Archive - Aug 25, 2010
It may have been two hours late for some schools, but the first day of school ran smoothly Wednesday for area teachers, students and parents.
â€śWe started with a two-hour delay, but everything went wellâ€ť said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond. â€śTeachers did a great job with introducing students to the new school year.â€ť
Newton-Conover City Schools and Startown and Balls Creek elementary schools opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday following a water line break Tuesday in Newton that threatened water pressure and sanitation for city water customers.
Newton restored to water service Wednesday after a broken water line affected citizens.
And while the tap has been turned on again, the impacts of the fracture in a 16-inch water main along U.S. 70 may continue into Thursday.
"Right now our system is pressurized, and we are not aware of any leaks or problems at this point," said Newton Assistant City Manager Glenn Pattishall. "Our crews, along with some crews from Hickory Sand worked on (the broken line) during the evening (Tuesday) and the early part of (Wednesday) and got it fixed."
Benny Monroe Lineberger, 75, of Catawba, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Lineberger family.
John Daniel Wilkinson, 84, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Wilkinson family.
Area school cafeterias made major adjustments Wednesday to provide students with lunch without using water during preparations.
â€śWhen we have an emergency, weâ€™re prepared,â€ť said Karen Duncan, Catawba County Schools child nutrition director.
Newton city officials asked water customers to boil water they use following a break Tuesday in a city water line. Low pressure that occurred from the break increased the potential for bacteria in the water.
As a result, school cafeterias were forced to change their plans for back-to-school lunch preparation.
Newton purchased 4,000 gallons of water Tuesday to distribute to residents who were without water because of a water main break.
The city purchased 1,000 cases, which each held four gallons of water, from Merchant Distributors Inc. Flowers Bakery donated a tractor-trailer to Newton to transport the water from MDI to Newton Public Works on Tuesday afternoon.
"The decision to purchase water was made about the time we made the decision to turn off the water in the area (Tuesday)," said Glenn Pattishall, Newton assistant city manager and planning director.
About 200 cats and dogs living in the Catawba County Animal Shelter will be euthanized following the outbreak of a mysterious illness.
The facility closed Wednesday for extensive sanitization in an attempt to control the deadly illness and stop it from spreading. Sanitation is expected to last until Sept. 7.
â€śWe donâ€™t know what the illness is,â€ť said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager. â€śWe donâ€™t even know itâ€™s a virus at this point.â€ť
All shelter animals are believed to be exposed to the illness, and for safety precautions, must be euthanized.
Two Catawba roads are shut down after a tractor-trailer overturned.
At about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, emergency responders went to the scene of an overturn tractor-trailer on U.S. 70 at Sharon School Road in Catawba. Responders reported the roadway is completely blocked to traffic. The NC Department of Transportation is working on a detour for travelers. Responders expect the roadway to be closed for two hours on U.S. 70 at Sharon School Road.
No injuries were reported at this time. No other vehicles appeared to be involved.
The Maiden Blue Devils tennis team won a conference match Tuesday at home against the Newton-Conover Red Devils. Maiden won 7-2, and the match results are listed below.
MAIDEN 7, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
Kaylyn Key(M) def Ellie Choppa 6-0, 6-2; Cinderella Yang(M) def Hannah Sigmon 7-5, 6-2; Alex Barone(NC) def Molly Black 6-2, 6-1; Michelle Lor(M) def Brittany Wuokko 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Nhoell Inthavong(M) def Deanna Desert 6-4, 6-4; Taylor Johnson(M) def Jessica Abernathy 6-0, 6-2
The Hickory Crawdads scored five runs through the first five innings to rally from an early 2-0 deficit. But Delmarva rallied from the 5-2 deficit Tuesday and defeated the Crawdads 11-6 in the series finale at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Shorebirds scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the come-from-behind win.
The loss Tuesday keeps Hickory three games behind Lakewood, which split a doubleheader Tuesday with Hagerstown. Lakewood and Hickory play a four-game series starting Wednesday at Frans Stadium.
After a water leak disrupted Newton water service this week, the city's water customers should boil any water they use.
According to an advisory issued by the city of Newton, periods of low pressure or no pressure that occurred following a water line break Tuesday increases the potential for "back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system."
As a result the state's department of environmental health advises Newton water customers "to boil all water used for human consumption, including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands."