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June 28th, 2011

CCS Board approves personnel cuts

June 28, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved to cut 34 certified positions and 27 teacher assistant positions at its Monday meeting.

The 34 positions cut include:
2 central office positions
1.5 ESL teachers
11.5 exceptional children teachers
6 elementary positions
1 middle school position
6 high school positions
2 high school media positions
2 high school counselors
1 dropout prevention counselor
1 More at Four position

EcoComplex development continues

June 28, 2011

County officials and workers are putting the “finishing touches” on the new facility that is turning waste into energy. 


Jack Chandler, assistant director for Catawba County Utilities and Engineering, said development to the Catawba County Regional EcoComplex and Resource Recovery Facility is continuing and going to plan. 


June 27th

County ranks high in recycling

June 27, 2011



Lorena Pankey unscrewed an old bottle of motor oil and tilted it upside down.
 Thick and chocolate-like goop came slowly oozing out of the white bottle and into the oil recycling tank at the Blackburn Convenience Center in Newton. She wiped perspiration from her forehead.


“I’m glad there’s a place where I can get rid of all this junk,” Pankey said. “It’s less waste I have to deal with.” 


New recycling laws

June 27, 2011

In three days, a long list of new laws approved in recent legislature will go into effect.


Among the many changes is something that effects every Catawba County resident — waste disposal and recycling.


Postal Service seeks financial assistance

June 27, 2011

GREENSBORO — The U.S. Postal Service asked members of Congress — including Rep. Patrick McHenry, a member of the Postal Service’s oversight committee, and Rep. David Price, a member of the House appropriations committee — to enact legislation to return the organization to financial stability.

In a letter signed jointly by Board of Governors Chairman Louis Giuliano and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, USPS urged McHenry and Price to support action to:
— Eliminate current mandates requiring $5.5 billion annual retiree health benefit pre-payments;

City unveils new website

June 27, 2011

The city of Newton recently unveiled its new website which features an easier design for easy navigation to learn more about the city, its departments and services.

Some highlights of the new website, still located at www.newtonnc.gov, include a printable calendar of events, a news scroll, share/print buttons, directions and a map of all City facilities, departmental information, downloadable documents, a “How Do I?” menu, community links and more.

Jason Clay, Information Systems director, has been diligently working with a team of city employees to develop the new website.

June 24th

Teen Pregnancy Declines, Remains An Issue

June 24, 2011

Today’s teenagers are faced with important decisions, such as where to apply for their first job, what car they’ll drive and where they’ll go to college. For some teens, however, decisions are more likely to involve what brand of diapers to use and what kind of formula to purchase.

At an alarming rate, teenagers are engaging in sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancies.

Students Learn Parenting Skills

June 24, 2011

Students throughout Catawba County high schools aren’t just learning about history, math and science anymore. In addition to algebra problems and chemistry experiments, students also have the option of learning how to be parents.

Parenting and Child Development is offered at every Catawba County high school. Part of the Career and Technical Education program, Parenting and Child Development gives students the opportunity to learn the basic theories of child development, as well as effective parenting techniques.

Teen Up, Catawba County

June 24, 2011

School is out for the summer, but Catawba County teenagers don’t have to worry about filling the void that once contained pop quizzes and final exams.

Teen Up, a program offered by Catawba County Social Services, is a free program that provides area preteens and teens an opportunity to engage in conversation, as well as activities, that promote the discussion of common adolescent issues like handling peer pressure, making smart choices and taking advantage of educational opportunities.

County woman charged

June 24, 2011

A Catawba County woman is facing charges in connection with the theft of equestrian equipment and forging checks.

Kellie Ann Linker, 48, 7208 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one felony count of larceny.

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