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March 7th, 2014
Due to weather that arrived late Thursday and continued into the morning hours, all three school systems in Catawba County are closed on Friday.
Newton-Conover City, Catawba County and Hickory Public schools all announced their closings on Friday morning. There is an optional teacher work day for all three systems on Friday, as well.
The city of Claremont is about to get a hot new makeover by its very own citizens.
The city has designated six to eight fire hydrants in the downtown area to be reimagined into pieces of community artwork.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Within the city of Conover lies a sleeping giant thatâ€™s ready to be awakened.
Since October 2013, the Republic Recycling Service in Conover has been recently building what they call a Single Stream Machine.
The machine itself stands as tall as the recycling facility itâ€™s stored in.
A new way to pay your utilities bill was featured in last nights Newton City Council meeting.
Conover Fire Department will soon start the hiring process for three new full-time positions made available by a SAFER grant awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Department of Homeland Security.
Conover City Council approved this grant and the addition of these positions at their Monday night meeting.
Pending City Council approval, the Conover Fire Department has been awarded a two-year grant for $226,434. The grant is a SAFER grant awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security which will provide the salary and benefits for three full-time firefighter positions for the two-year span.
Amanda Duncan, a Catawba County native who has worked in the Catawba County Elections Office since 2007, has been appointed by the Catawba County Board of Elections to serve as the countyâ€™s new Director of Elections.Â
Duncan, who will start her new duties on March 3, succeeds Larry Brewer, who retired on Feb. 28 after serving as Director of Elections since April 2000.
The past, present and future of Newtonâ€™s business sector was showcased on Thursday at the Old Post Office Playhouse as part of the 2nd Annual Newton Business Meeting.
A total of 59 businesses at the event were honored and recognized. Each business was presented with a special certificate honoring them for being a part of the Newton community.
Catawba Valley Community College announced the â€śOur School, Our Brandâ€ť campaign this week in which a new mascot will be selected to represent CVCC.
The new brand at CVCC looks to embody all of the past and future success of CVCC and the Catawba Valley area through the naming of a new mascot.
Katherine â€śKittyâ€ť Barnes announced Wednesday that she will seek another term as a Catawba County Commissioner.
In her 28 years of public service, Barnes has been a member of both the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education. She has been a strong advocate for Catawba County citizens at the regional, state and federal levels of government.