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August 27th, 2010
The University Christian High School Barracudas had their first pep rally Thursday to prepare for an upcoming girlâs volleyball game.
And while the Lady Barracudas played Thursday night, UCHS officials met with parents to discuss plans for the schoolâs new facility.
âThis is for kids who are really, really motivated and fairly mature,â said UCHS Principal Jerry Willard. âThis is fulfilling the mission of education in Catawba County.â
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley was recognized Friday as one of 97 models for workplace safety in North Carolina.
The center was presented the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certificate by North Carolina Transportation Commissioner Cherie K. Berry.
âThank you, thank you for everything you do,â Berry told Hospice employees at a reception Friday.
Berry experienced Hospice services first hand when her mother was care for in the hospice center in Caldwell County.
The Main Library in Newton is expected to open its children and teen sections next week following repairs for extensive water damage.
Heavy rain on Aug. 18 and 19 caused water to leak inside the library, which damaged several paperback books, as well as the libraryâs carpet and molding around the ceiling.
âWeâre hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,â said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.
The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
âAmazingly, very few books were damaged,â Reed said. âWater just came in and poured down on the area.â
A Hickory teenager is recovering Thursday after falling from a moving vehicle earlier this week.
James Patrick Walton, 16, sustained head injuries during the fall and is in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Walton was sitting on the trunk of a stationary 1995 Eagle Talon at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the residential area in the 700 block of 37th Avenue NE in Hickory.
Another teenager, Damion Alexander Sietz, 16, of Hickory, was also sitting on the vehicleâs trunk beside Walton.
It sounds like the latest script from a science fiction movie â men in bright green, full-body jumpsuits search an abandoned warehouse for a dangerous substance leaking into the atmosphere.
But for the Catawba County Emergency Servicesâ HAZMAT team, itâs just another day on the job.
The 35-person crew, comprised of volunteers from area emergency management teams, conducted a training session Thursday to prepare for an evaluation of their services in November.
Joyce Murphy and her husband Mike finished the 2009 Soldiers Reunion Bike Ride in last place.
âWe were last â dead last,â Mike said.
One year and thousands of miles of bike riding later, Joyce completed a 60-mile bike ride across Catawba County to celebrate her 60th birthday.
âI just thought it was something I could feasibly do,â Joyce said. âIâm really just doing it for myself. I thought, âWhy not?ââ
Joyce and Mike, who live in Newton, started riding bikes together two weeks before the 2009 reunion ride, and after their first ride, they were hooked.
Newton officials have just announced that water quality tests confirmed the city's water is safe to drink.
Newton City Manager Todd Clark said tests completed at various locations throughout the city's water system indicated that no contamination exists within the system. As a result, he said there is no need for citizens to continue boiling water before consuming or using it.
It may have been two hours late for some schools, but the first day of school ran smoothly Wednesday for area teachers, students and parents.
âWe started with a two-hour delay, but everything went wellâ said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond. âTeachers did a great job with introducing students to the new school year.â
Newton-Conover City Schools and Startown and Balls Creek elementary schools opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday following a water line break Tuesday in Newton that threatened water pressure and sanitation for city water customers.
Newton restored to water service Wednesday after a broken water line affected citizens.
And while the tap has been turned on again, the impacts of the fracture in a 16-inch water main along U.S. 70 may continue into Thursday.
"Right now our system is pressurized, and we are not aware of any leaks or problems at this point," said Newton Assistant City Manager Glenn Pattishall. "Our crews, along with some crews from Hickory Sand worked on (the broken line) during the evening (Tuesday) and the early part of (Wednesday) and got it fixed."
Area school cafeterias made major adjustments Wednesday to provide students with lunch without using water during preparations.
âWhen we have an emergency, weâre prepared,â said Karen Duncan, Catawba County Schools child nutrition director.
Newton city officials asked water customers to boil water they use following a break Tuesday in a city water line. Low pressure that occurred from the break increased the potential for bacteria in the water.
As a result, school cafeterias were forced to change their plans for back-to-school lunch preparation.