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January 13th, 2011

There is 'Room at the Inn'

January 13, 2011

Snow continues to melt in Catawba County.

But every night, as the sun sinks down and the cold sets in, there are people who have nowhere to go.

These homeless men and women face potentially life-threatening temperatures when they spend the night exposed to the elements, and that's a problem one Newton church won't let continue.

First Presbyterian Church, on North Main Avenue, offers its Room at the Inn program for people who don't have a warm, safe place to spend the night.

Storytime goes online

January 13, 2011

When most people think of storytime, they think of children sitting cross-legged in a circle, watching excitedly as an adult reads a book.

Storytime still works that way at Catawba County libraries, but with the help of grant funding, the system will put a 21st century spin on an old favorite.

The Catawba County Library System received a $300 mini-grant from the state Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office to help the system's storytime programs go digital.

Thieves steal drugs, cash

January 13, 2011

Unknown suspects stole medicine and money from a Newton pharmacy.

An employee at The Medicap Pharmacy, located at 401 W. A St., arrived at work Wednesday to find the store was broken into and property was missing.

Newton Police Capt. Kevin Yarborough said the incident occurred some time late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The damage was reported at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, and the business was last secure at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.

January 12th

Resolution for health

January 12, 2011

It could be months before Catawba County residents walk along the seashore in a bathing suit, but that won't stop resolution-makers from getting a jump start on their fitness goals for the new year.

Resolution season is in full swing this month, and county fitness centers noticed an increase in their membership as more people vow to have a healthier 2011.

The Shuford YMCA in Conover had 108 new memberships since December, which Community Wellness director Daniel White said can be attributed, in part, to New Year's resolutions.

Vehicle barrels into building

January 12, 2011

A Claremont man was injured Wednesday after his SUV slid on ice and crashed into a building.

Joshua Gage Byrd, 19, was driving west on West B Street in Newton when he turned into a shopping center to purchase cigarettes, said Newton Police Sgt. D.T. Harris.

Byrd was traveling about 20 mph when he pressed on the brakes of his Ford Explorer and drove down a hill into the shopping center.

Harris said the hill was covered in ice, and Byrd's vehicle crashed into the shopping center.

No 'fizz' for Conover

January 12, 2011

Soda machines in Conover might feel neglected during January, or at least that's what the city's mayor hopes.

Conover is participating in an initiative to elminate soda and encourage healthy hydration in North and South Carolina. Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr., city officials and staff committed to 30 days of no soda. Instead of fizzy drinks, participants drink at least 60 ounces of water a day to remain hydrated.

The Mayor's Challenge is part of NoFizzCLT, a nonprofit organization designed to educate the public about the dangers of drinking too much soda and not enough water.

Thursday school schedules set

January 12, 2011

Hard work from schools' maintenance departments and area public works departments isn't enough to get all students back in school Thursday.
Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools canceled classes for students Thursday, after surveying roads Wednesday afternoon. Newton-Conover City Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Thursday.
"Our maintenance department has been working, since the snow and sleet stopped falling, to clear walkways and partial areas of the parking lots for staff," said CCS interim superintendent Glenn Barger in an e-mail to staff Wednesday.

January 11th

Weather changes meetings, library hours

January 11, 2011

Library closings
All branches of the Catawba County Library will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday because icy roads expected tonight.
Catawba County Library branches are located in Newton, Claremont, Conover and Maiden, and in the Sherrills Ford, Southwest and St. Stephens areas of Catawba County.
Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the Ridgeview Library will close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Recreation
Highland Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday and all evening classes are canceled.

Shoppers make weather purchases

January 11, 2011

Everyone knows winter preparedness is critical before, during and
after a winter storm strikes.

This week's snow and ice was the second major storm of this winter but Catawba County residents continue to purchase emergency items and services needed in light of adverse weather conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, people should compile emergency preparedness kits to use during winter storm events.

The NWS says these kits should include the following items:

-A flashlight and extra batteries.

Newton works to craft "modern, professional" website

January 11, 2011

Newton wants to make one of its windows to the world more "modern and professional" looking.

At the same time, however, the city wants to also "keep it simple."

"We are looking for ways to redesign our website. The current site has been here for about five years, and there have been no significant changes to the design," said Jason Clay, Newton Information Systems director. "We set the objective of making it more modern and professional looking. It doesn't take much to recognize a professional looking website."

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