September 7th, 2010
A member of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday he will not fulfill the remainder of his term on the board.
Glenn Barger submitted his resignation from the Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting in light of his new position as interim superintendent of Catawba County Schools.
Two hours after the Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened, 20 animals were surrendered to the shelter’s care.
At this rate, the shelter, which has a capacity of 78 animals, will return to its overcrowded conditions within weeks.
“In two weeks, we’ll be back to where we were before,” said Jay Blatche, Catawba County Animal Services manager.
The shelter re-opened Tuesday after a complete sanitation of the facility following the outbreak of two mystery illnesses, which ultimately led to about 200 cats and dogs being euthanized.
Gregory Fain Cox, 51, of Conover, passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Cox family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Constance “Connie” Austin Sipe, 88, of Conover, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.
Two unknown illnesses contributed to the euthanasia deaths of 200 cats and dogs in the Catawba County Animal Shelter.
Both cats and dogs in the shelter exhibited similar symptoms of high fever and vomiting, but the illnesses are not the same, said Catawba County Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton on Tuesday in a presentation to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
The type of illness remains unknown, despite tests by animal shelter officials and outside veterinary laboratories.
Michael Fox doesnâ€™t claim to be the inventor of the dulcijo, but he certainly plays the hybrid instrument like itâ€™s all his own.
Fox, 54, of Hickory, started experimenting several years ago on the design of an instrument with the neck of a dulcimer and the drum of a banjo, and after infusing the right parts in each instrument into one music-maker, the dulcijo was born.
â€śIt finally, after about five or 10 years, came together,â€ť Fox said. â€śI just came up with this name, and I thought it was unique.â€ť
The Catawba County Animal Shelter is expected to reopen today after a 13-day cleaning process to rid the facility of a deadly illness.
Catawba County Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton will present an update about the shelterâ€™s reopening Tuesday during the Catawba County Board of Commissioners regular meeting.
Catawba County Animal Services Manager Jay Blatche said Monday the sanitation process, which includes cleaning the building with bleach, antimicrobial agents and a pressure washer, is on schedule, and the facility is expected to reopen today.
The 2010 hurricane season is under way, and a stormâ€™s path of travel could affect the severity of its destruction in Catawba County.
â€śWe actually worry more about (storms) that come from the Gulf Coast,â€ť said Karyn Yaussy, Catawba County Emergency Management coordinator.
Hurricane Hugo, the 1989 storm that devastated parts of western North Carolina and caused more than $7 billion in damage, traveled near the Gulf Coast and across the Appalachian Mountains.
The water line break in Newton was a challenge for the cityâ€™s Public Works employees.
â€śThat was the worst leak Iâ€™ve seen,â€ť said Tim Abernethy, Newton Water Plant supervisor. â€śIâ€™ve seen some come close, but not that bad.â€ť
Crews worked more than 24 hours to repair the pipe that broke around 3 a.m. Aug. 24, and the incident, which cost the city millions of gallons of water, was a learning experience for everyone involved.
Maiden’s new police chief said two words described his feelings after being sworn into his position: excited and nervous.
“It’s excitement for the opportunity that I’ve been provided by the council and the mayor to be part of a team effort to make the police department better,” said Chief Tracy Ledford, who started his career in law enforcement at Maiden Police Department in 1994. “I’m also excited to continue forming strong relationships with the community.”
But Ledford was nervous, too, about his new job.
Newton Animal Control Officer Dustin Grant isn’t your average dog catcher.
Yes, he manages the city’s stray cats, dogs and the occasional wild hog, but if you’ve got a complaint about a neighbor’s pesky unkempt grass, he manages that, too.
“We handle a lot of dogs running loose, especially in summertime,” Grant said. “But there’s more to it than that.”