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WMNC News, Wednesday, November 26th

A single-car accident Monday night just outside of Maiden killed a Vale resident. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Michael Richards of Vale, was driving at 10:45 p.m. Monday on Salem Church Road. According to Highway Patrol, Richards was leaving a residence where he was previously with his girlfriend when the accident occurred. Richards was in his 1996 Nissan Altima when he crossed left of center and went off the left shoulder. Richards then overcorrected to the right and drove off the opposite shoulders before crashing into a tree. Speed is said to be a contributing factor, but there was no evidence alcohol was involved.

A Catawba County man is charged with multiple drug offenses following an arrest Tuesday. The Hickory Police Department arrested 51-year-old Webster Warren White of Hickory. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, White was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $16,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.

Morganton City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. The Collett Street Recreation Center, Mountain View Recreation Center, and the Aquatics Center will also be closed Thursday. Garbage collection will be affected. Today's route will be collected on the regular schedule, in addition, Thursday's route will be picked up a day early today.

The City of Hickory will close its offices on Thursday and Friday, but garbage and recycling pick-up, as well as leaf collection, will continue. The City of Hickory offices will re-open on Monday, December 1 at 8:30 a.m. Other city department closings and/or schedule changes are as follows: The Hickory Public Library, the Patrick Beaver Memorial main facility and the Ridgeview Branch, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. The library will reopen at its regular hours on Saturday. The Parks and Recreation Department administrative offices, all recreation centers, and the skate park will be closed on Thursday and Friday. All centers close at 6:00 p.m. today. Recreation centers that typically operate on a Saturday schedule will be reopened on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parks are open 365 days a year. All Caldwell County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. County offices will re-open for regular business Monday, December 1.

Triple A Carolinas is warning residents planning to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday to check the weather forecast, some parts of the state, the mountains in particular, are experiencing inclement weather today. About 1.35 million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more from home this weekend. Around 90 percent will drive there, another seven percent will fly, the rest, about three percent, will use a train or a bus. The five-day period around Thanksgiving is among the most dangerous times to drive. Last year, 12 people died on North Carolina highways. That's why the Highway Patrol will increase its patrols on Interstate 40, part of a nationwide push to save lives. The patrol will post troopers every 20 miles during the most heavily traveled period of the holiday weekend. The campaign runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and again from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Work on most highway projects will stop from 4 p.m. today until 9 a.m. Monday, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Gasoline prices are at a five-year low, according to AAA Carolinas. The statewide average price is $2.77 per gallon, down 57 cents from Labor Day.