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Catawba County Operational Changes

Catawba County Operational Changes

Published: March 30, 2020

During the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, Catawba County Government will continue to provide essential services to citizens. Where possible, county government offices are conducting business by phone and online to enable citizens to stay at home and prevent public contact. Social distancing practices have been implemented to minimize contact when in-person business takes place. We urge all citizens to do whatever they can to protect themselves and others by following the Governor’s order and minimizing contact with others.

Citizens are encouraged to visit our Online Services tab in the navigation menu across the top of this page to access some of our most frequently used online services. To contact a department directly, visit our Departments & Divisions page to find phone numbers for every county service area. Citizens who have questions or aren’t sure who to call may dial (828) 465-8500 to be connected to someone who can help.

The following county government operational changes are currently in effect. All operations updates will be on this website post. Residents are encouraged to check back regularly and to follow Catawba County on Facebook (@catawbacountync) and Twitter (@catawbacounty) for related updates. Information is subject to change.

Animal Shelter
Effective March 31, the Humane Society of Catawba County has closed the Newton and Hickory animal shelters to the public for the safety of the community, staff and animals. They will evaluate the situation April 13 and will have updates at that time. Humane Society staff will continue to provide daily care to the animals in both facilities. If you are interested in fostering/adopting a pet from HSCC, please email Natalie Robinson,, to set up an appointment. To see a full listing of available pets, visit If you have inquiries about a lost/stray pet, please call (828) 466-6812. If your pet is currently missing, you can see if they are at one of these facilities by checking the “Lost/Found Pets” tab at

Board of Commissioners
The Board’s scheduled March 30 and April 13 subcommittee meetings and April 6 general meeting  have been cancelled. The Board is planning to reconvene for its scheduled general meeting Monday, April 20.

Cooperative Extension
The Catawba County Extension office is operating on a reduced schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the office closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. Extension agents are still available by email, phone and other technological means. Find contact information and details regarding N.C. Cooperative Extension's Catawba County center operations on their website at

Landfill & Convenience Centers
The Catawba County Landfill and five county Convenience Centers are open and operating on a normal schedule. In observance of social distancing recommendations, the Catawba County Landfill is making the following temporary changes to its operations:

  • Landfill offices will be closed to the public. A phone number will be posted at all office access doors. Visitors may call the number to get in touch with an employee for directions or answers to questions.
  • Scale attendants will operate as usual except for the provision of safety vests. Prepackaged safety vests will be handed out unopened and will not need to be returned.
  • Operators will perform load inspections and provide instructions from their cabs. As a result, this process may take longer and/or require customers to go to another dumping area.

Landfill and convenience center operational days and hours have not changed and are listed below as a reminder. Please call (704) 462-1348 with any questions or concerns.

Landfill Hours:
4017 Rocky Ford Road, Newton

Municipal Sanitary Landfill (Household Garbage)
Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Construction & Demolition Landfill
Monday through Friday – 7:00 am – 4:30 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Grinding/Mulch Area
Monday through Friday – 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Convenience Center Hours:
Blackburn Convenience Center

3864 Rocky Ford Road, Newton
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bethany Church Rd. Convenience Center
2436 Bethany Church Road, Newton
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cooksville Convenience Center
3659 Rhoney Farm Road, Vale
Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Oxford Convenience Center
4637 Lookout Dam Road, Catawba
Wednesday through Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sherrills Ford Convenience Center
8876 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford
Thursday through Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Library System
All Catawba County locations are closed until further notice, with the exception of Curbside Pickup Service at the Newton and Sherrills Ford-Terrell branches. Due dates and book holds will be automatically extended and no late fees will be accrued. Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the many digital services available through the website at

The Main Library in Newton (115 West C Street) and the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library (9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell) are offering Curbside Pickup Service between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Customers may browse materials and request holds through the “Search Collection” link at or by calling any library location for assistance. Once holds are placed, customers will receive instructions to call for pick-up appointments the following day at the Newton or Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library. Recommended safety measures are in place, including timed isolation of materials and distancing during pick-up.

In an effort to support families and adults at home, Catawba County will also be streaming story times and an array of children’s, teen, and adult programs, to be posted on social media and the library website.

Librarians are ready and available for telephone reference, research, homework, technology, and digital resource assistance from 9 am – 5 pm as well.

As always, the Catawba County Virtual Library is open 24/7 and accessible anywhere an Internet connection is available. Library customers can access a wealth of digital resources, including e-books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers, music, and movies, from the library website at The library is also working to increase and enhance these online resources. For families needing Internet access, the library plans to offer Wi-Fi Hotspots for checkout through the Curbside Service, and library parking lots may have Wi-Fi availability.

People without a Catawba County Library card can set up a free temporary account through the library’s website or by phone that will allow access to all digital resources, and staff will work with residents via phone to request upgrades of temporary cards to full-service cards pending verification/processing.

Parks (Bakers Mountain, Riverbend and St. Stephens): All Catawba County Parks remain open following usual operating hours. All rentals and group use of Catawba County Parks education facilities and picnic shelters have been suspended until further notice.

Register of Deeds
The Catawba County Register of Deeds has made temporary adjustments to the following services:

Recording Real Estate Documents (updated 3/2320)
For those who have online access, we strongly encourage the electronic recording, or eRecording, of all real estate documents. Information about eRecording can be found on our website at Some of our eRecording vendors have agreed to waive all startup fees and annual costs during this time. Please check online to contact our vendors or call (828) 465-1573 for more information.

There will be no difference in how we handle documents that are eRecorded or mailed to our office. In-person, we ask that only one person to come in and to please call when you have arrived with your documents (828) 465-1573

Title searchers - please use our online site as much as possible and call before heading our way for any up-to-date changes.

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates (Updated 3/23/20)
All certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates will be available for purchase online, drop box or through the mail. The online service charge will be waived during this time; therefore, the office will charge you only the regular cost of the certificate at $10 per certified copy. To purchase a certificate, visit

If you are starting a new request or returning a request in person, a new drop box has been located just outside the Register of Deeds office where forms and envelopes will be provided. Requests left in the drop box must include a copy of your ID and payment by check or money order. Requests will be reviewed and filled Monday through Friday during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You may email us a copy of you photo ID to include the name being requested on the certificate you left in the drop box at

Funeral home requests need to be made by the above mentioned drop box, online or mail. If made online request and choose pickup, we will place certificates in a marked tray at the front of our office.

All requests made by 4:00 p.m. will be responded to by mail the same day.

Should you have an emergency vital records request or issues (birth, death or marriage), please call our office for further assistance at (828) 465-1573.

Marriage Licenses
Marriage licenses will be handled in-person by appointment only during regular business hours. Appointments can be made by calling (828) 465-1573. It is required that all marriage applications be submitted online at prior to making an appointment. You will need to bring all required documents and payment of $60 (prefer credit/debit). We ask that only the couple to be married come to the appointment at the scheduled time.

Notary Oaths - will be handled in-person by appointment only during regular business hours. Appointments can be made by calling (828) 465-1573. It is required to bring your ID and payment of $10 (prefer credit/debit). We ask that only the notary come to the appointment at the scheduled time.

NOTARIZING OF DOCUMENTS - suspended during this time.

If you are sick or unable to make it to scheduled time, please cancel your appointment and reschedule when you are well and able to attend.

Sheriff’s Office
The Main Lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and the Detention Center lobby are closed until further notice.  Any calls for service can be addressed by contacting the Catawba County Communications Center at (828) 464-3112. Pistol Purchase applications, Concealed Carry Permit and CHP renewal procedures are now available online through the Sheriff’s Office page on the county website, . Detention Center Visitation will be available online via

Social Services
Catawba County Social Services reminds residents that online applications are available for Food and Nutrition Services (formerly Food Stamps) and Medical Assistance (Medicaid and NC Health Choice or CHIP). Applications can be found online at

Additionally, residents may request applications by mail, e-mail or fax by calling (828) 695-6326. To return a completed application, use one of the following options:

  • Mail completed applications to PO Box 669 Newton, NC 28658
  • E-mail completed applications to
  • Fax completed applications to (828) 695-5700
  • Drop off completed applications in the drop box located in the parking lot at Catawba County Social Services, 3030 11th Ave Dr SE, Hickory, 28602

Medical Assistance (Medicaid, and NC Health Choice or CHIP) applicants may also complete an application over the phone by calling (828) 695-6326.

Social Services/Meals on Wheels and Seniors Morning Out: Starting Monday, March 16, Catawba County Meals on Wheels clients will receive five frozen meals every Monday and check-in phone calls every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. New referrals to the program are being placed on a waiting list until regular operations resume. This schedule will remain in operation until further notice. As previously announced, Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is temporarily closing all Catawba County Seniors Morning Out (SMO) sites effective Monday, March 16. During this time, all SMO participants will still have the ability to receive meals and will receive daily phone calls from Senior Nutrition Services staff.

Social Services/Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center: Effective Monday, March 16, The Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center has postponed all large gatherings until a later date. This includes the March 25 Evening of Hope at Hickory Soup Kitchen, the April 1 planting of the Pinwheels at Zahra Baker Park April 1, and the April 25 Denim and Diamond event at Heritage Barn.

Soil & Water Conservation District
District offices are closed to the public except by appointment until further notice. Office hours are 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you would like to make an appointment during these times, please call (828) 465-8950. In addition, field visits have been restricted to those required for payment certification only.

Citizens are encouraged to use the county’s online tax payment service, which can be accessed from the Tax page on For in-person payments, a secure drop box has been provided at the Government Center for check or money order payments. If paying with cash, citizens are encouraged to bring exact change or use the phone in the lobby to contact tax office staff. Credit card payments can be made by phone by calling 1-877-835-6102. Callers will need to provide the 18-digit abstract number on their tax bill and their mailing zip code.

Veterans Services
The Veterans Services office has suspended in-person appointments and is conducting all appointments by phone. Veterans requesting appointments may call the Veterans Services Office at (828) 465-8255 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for assistance.