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The January edition of “Catawba Communities,” a monthly show featuring information about programs and services provided by local governments, school systems and associated agencies across Catawba County, is now airing on Charter Communications’ Government Channel (Channel 3), and will air throughout the month on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m.


This month’s program includes an interview with new Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, a report on the move of the Manufacturing Solutions Center to the Conover Station, and information on how citizens may volunteer to assist the City of Hickory and Catawba County Government by volunteering for service on dozens of boards and committees.


“Catawba Communities” brings information to the public about what governments and related agencies are doing, the various things that create the quality of life in these communities, and upcoming events.  Partners include the City of Claremont, City of Conover, City of Hickory, Town of Maiden, City of Newton, Catawba County, Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba Valley Community College, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, and Greater Hickory Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.


Highlights of the December show include: 

  • An introduction to Dr. Dan Brigman, new Catawba County Schools superintendent, who talks about his background, early impressions of the county system and his hopes for the future; 
  • Tips on how to lower winter heating bills;

  • A report on the move of the Manufacturing Solutions Center to the Conover Station and an overview of the work of the Center; 
  • Recognition of Catawba County Assistant Planner Mary George being named Outstanding Contributor to Agriculture in Catawba County for 2012;

  • A review of some of the boards and committees appointed by the Hickory City Council, with information on how citizens may volunteer to serve on one of the boards, and about Catawba County boards and committees;

  • A report on the naming of Julie Chang as the City of Newton’s new Public Information Officer; 
  • A look at the new web site

“Catawba Communities” airs at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on Cable Channel 3 in Catawba County.  Charter Communications also airs the program at random hours around the clock each day to ensure citizens have ample opportunity to view it.  Several of the partner agencies also put the program on their You Tube channels. 


For more information about “Catawba Communities”, you may contact the Catawba County Public Information Office at 828-465-8464 or send an e-mail to