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Catawba County, North Carolina (U.S.)

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[flag of Catawba County, North Carolina] image located by Ivan Sache, 3 May 2008

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Catawba County (141,685 inhabitants in 2000; 10,720 ha; seat, Newton), located in western-central North Carolina, seceded from Lincoln County in 1842. The county is name after the Catawba tribe of Native Americans.
Ivan Sache, 3 May 2008

The current Code of Ordinances was codified through Ord. No 2006-12, enacted Oct. 16, 2006 (Supplement No 2). In the current Code, the sections on the seal and flag are to be found under Article 1. In General, Sec. 2-2. County Seal and Section 2-3. County Flag, respectively. The previous location of the two sections, whose wording has remained the same, is mentioned as (Code 1995, § 12.1) and (Code 1995, § 12.2), respectively.

2-2 County seal
2-3 County flag


(A) The County Seal was designed by Pearl Setzer Deal (Mrs.Loy E.) of Hickory, and officially adopted by the Board of Commissioners on September 7, 1925.

(B) The shield is divided into four parts, representing the national colors, red, white, and blue, with the fourth color of royal purple representing the blending of the national red and blue into royal purple. The county, through the royal purple, stands by the national colors.

(C) The four emblems are the cross in the field of red to represent religion which was established with the earliest settlers; the torch in the field of white representing education which was established along with the church in the earliest days; the cow in the royal purple representing the farming upon which the county has always depended and the dairying which made the county famous far and wide; and the wheel in the field of blue to represent the manufacturing of the county.

Ord. No 2006-12, enacted Oct. 16, 2006 (Supplement No 2)

Editor's note: The county seal is reproduced inside the field of the county flag, set forth in §2-3 below.


The official flag for the county was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on Monday, December 16, 1991. It was designed by Mrs. Rosemarie Hylton Hefner of Newton. The design expresses pride in the heritage and lifestyles of the community. The County Seal is symbolic of the strong religious beliefs, pride in outstanding educational opportunities, agricultural and manufacturing growth. Since the County Seal is representative of these facts, it is in the center of the flag. The background is the layout of the state flag, since the county is part of the beautiful State of North Carolina."

Dov Gutterman and Ivan Sache, 30 November 2002, 3 May 2008

The seal for different graphic uses (including a colour version with black lettering!) is given on the county website:
Ivan Sache, 3 May 2008


[seal of Catawba County, North Carolina] image located by Paul Bassinson, 10 August 2018

Paul Bassinson, 10 August 2018