. You're off in your own little bubble."
Abernathy was a contestant in The Hickory Foundation YMCA's texting competition Saturday, which challenged participants to type text messages as fast as possible.