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Fire chief responds to 'incorrect' claims

June 17, 2011

Newton’s fire chief is denying claims that his department has “officially” stopped providing mutual aid to other areas in the county.

“We have always provided mutual aid, and we are continuing to do that today,” said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder. “We do still respond to mutual aid from any department who requests that from us.”

New animal shelter plans start

June 17, 2011

County commissioners have authorized a design phase for a new animal shelter, a facility that County commissioner Tom Lundy said may begin construction during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Catawba County’s current animal shelter has a capacity of 78 animals, but houses about 200 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals on a daily basis. Walking down the shelter’s hallways, about seven dogs are assigned to one run — numbers that shelter manager Jay Blatche said are unacceptable.

Stopping Crime Before It Starts

June 17, 2011

It’s that time of year when Catawba County families gear up for weekend getaways and extended stays at the beach. However, before leaving for vacation, don’t forget to properly secure your home.

Claremont Police Chief Gerald Tolbert said that when it comes to break-ins, there are two types of criminals that homeowners should be aware of.

Amateurs are opportunists and take advantage of things like unlocked doors, poorly secured windows and visible cash or expensive merchandise that is easily taken away, Tolbert said.

Reunion Pageants set

June 17, 2011

Applications now being accepted for annual Reunion Week pageants.

As plans get under way for the 122nd annual Soldiers Reunion, registration has begun for contestants in the five Miss Reunion beauty pageants – the forerunner of Catawba County’s major patriotic festival. And to commemorate the milestone year for Newton's Soldiers Reunion, this year's pageant will include cash prizes.

The Miss Reunion title will be bestowed on area girls and young women during a series of three evenings of competition, which precede the August Reunion Week activities in the county seat city.

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