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January 11th, 2011
Everyone knows winter preparedness is critical before, during and
after a winter storm strikes.
This week's snow and ice was the second major storm of this winter but Catawba County residents continue to purchase emergency items and services needed in light of adverse weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, people should compile emergency preparedness kits to use during winter storm events.
The NWS says these kits should include the following items:
-A flashlight and extra batteries.
Newton wants to make one of its windows to the world more "modern and professional" looking.
At the same time, however, the city wants to also "keep it simple."
"We are looking for ways to redesign our website. The current site has been here for about five years, and there have been no significant changes to the design," said Jason Clay, Newton Information Systems director. "We set the objective of making it more modern and professional looking. It doesn't take much to recognize a professional looking website."
Roads in Catawba County were covered in ice Tuesday after freezing
rain blanketed snow already fallen across the region.
This layer of ice not only creates hazardous driving conditions, but
it also complicates cleanup procedures for area public works crews and creates additional costs for already-strained budgets.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation budgeted $30 million for snow and ice removal this fiscal year and spent $26.2 million so far. According to the NCDOT, any extra money required for winter-weather cleanup will be drawn from the general maintenance budget.
School officials cancel classes for Wednesday.
Officials with the three Catawba County school systems plan to announce make-up days as they are decided.
As the North Carolina Department of Transportation clears roadways, residents are asked to stay inside and only drive if it's necessary.
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.
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.
Many people enjoyed the day off Monday after Catawba County was blanketed with snow and ice.Â
However, public works departments worked around the clock to clear the icy mess and ensure the safety ofÂ travelers in the area.Â
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.Â
For Conover, the biggest problem was tractor trailers.Â
Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency Monday in North Carolina because of snowfall and anticipated ice accumulation.Â
Many county organizations closed Monday, in an effort to ensure the safety of county travelers.
All county schools systems; Catawba County Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools, were closed Monday.Â
Catawba County Schools Public Information Officer Carleen Crawford said she anticipated a decision about Tuesday's closing sometime Monday afternoon or evening.Â
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."