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August 25th, 2010
Two Catawba roads are shut down after a tractor-trailer overturned.
At about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, emergency responders went to the scene of an overturn tractor-trailer on U.S. 70 at Sharon School Road in Catawba. Responders reported the roadway is completely blocked to traffic. The NC Department of Transportation is working on a detour for travelers. Responders expect the roadway to be closed for two hours on U.S. 70 at Sharon School Road.
No injuries were reported at this time. No other vehicles appeared to be involved.
After a water leak disrupted Newton water service this week, the city's water customers should boil any water they use.
According to an advisory issued by the city of Newton, periods of low pressure or no pressure that occurred following a water line break Tuesday increases the potential for "back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system."
As a result the state's department of environmental health advises Newton water customers "to boil all water used for human consumption, including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands."
A broken water line in Newton has impacted service to customers throughout the city and prompted area school officials to delay the start of school by two hours for students.
Students in the Newton-Conover School System, as well as those attending Balls Creek and Startown elementary schools in the Catawba County School system, will start the school year on a two-hour delay Wednesday morning. The delay is for students only - staff will operate on a normal schedule.
A water line break in Newton early Tuesday is a "budget buster" said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax.
"There's nothing good about it," he said during an emergency meeting of Newton City Council on Tuesday. "We've lost a lot of water."
Catawba County Schools teachers are safe this year after the Board of Education approved its $142 million budget for the new school year.
Even though CCS will not make additional teacher cuts this year, an energy management position and a student services position were cut from this year's budget. Other possible teacher cuts were saved after faculty and staff retired from CCS, which left openings that will not be filled right now in order to protect jobs.
In addition, there is a 12.5 percent reduction in staff development.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education will release Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley 30 days earlier than his ending contract date.
Markley requested Monday the board release him from his position Sept. 30 in order to move and settle in Wilmington for his new job as superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.
"We respect that," said CCS Board Chairwoman Joyce Spencer. "It's the beginning of the school year, and we very much accept the fact that there are goals and direction that need to be set in New Hanover. It's not unusual at all for a superintendent to ask for a 60-day release."
A Catawba County sheriffâ€™s deputy found Sunday what appears to be crack cocaine under the mattress of a county inmate.
Deputy D. Roberts was serving lunch in the Catawba County Detention Facility when he saw Curese Devin McIlwain, 25, standing on the toilet in his cell.
According to the arrest report, Roberts saw McIlwain â€śattempting to do something to the vent in his cell.â€ť
Roberts continued with his duties in the detention facility but returned to McIlwainâ€™s cell shortly after.
Catawba County will temporarily close its Animal Shelter off Highway 321 in Newton, beginning on Wednesday, to allow for a thorough sanitation of the shelter. This decision follows an increasing number of cases of an upper respiratory illness that remains unidentified, in spite of extensive tests and treatment at the shelter and at two animal virus labs.
Both lanes of U.S. 70 were closed Tuesday about 4:45 p.m. after public works officials cut a gas line while attempting to locate a broken water line.
About 136 Newton residents in a 1.4-square mile area are without water after a water line break threatened the city's ability to provide water to customers.
Currently water service has been been discontinued for city water customers between St. Paul's Church Road and Boundary Street, including the Newton shopping center where Bi-Lo and several other businesses are located.
Two men killed in a head-on collision Sunday were suspects in a moped theft, which occurred earlier that morning.
Christopher Archie Greene, 27, of Newton, and Brian Odell Lail, 30, of Hickory, were traveling in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck on Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road in Newton about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. B.E. Hipp of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Greene was driving the vehicle and Lail was riding in the truck bed, allegedly holding a moped that was stolen earlier Sunday morning from Legends apartment complex at 2113 21st St. SE in Hickory.