The Observer News Enterprise unveiled its first-ever Fact Book this week, and the one-of-a-kind publication is a resource guide for every Catawba County citizen.
"This unique 64-page publication is filled with facts and historical information about Catawba County and its municipalities, as well as contact information for government, recreational and businesses operations throughout the county," said O-N-E Publisher Michael Willard. "We know this book will be a great tool for citizens throughout 2011 when they are trying to contact leaders, navigate the legal system or get the power turned on."
The new publication is also filled with businesses that are the foundation of Catawba County — the businesses who employ our citizens, contribute important tax revenue and strengthen the economy.
Catawba County Fact Book 2011 is free to all subscribers of The O-N-E and Outlook, Willard said.
"We invite all our readers to stop by our offices in downtown Newton and pick-up a copy of this great guide for our county," he said, adding the books will not be distributed through the mail. "Stop by our office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick-up your Fact Book today. We've got one copy reserved for every one of our subscribers' households."
Additional copies of the book will also be available at government buildings, visitor information centers, hospitals and businesses. Area residents can look for Fact Book 2011 in waiting rooms and other popular places throughout the county.
"Of course just like our county and its communities, our Fact Book is a work in progress," Willard said. "If there's any important information that needs to be added to our publication, let us know and we'll be sure to get it included in Fact Book 2012."
Willard invites readers to submit ideas for future inclusion in The O-N-E's Fact Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
"We hope the community will enjoy this important resource guide for our county," Willard said. "I know it will be a great reference tool for citizens throughout 2011."