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August 4th, 2011
In the past, landfills were abundant in North Carolina. At one point, more than 90 large-scale dumping sites were scattered throughout the state, and nearly every county had its own site. Over time, landfills do just that â fill up â and requirements make it hard for some to continue.
âšCatawba County still has one of 41 landfills left in the state, but as the name suggests, the countyâs EcoComplex does a lot more than collect waste. Between the cracks and behind the scenes, it does a lot for the average citizen than it appears on the surface. Â
A Newton coupleâs late-night stroll was interrupted Wednesday night after two men robbed the lovers at gunpoint.
Police say Francisco Francisco Matzuy, 61, of Newton, was walking with his girlfriend near the intersection of Main Street and Herman Street in Newton at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two black male suspects approached the couple. One of the men had a silver revolver and pointed the gun at Matzuy.
The suspect with the gun told Matzuy to, âGive me your wallet. Give me all your money,â said Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
The N.C, General Assembly added five more instructional days to the 2011-12 school calendar, but that doesn't mean Catawba County's students will face any extra time in the classroom.
Instead, the county's teachers will.
While Newton leaders say they are not compensated for providing emergency medical response to the rural fire district Newton Fire Department serves, county officials say that is not true. In addition, county leaders say Newton receives the same funding as other departments in the county âÂ and those departments provide medical first response.
Since 2008, unemployment rankings and income levels have been thrown around in conversation by politicians and the average citizen alike. While some believe the âGreat Recessionâ is nearing an end, others think the worst is yet to come. âšNeedless to say, economic statistics have filled debate about the financial âcrisisâ going on in the country.
For three straight years, Newton leaders have sought a 2-cent increase in the rural fire district tax levied on residents living within the 25 square miles the city's fire department serves.
And for three straight years, Catawba County officials have denied those requests.
Now, as the county seeks to renew a mutual aide fire protection agreement with fire departments countywide â an agreement that removes $2,400 those departments previously received â Newton leaders are the ones having reservations.
Newton banned parking along "Lover's Lane" near Newton-Conover High School, and some residents of the North Deal Avenue block aren't happy about it.
"I don't like it," said North Deal Avenue resident Red Reitzel.
Another resident of the street, Michael Jackson, said city officials should "leave it alone like it is," even though Newton Police says NCHS students are parking along the street to engage in drug and sexual activity.
A Vale man is in serious condition after his motorcycle crashed into steel cable dividing the median on U.S. 321.
N.C. Highway Patrol reports Noah Lopez, 23, of Vale, was driving his Buell motorcycle south on U.S. 321 at about 5 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control and ran off the road into the median near the River Road exit. His motorcycle then slammed into steel cables that divide the median.
Arie Taylor was in elementary school the first time she tried her hand at painting. She was a fourth-grader at Banoak School in rural Catawba County and was immediately enthralled by the simple fun of making a blank canvas glow.
âI thought it was fun; every single thing about it was fun,â Taylor said.
Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, art supplies were hard to come by, and Taylor said her newly found passion was shortly put on hold due to a lack of available supplies.
âThere was nowhere around here then that sold art supplies,â Taylor said.
Area municipal governments are saying a proposed rate increase by Duke Energy would be âunpalatableâ during tough economic times.
Duke Energy Carolinas provides power to many residents in Catawba County, and the company is asking the N.C. Utilities Commission for about a 15 percent average increase in electricity rates.
The city of Conover passed a resolution Monday that voices opposition to a proposed electricity rate increase by Duke Energy, which provides to city residents, as well as the city itself.