March 2nd, 2011
Winter snow woes were replaced this week with another weather worry â€” tornadoes.
Severe Weather Awareness week started Sunday, just one day before severe weather swept through Catawba County, downing power lines and trees. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported, according to Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, but active tornado season is just starting.
North Carolinians experienced more tornados in the last three years than in the previous decade, with March, May and November being the deadliest months, according to a press release from Perdue's office.
A Bandys High School graduate returned to Catawba County Schools on Wednesday â€” this time as a member of Gov. Bev Perdue's cabinet.
North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier M. Cansler arrived at Webb A. Murray Elementary School for Read Across America Day, a national program to encourage reading among children.
Cansler spoke with third- and fourth-grade students about state government and read a chapter from a book about multiculturalism in the classroom.
The man accused of bludgeoning someone to death was transported to a mental hospital last week after a judge ruled the man incapable of standing trial.
Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was taken to Broughton Hospital in Morganton, according to a motion filed Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court. Scherzer is charged with murdering Roland Simmons, 70, at Hickory's Walden House Assisted Living Center.
A representative from the Catawba County Detention Center transported Scherzer to Broughton Hospital shortly before 4 p.m. Feb. 24.
Teams donâ€™t need a comprehensive knowledge of vowel sounds and consonant clusters to win Newton-Conover Education Foundationâ€™s annual â€śRed Hot Spelling Bee.â€ť
In fact, spelling sleuths on the four-person teams donâ€™t even need to know how to spell.
â€śJust bring a fat check book,â€ť said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond, â€śand be ready to write plenty of checks.â€ť
While basketball season continues at Bandys High School, softball season is just around the corner.
The Lady Trojans softball team has tried to prepare for the early part of the season without their core players, who are members of the basketball team.
A Newton-based furniture company is getting national recognition for doing what comes naturally â€” buying and creating locally made products.
Lee Industries is featured on a segment of ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer during a segment called "Made in America" set to air Wednesday night.
"It's because of our long-lasting reputation as being local, family (oriented) and sustainable," said Norman Coley, president of the company that's been part of the Newton community since 1969.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education has no intentions of continuing its search for a superintendent for at least three years.
The state legislature's "unknowns" and Glenn Barger's experience led a majority of Catawba County Schools Board of Education to stop its superintendent search and stick with its current leader. The 24 applications received in the superintendent search were shredded or sent back to the North Carolina School Board Association.
Could Zahra's death have been prevented?
That's the question on the minds of Catawba County residents, as well as a state board charged with reviewing child deaths after previous involvement with departments of social services.
"When are we going to make children a priority?" asked Angela Phillips, a former Guardian ad Litem district administrator, who recently retired from the program after 24 years of service.
Donald Elmer Floyd, 74, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly and went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Floyd family.
Donald "Don-Don" Nelson Owenby, 58, of Lincolnton, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Graveside honors will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury.
Treatments for cancer don't always involve painful injections or reconstructive surgery.
If you ask women involved in the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program, they'll tell you that, sometimes, all it takes for a cancer patient to feel better is a swipe of lipstick and some sparkly earrings.