January 10th, 2011
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."
Laurels to area governments making wise investments into the addition and retention of jobs in out county.
First, laurels go to Claremont City Council which this week agreed to offer economic development incentives to Advance Pierre Foods. In exchange, the food manufacturing company will create 500 jobs at its Claremont operation.
Coming Monday, the top two teams in NCAA Division I football take the field as Auburnâ€™s Tigers battle Oregonâ€™s Ducks for a national championship crown.
Unfortunately, while the BCS National Championship game highlights the â€śbestâ€ť of college football, the title contest â€” like bowl games during the past month and the regular season at-large â€” also spotlights some of the biggest problems apparent in the collegiate gridiron game.
The Blue Devils won their second game in the Catawba Valley 2A with a strong performance by Jason Gantt.
Gantt scored a game-high 22 points in the Maiden victory, including four 3-point baskets.
â€śThe kids did a good job of never wanting to sleep,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śWe stayed at it and didnâ€™t have too bad of a lull. There have been times where we go to sleep, wake up five minutes later and have lost an 8-point lead. I felt like we stayed steady and consistent.â€ť
The Bandys girls basketball team outscored Maiden 43-21 in the second half to pull away for a Catawba Valley 2A victory.
Leading the way were Taylor Sigmon and Jesse Story. Story scored a game-high 24 points, while Sigmon scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
The game was moved from its regular start time to 4 p.m. due to impending weather. Bandys coach Beth Queen felt the change in game time seemed to affect some of the players on the court.
The Catawba County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council aims to better families and the communities in which they live â€” one child at a time.
The JCPC is mandated to provide funding for services to help at-risk youth and their families.
The council meets those needs through:
-Identifying youth's problems and needs;
-Determining what programs exist to meet those needs;
-Recommending support and continued existence of effective programs;
-Monitoring and reporting programs designed to prevent
institutionalization through alternative, community-based youth programs.
Law enforcement officials work every day to protect Catawba County's streets, solve crimes and arrest criminals who endangered county residents.
But every day, crimes go unsolved. Evidence goes cold. Tips stop trickling in. No one is arrested.
In 2010, many crimes went unsolved in the county, and law enforcement officials say they're making progress to put these crimes in the "solved" folder.
Ronald Padgett murder
Catawba County Schools is one of five state schools systems to receive an education grant valued at more than half a million dollars.
CCS received $261,037 for the 2010-11 fiscal year to promote science education in the classroom, and there are opportunities for that grant funding to continue during the next two years.