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August 25th, 2010

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.

Shelter to close, animals euthanized

August 25, 2010

About 200 cats and dogs living in the Catawba County Animal Shelter will be euthanized following the outbreak of a mysterious illness.

The facility closed Wednesday for extensive sanitization in an attempt to control the deadly illness and stop it from spreading. Sanitation is expected to last until Sept. 7.

“We don’t know what the illness is,” said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager. “We don’t even know it’s a virus at this point.”
All shelter animals are believed to be exposed to the illness, and for safety precautions, must be euthanized.

Tractor-trailer overturns

August 25, 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.

Newton residents should boil water

August 25, 2010

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."

Water problem delays school start

August 25, 2010

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.

August 24th

Water line break a 'budget buster"

August 24, 2010

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."

CCS budget drops 2 positions

August 24, 2010

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.

Search starts for new superintendent

August 24, 2010

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."

Inmate caught with suspected cocaine

August 24, 2010

A Catawba County sheriff’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 “attempting to do something to the vent in his cell.”

Roberts continued with his duties in the detention facility but returned to McIlwain’s cell shortly after.

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