February 18th, 2015
Mondayâs winter storm brought snow, sleet and ice to the southeast for the first time this year. Some areas reported several inches of snow while others saw mostly sleet and ice.
These conditions along with high winds and dropping temperatures caused several power outages throughout the night and into Tuesday afternoon, but Catawba County was spared from the power loss.
Newton-Conover City, Catawba County and Hickory Public Schools have all announced they will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Wednesday is an optional work day for teachers and staff of all three school systems, starting at 10 a.m.
NCCS will make up the student day on Friday, April 3.
Even the cold wind of Thursday night couldnât keep seniors from attending Newton Recreationâs annual Sweetheart Dance. Around 50 men and women came from various counties to enjoy a night of fellowship and fun.
Dressed in shades of red, pink and purple, they gathered around decorative tables embellished with traditional paper hearts and roses.
Rolling smoke could be seen miles away along Hwy. 321 Business at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday when a Maiden business caught fire.
Johnny On The Spot Heating and Cooling, on Cemetery Street, was engulfed in flames when firefighters from Maiden, North 321 and Newton departments arrived.
Who do you think of when you think of love?
Your spouse, your parents, your friends? That's who come to mind for most.
The same goes for Maiden Cheerleading Coach Debbie Moose. However, her cheer squad also makes its way onto her list of loved ones.
Updated 12:30 p.m. Monday:
Catawba County Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools and Hickory Public Schools will release two hours early on Monday, Feb. 16 due to the forecast of inclement weather as early as 3 p.m.
Newton-Conover City Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to the forecast of inclement weather.
Below is a look at next week's Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A boys and girls basketball tournament brackets:
Southern District 7 Athletic 2A
First round games
No. 8 West Caldwell at No. 1 Bandys, 5 p.m. Monday
No. 5 East Lincoln at No. 4 Bunker Hill, 5 p.m. Monday
No. 7 West Lincoln at No. 2 Newton-Conover, 5 p.m. Monday
Below is a look at scores from Friday's regular-season finales in high school basketball:
Bandys 60, Newton-Conover 53
Bunker Hill 44, West Caldwell 26
Hickory 71, Hibriten 16
Maiden 46, Lincolnton 35
St. Stephens 67, Fred T. Foard 37
Fred T. Foard 78, St. Stephens 61
Hickory 65, Hibriten 59
Lincolnton 54, Maiden 40
"We consider our volunteers to be doing more than just delivering meals â they're also checking in on people and making sure that they're doing okay," said Catawba County's Adult Services Supervisor for Senior Nutrition Services Jan Shaffer.
Catawba County Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers.
Pop artist Taylor Swift says being 22 years old is about dressing up âlike hipstersâ, having âbreakfast at midnightâ and falling âin love with strangersâ. For Jamie Frye â a 22-year-old educator with Newton-Conover City Schools (N-CCS) â life is about excelling in his fast-moving career and making an impact on students.