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June 28th, 2011

CCS fights transportation, overtime funds

June 28, 2011

Catawba County Schools transportation funds were cut 2.5 percent "across the board," according to the state education budget. With the decrease, CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger recommended the board consider implementing ways to reduce overtime. One idea includes hiring 62 contract bus drivers.
In essence, these 62 individuals will be part-time employees with CCS, which will help the school system reduce overtime funds. Barger said the bus drivers will be certified.

CCS Board approves personnel cuts

June 28, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved to cut 34 certified positions and 27 teacher assistant positions at its Monday meeting.

The 34 positions cut include:
2 central office positions
1.5 ESL teachers
11.5 exceptional children teachers
6 elementary positions
1 middle school position
6 high school positions
2 high school media positions
2 high school counselors
1 dropout prevention counselor
1 More at Four position

EcoComplex development continues

June 28, 2011

County officials and workers are putting the “finishing touches” on the new facility that is turning waste into energy. 


Jack Chandler, assistant director for Catawba County Utilities and Engineering, said development to the Catawba County Regional EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility is continuing and going to plan. 


June 27th

Ex-NC State QB Wilson commits to Wisconsin

June 27, 2011

Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson is headed to Wisconsin, potentially solving one of the biggest trouble spots standing between the Badgers and a Big Ten title.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Monday that Wilson will compete for the Badgers’ starting job in the fall. The two-sport star most recently played in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system but apparently is ready to hang up his baseball spikes.

As preseason ends, Hornets await opener

June 27, 2011

The Catawba County Hornets football team completed the 2011 preseason Saturday against the Georgia Xtreme.

“We want to do as well as we can in these games, but we also want to evaluate the talent we have out here,” said Hornets’ coach Doug Frye. “We want to give everyone out here playing time, so we can see what they can do to help us in the regular season.”

The Xtreme went up 24-0 at halftime due to the performance of quarterback Anthony Wynn, who had two touchdown passes.

County ranks high in recycling

June 27, 2011



Lorena Pankey unscrewed an old bottle of motor oil and tilted it upside down.
 Thick and chocolate-like goop came slowly oozing out of the white bottle and into the oil recycling tank at the Blackburn Convenience Center in Newton. She wiped perspiration from her forehead.


“I’m glad there’s a place where I can get rid of all this junk,” Pankey said. “It’s less waste I have to deal with.” 


New recycling laws

June 27, 2011

In three days, a long list of new laws approved in recent legislature will go into effect.


Among the many changes is something that effects every Catawba County resident — waste disposal and recycling.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

June 27, 2011

Edith Marie Wease Lowe, 90, of Hickory, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Lowe family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Larry Douglas “Gabber” Gaddis, 53, of Catawba, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011, at his home.
The Gaddis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Postal Service seeks financial assistance

June 27, 2011

GREENSBORO — The U.S. Postal Service asked members of Congress — including Rep. Patrick McHenry, a member of the Postal Service’s oversight committee, and Rep. David Price, a member of the House appropriations committee — to enact legislation to return the organization to financial stability.

In a letter signed jointly by Board of Governors Chairman Louis Giuliano and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, USPS urged McHenry and Price to support action to:
— Eliminate current mandates requiring $5.5 billion annual retiree health benefit pre-payments;

City unveils new website

June 27, 2011

The city of Newton recently unveiled its new website which features an easier design for easy navigation to learn more about the city, its departments and services.

Some highlights of the new website, still located at www.newtonnc.gov, include a printable calendar of events, a news scroll, share/print buttons, directions and a map of all City facilities, departmental information, downloadable documents, a “How Do I?” menu, community links and more.

Jason Clay, Information Systems director, has been diligently working with a team of city employees to develop the new website.

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