Grades for schools unveiled by State Board of Education
The State Board of Education Thursday unveiled grades for more than 2,400 public schools. This year's grading curve means more than 70 percent of the state's schools got a grade of "C'' or better. About one out of 20 North Carolina public schools received an "A'' while approximately 6 percent brought home an "F'' on new statewide school report cards. Schools could only receive an "F'' if they score below 40 out of 100 points. Students themselves receive an "F'' grade if they score below 63. Eighty percent of the school grades are based on how students performed on standardized tests. All schools receiving a "D'' or "F'' must send letters to students' parents informing them of the grade. In the Greater Hickory Metro school systems performed as follows. In the Catawba County Schools 16 schools received a C grade, 8 schools received a B grade, 2 schools received a D grade, and 1 school received an A grade. In the Hickory City Schools 4 schools received a D grade, 3 schools received a C grade, and 2 schools received a B grade. In the Newton-Conover City Schools 4 schools received a C grade, 1 school received a B grade and 1 school received a D grade. In the Alexander County Schools 8 schools received a C grade, 1 school received a B grade, and one school received a D grade. In the Burke County Schools 17 schools received a C grade, 6 schools received a B grade, and 2 schools received an A grade. In the Caldwell County Schools 15 schools received a C grade, 6 schools received a B grade, 2 schools received a D grade and one received an A.
Man charged with failure to appear in connection with charge from 2010
46-year-old Ba Van Tran of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Wednesday morning (February 4) on one felony count of failure to appear. The arrest dates back to a July 2010 break-in at the P.C. Seafood & Oriental Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Tran was initially arrested in August of 2010 and then the failure to appear warrant was issued in October 2010. He was taken into custody yesterday on Highway 321 in Hickory. Following his arrest, Tran was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
Two arrested on multiple drug charges
40-year-old Terry Lee McConneaughey of Ann Street in Gastonia and 28-year-old Cathy Jo Wiseman of Stonewood Drive in Spruce Pine were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 this morning (February 5) on drug charges. McConneaughey was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wiseman was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.They were both taken into custody without incident at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following their arrests, the suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McConneaughey set at $15,000, secured, while Wiseman was given a $4,000 secured bond. Wiseman has since been released. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
Unemployment rates released for state's counties
Unemployment rates were released for North Carolina’s counties. According to the Division of Employment Security, the unemployment rate in Alexander County in December was 4.7 percent, up from 4.6 percent in November. The Burke County unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent from 6.1. In Caldwell County, unemployment also dropped to 5.9 percent from 6.1. Catawba County’s jobless rate fell to 5.4 percent in December, down from 5.5 percent in November. The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area was at 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in November. That places the area tenth out of fourteen MSAs, just four Metropolitan Areas finished with higher unemployment rates. The statewide unemployment rate is 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 in November.
Caldwell agencies to close February 20
The Caldwell County Health Department and Caldwell County Animal Control, both located in Lenoir, will be closed to the public on Friday, February 20. The two facilities will be closed for staff training. All other departments in the human services building: Caldwell County Department of Social Services, Emergency Management and the Lenoir office of North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows will be open. According to the Caldwell Journal, the staff of the Caldwell County Health Department will be involved in an extensive all day training on February 20th relating to Quality Improvement 101. The Caldwell County Health Department has been involved in the Quality Improvement 101 program through the Centers for Public Health Quality since April 2014. According to the report, during this training, processes in the department will be looked at to find where waste, such as long wait times, non-value added forms and extra steps, may be an issue. The Caldwell Journal report says through the recent changes at the health department, the wait time, process time and number of patients being seen during the department’s family planning clinic has improved. There have been and will be no appointments scheduled for February 20th. For more information, contact Anna Martin, Health Education Supervisor, at 828-426-8506.
Drug, probation violation charges filed
24-year-old Jeremy Edward Harrell of South Main Avenue in Newton was arrested Wednesday (February 4) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Harrell was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $41,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 20.