Transition: The MI-Connection will begin the transition to a locally-operated company beginning July 1. The telecommunications systems will transition from management under Bristol Virginia Utilities to an independent operator. The transition will bring local employees and most services in-house. The management fee for MI-Connection will gradually decrease from $1.4 million to $300,00 annually. The system plans to add 16 local jobs. Transition Manager David Auger said subscribers can expect no changes to service.
Small Town Main Street: The town has applied to participate in the North Carolina Department of Commerce Small Town Main Street Program. The program is designed to provide technical assistance in downtown revitalization to selected towns throughout the state. If accepted by the state, Troutman's participation in the program would begin July1.
Animals on Facebook: Catawba County Animal Services now has a dedicated Facebook page, www.facebook.com/catawbacountyanimalservices, which staff will use as a central site for posting pictures and information about animals available for adoption. Each post has a link to information about the animal and its registration number. On the left side of the page are links to information about the Animal Shelter, including a link with information for those willing to provide a foster home. There will also be a link to rabies vaccination clinics, spay/neuter clinics and adoption fairs. Shelter staff will continue publicizing animals for adoption through the county's website and PetFinder.com.