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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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An elderly Maiden couple died after an automobile accident Thursday morning on N.C. 16.
Vera Caldwell, 90, was driving herself and her husband, Frank, 94, in their 2002 Ford Escape when they were hit by a 2011 Honda minivan driven by Heather Joyner, 40, of Hickory.
The impact spun the Caldwellsâ€™ car onto the shoulder of the road in the southbound lane and sent Joynerâ€™s car off the road to the left.
Joyner was treated and released at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Catawba County residents might not have a white Christmas this year.
But for many residents, it will be a bright Christmas with elaborate and festive holiday decorations.
Homes throughout the county are decorated in varying degrees of holiday cheer, with white and colored lights, inflatable snow globes, nativity scenes and, of course, Christmas trees.
"We decorate every year," said Patty Tucker, who lives with her family on West Sixth Street in Newton. "We've gotten a little more extensive with it since the kids have come."
Conover strives to be a "community of choice" in Catawba County.
This means a safe place for residents and their families and a dynamic economic environment for businesses, said Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.
To make that vision a reality, city officials work to plan goals and realize those accomplishments each year, and the city adopted mission and vision statements about a year ago when Moritz took office.
Police are investigating a reported break-in after a thief made off with money from a popular area restaurant.
An employee of Geppeto's Pizza and More in Newton unlocked the downtown Newton restaurant Thursday at about 9 a.m. to find the cash register in disarray, said Newton Police Department Lt. M.D. Beal.
The employee called 9-1-1, and police arrived on the scene minutes later. After searching the building, investigators determined an unknown suspect gained access to the restaurant by prying open the back door.
Speeders and drunk drivers beware.
Newton Police Department recently hired a traffic enforcement officer to keep the city a safe place to live, work and drive.
Officer Brett Williams will patrol Newton's streets, looking for traffic violations in an effort to make the city and its citizens safer.
"My main objective is to make our city a safer place to live," Williams said. "We will be actively looking for infractions."
Those hoping to celebrate the Christmas season through worship have a wide range of church services to choose from during the holidays.
For those who enjoy music during their Christmas services, New Vision Church of Conover offers two Christmas Eve services with plenty to sing about.
"We're going to sing a lot of carols and have a lot of songs," said the Rev. Ann Aichinger of New Vision. "Basically, it's a very simple, beautiful service."
The Catawba County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police collected more than 100 toys and stuffed animals to donate to sick and needy children and adults spending the holiday season in the hospital.
FOP volunteers distributed the gifts Tuesday at Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand to give away the gifts and make recipients smile.
"We're here to see smiles," said FOP president Carl Pope, who is retired from the Highway Patrol. "Whether it's from the adults or the kids, we just want to see smiles."
Newton Police are looking for a motorist who allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage when the driver's car crashed into an apartment building.
The incident happened Wednesday several minutes after midnight at the Sandalwood Apartments at East 11th Street and Mount Olive Church Road in Newton.
The driver of a white and gray Jeep was parked at building 712 near apartment A when, according to a witness, the motorist drove from the parked position straight into the apartment building. The motorist then left the scene of the crash.