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Library sections to reopen

August 26, 2010

The Main Library in Newton is expected to open its children and teen sections next week following repairs for extensive water damage.

Heavy rain on Aug. 18 and 19 caused water to leak inside the library, which damaged several paperback books, as well as the library’s carpet and molding around the ceiling.

“We’re hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,” said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.

The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
“Amazingly, very few books were damaged,” Reed said. “Water just came in and poured down on the area.”

Teen falls from moving car

August 26, 2010

A Hickory teenager is recovering Thursday after falling from a moving vehicle earlier this week.

James Patrick Walton, 16, sustained head injuries during the fall and is in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Walton was sitting on the trunk of a stationary 1995 Eagle Talon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the residential area in the 700 block of 37th Avenue NE in Hickory.

Another teenager, Damion Alexander Sietz, 16, of Hickory, was also sitting on the vehicle’s trunk beside Walton.

HAZMAT team trains with drill

August 26, 2010

It sounds like the latest script from a science fiction movie – men in bright green, full-body jumpsuits search an abandoned warehouse for a dangerous substance leaking into the atmosphere.

But for the Catawba County Emergency Services’ HAZMAT team, it’s just another day on the job.

The 35-person crew, comprised of volunteers from area emergency management teams, conducted a training session Thursday to prepare for an evaluation of their services in November.

60 years, 60 miles

August 26, 2010

Joyce Murphy and her husband Mike finished the 2009 Soldiers Reunion Bike Ride in last place.

“We were last – dead last,” Mike said.

One year and thousands of miles of bike riding later, Joyce completed a 60-mile bike ride across Catawba County to celebrate her 60th birthday.
“I just thought it was something I could feasibly do,” Joyce said. “I’m really just doing it for myself. I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Joyce and Mike, who live in Newton, started riding bikes together two weeks before the 2009 reunion ride, and after their first ride, they were hooked.

Newton water SAFE to drink

August 26, 2010

Newton officials have just announced that water quality tests confirmed the city's water is safe to drink.

Newton City Manager Todd Clark said tests completed at various locations throughout the city's water system indicated that no contamination exists within the system. As a result, he said there is no need for citizens to continue boiling water before consuming or using it.

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