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Winter weather causes hundreds of crashes

December 16, 2010

Area law enforcement agencies reported minor collisions Thursday, with the vast majority of those crashes from weather-related factors.

North Carolina Highway Patrol was overwhelmed with casework after the county's winter weather Thursday morning. Highway Patrol reported more than 300 crashes Thursday.

Hickory Police Department reported several weather-related collisions Thursday morning on Tate Boulevard.

"We had a fist full of accidents," said HPD Capt. Gary Lee. "In one way or another, they were all weather related."

CVMC construction starts

December 16, 2010

The future of Catawba Valley Medical Center rests on a black-top parking lot beside the hospital's current facilities.

In about two years, however, that parking lot will be a $32-million, state-of-the-art women's and oncology pavilion.

Community leaders, the hospital's staff and its board of directors gathered in the parking lot Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony on the five-level pavilion, which is set for completion in 2013.

Tony Rose, CVMC president and CEO, spoke with the crowd of people, who were huddled under a tent in anticipation of rain.

Schools battle state-mandated calendar

December 16, 2010

Canceling school is a tougher decision than most people think, especially when superintendents consider the state-mandated calendar.

Catawba County schools were canceled Thursday after roads were deemed hazardous after winter weather hit the area. Superintendents and officials from county school systems toured the county at 4 a.m. to determine road conditions and ultimately choosing to cancel schools. The decision of when to make-up the day lost is hard to consider.

Reward children for positive actions

December 16, 2010

When students perform poorly in math or reading, teachers help children re-learn the proper techniques.

When students misbehave, however, they don't receive positive reinforcement -- they're punished.

Area educators discussed this disconnect in behavioral education Tuesday during a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) workshop at Conover School.

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