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March 14, 2013



Catawba County will offer a two night course on the programs and structure of the county government in late April.   “Catawba County University” will be held on the evenings of Tuesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Catawba County University will focus on different areas of County service to citizens, with an emphasis on explaining programs and services through real-life stories.

The two sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 25, 2013, in the conference room at the Hospice House at 7473 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford.  The class will be limited to 30 participants and there is no cost. 

Anyone interested in registering for Catawba County University should send an e-mail to or call 828-465-8464, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013.

“We’ve offered a class about Catawba County government for citizens since 1994 and have been pleased to hear from people` living in the Sherrills Ford and Terrell areas who have asked us to again hold the classes in that area”, said Dave Hardin, Catawba County Public Information Officer, who is organizing the classes.  “A committee of County employees, whose work involves public information, public relations or media relations, helped us create the latest version of the class, which runs over two afternoon and evening sessions and has been very successfully staged since 2009.  Although the class will be held in the southeastern part of the county, anyone living anywhere in the Catawba County is welcome to attend.”  

The classes will begin on April 23 with a discussion of the County’s management structure and organization and the process by which the County’s annual budget is created.

One session will be on Catawba County’s work to assist families, with a discussion about Public Health and Social Services.  Another will cover how the County helps protect citizens and will include an overview of the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services. 

“We’ll explore environmental protection and the County’s nationally known ‘green’ programs, such as our EcoComplex, as well as planning and library services”, Hardin added.  “We will also ask those who sign up for the class to vote on other aspects of Catawba County Government they will learn about during the course.”

For more information on the Catawba County University classes on county government, or to register by Friday, April 12, 2013, you may send an e-mail to or call 828-465-8464.