School delays announced for Thursday
Due to the forecast of severe frigid temperatures, Hickory Public Schools has announced that they will be on a two-hour delay tomorrow (Thursday, January 8). Newton-Conover City Schools have also announced a two-hour delay. Superintendent David Stegall cited the possibility that buses might not crank right away. The delay will allow school officials to check all buses and school boilers before students arrive. Staff members will be on a regular schedule. Burke County Schools will be on a two-hour delay for students and staff. Caldwell County Schools has announced a two-hour delay for students. Faculty and staff will be on a regular schedule. The WrapAround program will also be on a two-hour delay. The City of Newton has also announced that the restrooms at all city parks are closed due to cold weather. The restrooms will reopen on Monday, January 12, weather permitting. (Ralph Mangum, WHKY.)
Plane crashes in Long View, four injured
Four people were injured and transported to the hospital when a plane crashed in Long View Tuesday. The crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. near the Hickory Regional Airport and involved a single-engine plane. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut reports four people were on board at the time. Officials say the pilot was airlifted from the scene with serious injuries. The other three on board were injured but are expected to be okay. According to reports, one of the people on board the plane, which was en route to Greenville-Spartanburg, told officials that the plane's engine quit right after takeoff when the aircraft was about 300 feet in the air. The pilot attempted to bring the plane back in and was reportedly able to just miss several houses before crashing into a tree. The names of the people on board have not been released. (Photo courtesy of Fentress Chestnut, WHKY.)
Arctic blast coming to Unifour, tips offered by officials for dealing with cold weather
Catawba County Emergency Management has received questions about extremely cold weather expected beginning Wednesday night and Thursday morning and what kinds of actions citizens should consider taking. The National Weather Service forecast for Catawba County for Thursday, January 8, 2015, calls for temperatures in the range of 10 degrees Fahrenheit for a low early Thursday, with a high around 30. Winds are predicted to be strong during the day on Wednesday, January 7 and around 10 miles per hour in evening but are predicted to become light on Thursday.
Tips on how to dress during cold weather:
• Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.
• Wear a hat, because 40% of your body heat can be lost from your head.
• Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
• Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
• Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
Wind chill could become a factor on Thursday morning. If the temperature is 12 degrees and winds are 9 miles per hour, then wind chill will feel like 0 degrees. While this wind chill range does not fall into the scientific range of frostbite for a 30 minute or shorter exposure, frostbite risk depends on how someone is dressed and whether or not they are wet. “Wind chill is what the temperature ‘feels like’ outside and is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold,” said Karyn Yaussy, Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator. “As the wind increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate causing the skin temperature to drop. Wind chill does not impact inanimate objects like car radiators and exposed water pipes, because these objects cannot cool below the actual air temperature.”
• A Wind Chill Warning means wind chill temperatures are life threatening.
• A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chill temperatures are potentially hazardous.
Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing body tissue. The most susceptible parts of the body are the extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose. Symptoms include a loss of feeling in the extremity and a white or pale appearance. Medical attention is needed immediately for frostbite. The area should be slowly re-warmed. Hypothermia is abnormally low body temperature (below 95 degrees Fahrenheit). Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. Medical attention is needed immediately. “Don’t forget that family pets are cold sensitive, too,” Yaussy said. “Make sure they spend only limited time outdoors when temperatures drop. If they are outdoors, dogs and cats need access to a protected, draft free shelter that is large enough for your pet to turn around and lie down but small enough to hold in their body heat. They need access to drinking water that is not frozen and may need extra food to compensate for the extra calories burned when they are cold.” These guidelines are for your information, but we also urge you to stay on top of changing weather conditions by monitoring local TV/radio stations (Charlotte or Hickory) or an internet source such as the National Weather Service,” Yaussy added.
Woman charged with aid and abet felony larceny
25-year-old Shelley Carol Pettigrew of Battery Circle, Clover, South Carolina, was arrested by the Catawba Police Department. She’s charged with aid and abet felony larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Pettigrew was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 7.)
Hudson man charged with strangulation
54-year-old Joel Baker of Freezer Locker Road, Hudson, was arrested Monday (January 5) by authorities in Caldwell County. He’s charged with assault by strangulation and non-support. Following the arrest, Baker was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the assault charge and $1387 cash bond on the non-support charge. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 6.)
Water shut off in Burke County town
The City of Morganton Water Resources Department plans to temporarily shut off water today (January 7) on Catawba Street in Glen Alpine. The water shut off was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Service should be restored by 4 p.m.Ronnie Suttles, Collections & Distribution Supervisor in the Water Resources Department, said the city needs to install a valve and replace a fire hydrant on the water line on Catawba Street. Customers on Catawba Street from the post office to the intersection of Turkey Tail Lane and Watermill Glen Alpine Road will be affected, including side streets and residents of the River Glen subdivision. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
Special meeting today for Catawba Commissioners
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting in the form of a Board Retreat today at 12:00 p.m. at the Catawba Valley Community College Corporate Development Center, 2601 21st St Drive SE, Hickory. The purpose of this retreat is for the Board to review board procedures, proposed Federal and State legislation, Catawba Valley Medical Center Community Health Survey, and economic development policies. The Board will also hold a closed session to discuss matters relating to the location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area served by the public body, including agreement on a tentative list of economic development incentives that may be offered by the public body in negotiations.