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August 26th, 2010

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.

Belle bound for Belfast

August 26, 2010

After numerous voice training lessons and theatrical performances, Makenzie Simpson will open a new curtain on stage in Northern Ireland.

Simpson, a 2008 Fred T. Foard graduate and current performing arts major at Lees-McRae College, was accepted to study abroad this fall at Belfast Metropolitan University in Northern Ireland.

"(Ireland) is always a place I wanted to go," said Simpson, 19. "This is something that will stay with me for a long time."

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."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 25, 2010

Benny Monroe Lineberger, 75, of Catawba, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Lineberger family.

John Daniel Wilkinson, 84, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Wilkinson family.

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.

Maiden Wins Devils' Duel

August 25, 2010

The Maiden Blue Devils tennis team won a conference match Tuesday at home against the Newton-Conover Red Devils. Maiden won 7-2, and the match results are listed below.

MAIDEN 7, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
SINGLES
Kaylyn Key(M) def Ellie Choppa 6-0, 6-2; Cinderella Yang(M) def Hannah Sigmon 7-5, 6-2; Alex Barone(NC) def Molly Black 6-2, 6-1; Michelle Lor(M) def Brittany Wuokko 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Nhoell Inthavong(M) def Deanna Desert 6-4, 6-4; Taylor Johnson(M) def Jessica Abernathy 6-0, 6-2
 
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