September 7th, 2010
A Catawba woman is charged with felony hit and run following a collision that injured a 4-year-old boy.
Newton Police charged Paula Schronce Finney, 40, on Friday after she allegedly rear-ended a vehicle on Northwest Boulevard and left the scene before police arrived.
Kelvin Stacy Perkins, 39, of Conover, told police he was stopped at a red light near the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and West 15th Street when a vehicle struck him from behind, said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
Catawba County residents are one step closer to receiving notices in the mail detailing what their property is worth.
The Board of Commissioners accepted the tax office’s 2011 schedule of values, which outlines how the county’s 87,000 parcels of land will be valued by appraisers.
Catawba County tax administrator Mark Logan presented the schedule of values to the commissioners at the board’s Tuesday meeting.
A member of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday he will not fulfill the remainder of his term on the board.
Glenn Barger submitted his resignation from the Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting in light of his new position as interim superintendent of Catawba County Schools.
Two hours after the Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened, 20 animals were surrendered to the shelter’s care.
At this rate, the shelter, which has a capacity of 78 animals, will return to its overcrowded conditions within weeks.
“In two weeks, we’ll be back to where we were before,” said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager.
The shelter re-opened Tuesday after a complete sanitation of the facility following the outbreak of two mystery illnesses, which ultimately led to about 200 cats and dogs being euthanized.
Gregory Fain Cox, 51, of Conover, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Cox family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Constance “Connie” Austin Sipe, 88, of Conover, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.
Two unknown illnesses contributed to the euthanasia deaths of 200 cats and dogs in the Catawba County Animal Shelter.
Both cats and dogs in the shelter exhibited similar symptoms of high fever and vomiting, but the illnesses are not the same, said Catawba County Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton on Tuesday in a presentation to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
The type of illness remains unknown, despite tests by animal shelter officials and outside veterinary laboratories.
Michael Fox doesnâ€™t claim to be the inventor of the dulcijo, but he certainly plays the hybrid instrument like itâ€™s all his own.
Fox, 54, of Hickory, started experimenting several years ago on the design of an instrument with the neck of a dulcimer and the drum of a banjo, and after infusing the right parts in each instrument into one music-maker, the dulcijo was born.
â€śIt finally, after about five or 10 years, came together,â€ť Fox said. â€śI just came up with this name, and I thought it was unique.â€ť
The Catawba County Animal Shelter is expected to reopen today after a 13-day cleaning process to rid the facility of a deadly illness.
Catawba County Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton will present an update about the shelterâ€™s reopening Tuesday during the Catawba County Board of Commissioners regular meeting.
Catawba County Animal Services Manager Jay Blatche said Monday the sanitation process, which includes cleaning the building with bleach, antimicrobial agents and a pressure washer, is on schedule, and the facility is expected to reopen today.
The 2010 hurricane season is under way, and a stormâ€™s path of travel could affect the severity of its destruction in Catawba County.
â€śWe actually worry more about (storms) that come from the Gulf Coast,â€ť said Karyn Yaussy, Catawba County Emergency Management coordinator.
Hurricane Hugo, the 1989 storm that devastated parts of western North Carolina and caused more than $7 billion in damage, traveled near the Gulf Coast and across the Appalachian Mountains.
The water line break in Newton was a challenge for the cityâ€™s Public Works employees.
â€śThat was the worst leak Iâ€™ve seen,â€ť said Tim Abernethy, Newton Water Plant supervisor. â€śIâ€™ve seen some come close, but not that bad.â€ť
Crews worked more than 24 hours to repair the pipe that broke around 3 a.m. Aug. 24, and the incident, which cost the city millions of gallons of water, was a learning experience for everyone involved.