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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."
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.
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.
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.
An attorney filed an amendment Wednesday requesting additional warrants in the Zahra Baker case be unsealed for the public eye.
Attorney Amanda Martin, who represents several area media outlets, amended a motion filed Tuesday to include four additional sealing orders related to the case.
A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper charged an investigator in the Zahra Baker case with driving while impaired.
Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was charged Dec. 4 with driving while impaired, failure to report an accident and failure to maintain lane control.
Falowski's name appears on a Hickory Police Department warrant to search Zahra Baker's former residence, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory.
The warrant includes information about how Zahra Baker's stepmother
An area high school teacher was recently named one of the nine best educators in North Carolina.
Fred T. Foard High School math teacher Andy Blevins received the northwest regional teacher of the year award for North Carolina. Blevins will compete with teachers from seven other state regions, as well as a charter school teacher, to receive the North Carolina teacher of the year award.
"I don't really know what to think right now," said Blevins, who has been an educator for 14 years. "I don't think it has sunk in yet."
A fire broke out Wednesday in a Claremont kennel, killing two puppies housed inside.
The 400-square-foot dog kennel was on fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene about 12:40 p.m. at 1143 Cheyenne Oaks Drive in Claremont. Firefighters were unable to save the building, as it was destroyed in the blaze.
The kennel's owners, James and Shirley Hicks, live several yards away from the structure, and they heard their two 9-week-old Labrador puppies barking as flames engulfed the building.
Hazardous winter weather conditions are headed for Catawba County tonight.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of snow before 4 a.m. and then snow and sleet are likely in Thursday's early morning hours. Officials said less than an inch of snow and sleet are expected. Wednesday's low is 26 degrees.
Going into Thursday, there is rain with a possibility of freezing rain expected with a high near 41 into early afternoon. Rain is expected to continue after 2 p.m. and end in the early evening hours.
Bandys Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jason Drum wants people to pass by every Bandys station in Catawba County and say, "That's a Bandy's Fire Department."
That dream will soon become a reality with the expansion, renovation and construction of two Bandys fire stations, unifying the department's structure and design and helping the department prepare for the future.