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August 27th, 2010

Hospice recognized for safety

August 27, 2010

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.

“Thank you, thank you for everything you do,” 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.

August 26th

Library sections to reopen

August 26, 2010

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 library’s carpet and molding around the ceiling.

“We’re hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,” said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.

The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
“Amazingly, very few books were damaged,” Reed said. “Water just came in and poured down on the area.”

Teen falls from moving car

August 26, 2010

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 vehicle’s trunk beside Walton.

HAZMAT team trains with drill

August 26, 2010

It sounds like the latest script from a science fiction movie – 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 Services’ HAZMAT team, it’s 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.

60 years, 60 miles

August 26, 2010

Joyce Murphy and her husband Mike finished the 2009 Soldiers Reunion Bike Ride in last place.

“We were last – dead last,” 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.
“I just thought it was something I could feasibly do,” Joyce said. “I’m really just doing it for myself. I thought, ‘Why not?’”

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 water SAFE to drink

August 26, 2010

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.

August 25th

First day runs smoothly

August 25, 2010

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.

“We started with a two-hour delay, but everything went well” said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond. “Teachers did a great job with introducing students to the new school year.”

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 water lines back in service

August 25, 2010

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."

Schools manage despite water restrictions

August 25, 2010

Area school cafeterias made major adjustments Wednesday to provide students with lunch without using water during preparations.
“When we have an emergency, we’re prepared,” 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.

City gives free water

August 25, 2010

Newton purchased 4,000 gallons of water Tuesday to distribute to residents who were without water because of a water main break.
The city purchased 1,000 cases, which each held four gallons of water, from Merchant Distributors Inc. Flowers Bakery donated a tractor-trailer to Newton to transport the water from MDI to Newton Public Works on Tuesday afternoon.

"The decision to purchase water was made about the time we made the decision to turn off the water in the area (Tuesday)," said Glenn Pattishall, Newton assistant city manager and planning director.

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