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January 10th, 2011

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.

January 6th

Newton plans for the future

January 6, 2011

2010 was a tough year for Catawba County's municipalities, and the city of Newton was no exception.

"This was a very difficult year," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, adding the budget process for the city was "as tough a budget process as I've ever seen."

Despite budgeting difficulties, the city came through 2010 without a tax increase and continuing to provide high-quality services for its residents.

"There's a lot that we accomplished," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark. "And that's in addition to running the city."

Counterfeiters nabbed in Conover

January 6, 2011

Conover Police arrested two men Wednesday for allegedly running a counterfeiting operation at a city residence.

The investigation started when employees from the Conover Wal-Mart called Conover Police to report a customer shoplifting from the store.

Authorities arrived at the scene and interrogated Arthur Joseph Carr, 23, of Beckley, W.Va., and Emmitt Seven Loges, 23, of Conover.

Smoking ban: 1 year later

January 6, 2011

Last year, residents in Catawba County could ring in 2010 at a bar, with a drink and a cigarette in hand.

This year, however, 2011 dawned in smoke-free restaurants and bars throughout Catawba County and North Carolina.

The state law banning smoking in bars and restaurants turned a year old this month, but debates about the law haven't gone cold in the 12 months since it was passed.

"I think you should be able to smoke in bars and restaurants," said 20-year-old Dakota Bryant, of Conover.

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