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June 27th, 2011

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.

June 24th

Harper camp set for July 8-9 at Bandys

June 24, 2011

For the third straight year, Bandys High School hosts the Justin Harper Oddie Cares Foundation football camp.

The camp, which is operated by former Bandys, former Virginia Tech and current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Justin Harper, takes place July 8-9.

The first day of the camp will focus on high schools players, while day two features a free camp for kindergarten through 12th graders.
Harper said this year’s camp will differ from year’s past.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 24, 2011

Dorce Franklin Helms, 78, of Lincolnton, went to be with God on Thursday, June 23, 2011.  The Helms family has entrusted the arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.

Teen Pregnancy Declines, Remains An Issue

June 24, 2011

Today’s teenagers are faced with important decisions, such as where to apply for their first job, what car they’ll drive and where they’ll go to college. For some teens, however, decisions are more likely to involve what brand of diapers to use and what kind of formula to purchase.

At an alarming rate, teenagers are engaging in sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancies.

Students Learn Parenting Skills

June 24, 2011

Students throughout Catawba County high schools aren’t just learning about history, math and science anymore. In addition to algebra problems and chemistry experiments, students also have the option of learning how to be parents.

Parenting and Child Development is offered at every Catawba County high school. Part of the Career and Technical Education program, Parenting and Child Development gives students the opportunity to learn the basic theories of child development, as well as effective parenting techniques.

Teen Up, Catawba County

June 24, 2011

School is out for the summer, but Catawba County teenagers don’t have to worry about filling the void that once contained pop quizzes and final exams.

Teen Up, a program offered by Catawba County Social Services, is a free program that provides area preteens and teens an opportunity to engage in conversation, as well as activities, that promote the discussion of common adolescent issues like handling peer pressure, making smart choices and taking advantage of educational opportunities.

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