Archive - Dec 27, 2010 - News Article
A Hickory man was charged with driving while impaired Monday after his vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a Mountain View residence.
Michael Dawson Keever, 58, of Hickory, was traveling east on Bethel Church Road at 8:22 p.m. when he crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left.
Christmas is over, but shopping hasn't stopped.
Area businesses say Christmas shopping didn't decline this year, echoing national consumer reports that claim holiday shopping increased this year.
"We had some really good sales this year, so I think that drew people in," said Peggy Carter, who works at Shops on Main in Conover.
The store has been open about five years, and Carter said this year was busy.
Mary Hudson, of Taylorsville, came to browse the store Monday. The weekend's winter weather, she said, didn't deter her from hitting stores.
The weekend's snow gave county residents a white Christmas, but it also gave them potentially treacherous travel conditions.
State and local crews forfeited their Christmas breaks this weekend to spend Saturday and Sunday clearing and preparing roadways for motorists.
Public works crews and emergency responders, however, had few difficulties.
"It was very uneventful for that much snow," said Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, of the county's requests for emergency services during the winter weather. "I think the timing was good."
Snowfall blanketed Catawba County during the holiday weekend, but the resulting ice and snow caused mostly minor problems for county residents.
Catawba County received about 5-8 inches of snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The holiday snowfall marks the first white Christmas for the area in more than six decades.
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