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January 11th

Sledding child struck by car

January 11, 2011

A child was struck by a car Tuesday as he was sledding across the street near his home.
James Caleb Mull, 13, of Vale, was sledding near his house on Gracie Lane about 10:40 a.m.
Mull slid north down a hill and crossed Gracie Lane, where he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on the road, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper B.L. Buchanan.
Mull slid under the left rear wheel of the vehicle, which was a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Charles Richard Crater, 63, of Newton.

January 10th

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.

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."

January 7th

Council aims for fewer child offenders

January 7, 2011

The Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council aims to better families and the communities in which they live — one child at a time.

The JCPC is mandated to provide funding for services to help at-risk youth and their families.

The council meets those needs through:

-Identifying youth's problems and needs;

-Determining what programs exist to meet those needs;

-Recommending support and continued existence of effective programs;

-Monitoring and reporting programs designed to prevent

institutionalization through alternative, community-based youth programs.

Coldcases of 2010

January 7, 2011

Law enforcement officials work every day to protect Catawba County's streets, solve crimes and arrest criminals who endangered county residents.

But every day, crimes go unsolved. Evidence goes cold. Tips stop trickling in. No one is arrested.

In 2010, many crimes went unsolved in the county, and law enforcement officials say they're making progress to put these crimes in the "solved" folder.

Ronald Padgett murder
Feb. 21

CCS receives $250K for science

January 7, 2011

Catawba County Schools is one of five state schools systems to receive an education grant valued at more than half a million dollars.

CCS received $261,037 for the 2010-11 fiscal year to promote science education in the classroom, and there are opportunities for that grant funding to continue during the next two years.

Trespasser held at gunpoint

January 7, 2011

A homeowner took matters into his own hands Thursday after a trespasser entered the man's residence.

Donald Banner, 68, of Maiden, was at his house on Anderson Mountain Road about 10 a.m. when he saw a suspicious person walking across the street.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Banner retrieved his pistol from inside the home and then returned to his front window to see if the man was still outside.

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