If you see what appears to be a mound of winter clothes running around Catawba County in the next few days, itâ€™s me. I hate cold weather, and this weekâ€™s bitterly cold temperatures have left me seeing just how many layers I can add to my body and still maintain the use of my arms.
I donâ€™t remember when I started hating cold weather. I do know, however, that I reach for a sweater just from the mention of temperatures below 70 degrees.
The frigid air of Catawba County wasnâ€™t the only thing that was cold Wednesday night.
Maidenâ€™s offensive attack was just as icy.
The Blue Devils fell behind West Caldwell 22-2 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 30-point loss in Maiden.
â€śI think we started out real flat. We had a bad first quarter,â€ť said Maiden boys basketball coach Doug Miller. â€śA lot of that is to their credit, but for six out of the first eight games this year, we have
started with a slow start, and we got behind the eight ball.â€ť
Hickory High swimmer Graham Williams is among 12 student athletes who have tentatively committed to swimming and diving teams at the University of North Carolina.
The UNC menâ€™s and womenâ€™s swimming and diving teams signed 12 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period according to Tar Heel head swimming coach Rich DeSelm. The class is expected to be among the nationâ€™s best, and it includes seven men and five women. The 12 student-athletes will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.
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."