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The March 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 focuses on children and includes a story about the work of the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center, a look at the Catawba County Partnership For Children, the Newton Police Department’s work in the Newton-Conover City Schools and a preview of TEDx Hickory.

“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 March show include:

• A story on the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center’s plan to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month through the sale of pinwheels, a national symbol of the innocence of children, that will be placed at the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground in Hickory.

• A preview of Easter Egg Hunts planned in Hickory on March 23 and in Newton on March 24.

• An overview of the Catawba County Partnership for Children with Partnership Director Kim Lyke Holden.

• Information on the Growing A Green Future event on April 20 in Hickory, an event centered around Arbor Day and environmental activities.

• A story about the Newton Police Department’s work in the Newton-Conover City Schools to help keep students safe.

• A look at the Catawba Valley Pottery Festival scheduled for the Hickory Metro Convention Center on March 23

• The 2013 TEDx Hickory Conference on March 23, at which speakers will give presentations about new ideas in technology, education, design and other fields.

“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