Archive - Jan 20, 2011 - News Article
Twenty-three Catawba County children died in 2009-10. Although that's a relatively low number compared to years past, it's a number county leaders want to see continually decreasing.
Catawba County's Child Protection/Child Fatality Team compiles statistics and information about each child's death in Catawba County, whether it be from a long-term illness or a motor vehicle crash.
"We talk about what happened and what we can do better," said Jennifer McCracken, of the Child Fatality Team.
Gov. Bev Perdue said Thursday she opposes privatization of the state's liquor sales, which is the announcement county leaders hoped for.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution in December opposing efforts to privatize the state- and locally controlled system, and the county manager's office also voiced its opposition.
Perdue spoke Thursday at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) annual legislative conference in Durham and told county leaders she thought privatization wasn't the right option for North Carolina.
Commissioners adopted state and federal legislative goals for Catawba County in preparation for the General Assembly's next session, which starts Wednesday.
The Board of Commissioners adopts state and federal legislative agendas annually to highlight issues important to the county and its residents.
Proposed agendas were developed in collaboration with major county agencies, including the county's three school systems, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Western Piedmont Council of Governments and county municipalities.
Improved customer service and convenience could come to Newton utility bill payers, but if it does, it will come at a price.
Newton City Council is considering plans to create an electronic bill payment option for city utility customers. Proposals introduced this week could give citizens the option of making bill payments online, in person at city hall with credit and debit cards, or both.