Catawba County leaders say a newly opened biodiesel research facility will attract more business to the area, save money on fuel and reduce the areaâ€™s carbon footprint. State leaders call it a â€śmodel for the future.â€ť
â€¨But the largest attribute of the facility may be the collaboration between big groups â€“ something federal, state and local leaders all agree is necessary for positive change.
â€¨â€¨â€¨Austin Frye says drug abuse in high school has changed.
â€¨A rising junior at Newton-Conover High School, Frye said teens are going beyond â€śsmoking potâ€ť and are experimenting with drugs found in nearly every household â€“ prescription medications.
â€¨â€śI have all these friends at high school doing these pills,â€ť Frye said.
â€śThere are a lot of drugs and a lot of pills. They are smoking cigarettes and trying prescription drugs.â€ť
One worker was taken to the hospital on Monday after a machine caught on fire in a Newton manufacturing facility.
Fire officials say a dotting machine caught on fire on the third floor of Carolina Specialty Fabrics in Newton, and one employee was taken to the hospital after inhaling too much smoke. A dotting machine is used to put traction material on fabrics used for gloves, said Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder.