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January 10th, 2011

Sports schedule with winter weather

January 10, 2011

As of press time, there had not been any changes made to the sports schedule for Tuesday.

However, several athletic directors we spoke with believed a schedule change would be made, but nothing official decision had been made by administration.

The schedule includes six area basketball games, including Draughn at Newton-Conover, Hickory at St. Stephens,

Also on the schedule were two wrestling meets for Bandys and Fred T. Foard High Schools, as well as a four-team swim meet for Foard at the Hickory YMCA.

Tuesday school canceled

January 10, 2011

Catawba County school districts will not have school Tuesday.
School superintendents decided Monday afternoon to cancel Tuesday school for icy conditions heading to the county Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Officials will review the weather again Tuesday and in the early morning Wednesday to determine if school will resume Wednesday.
In addition, Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education's Monday meeting is canceled.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 10, 2011

Fred William Johnson, 62, of Lincolnton, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 4 p.m. at  Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden with the Rev. Jeremy Peeler officiating.

Clean-up to continue for days

January 10, 2011

Many people enjoyed the day off Monday after Catawba County was blanketed with snow and ice. 

However, public works departments worked around the clock to clear the icy mess and ensure the safety of travelers in the area. 

Slick roads for county travelers

January 10, 2011

A second round of winter weather slammed Catawba County on Monday, bringing snow, ice, closings and travel delays for Catawba County residents.
 
The North Carolina Highway Patrol station in Newton reported 82 calls for service in the patrol's 10-county service area throughout western North Carolina. No serious injuries were reported as of Monday morning.

Most of the crashes were one-car accidents because of slick road conditions. 

For Conover, the biggest problem was tractor trailers. 

N.C. in state of emergency

January 10, 2011

Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency Monday in North Carolina because of snowfall and anticipated ice accumulation. 

Many county organizations closed Monday, in an effort to ensure the safety of county travelers.

School systems:
All county schools systems; Catawba County Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools, were closed Monday. 

Catawba County Schools Public Information Officer Carleen Crawford said she anticipated a decision about Tuesday's closing sometime Monday afternoon or evening. 

Snow blankets state, ice to follow

January 10, 2011

Snow spread across North Carolina on Monday, covering roads and leaving steadily worsening travel conditions that led to hundreds of closed schools and businesses.

Catawba County police and rescue responded to several traffic incidents throughout the morning and mid-day, including overturned vehicles on Mount Olive Church Road and East Maiden Road.

School was cancelled for all three Catawba County public school systems on Monday. According to Newton-Conover City Schools' website, "If a day is missed during the week of Jan. 10-14, then Saturday, Jan. 15 will be a makeup day."

Laurels to job growth

January 10, 2011

LAURELS
Laurels to area governments making wise investments into the addition and retention of jobs in out county.
First, laurels go to Claremont City Council which this week agreed to offer economic development incentives to Advance Pierre Foods. In exchange, the food manufacturing company will create 500 jobs at its Claremont operation.

From the publisher: College football, show me the money!

January 10, 2011

Coming Monday, the top two teams in NCAA Division I football take the field as Auburn’s Tigers battle Oregon’s Ducks for a national championship crown.
Unfortunately, while the BCS National Championship game highlights the “best” of college football, the title contest — like bowl games during the past month and the regular season at-large — also spotlights some of the biggest problems apparent in the collegiate gridiron game.

January 7th

Gantt scores 22 in Blue Devil win

January 8, 2011

The Blue Devils won their second game in the Catawba Valley 2A with a strong performance by Jason Gantt.

Gantt scored a game-high 22 points in the Maiden victory, including four 3-point baskets.

“The kids did a good job of never wanting to sleep,” said Maiden coach Doug Miller. “We stayed at it and didn’t have too bad of a lull. There have been times where we go to sleep, wake up five minutes later and have lost an 8-point lead. I felt like we stayed steady and consistent.”

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