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Family dead, community mourns

February 7, 2011

A 14-year-old and her parents are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Denver.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said Rick Wheeler, 36, allegedly shot his wife Angela, 41, and the couple's 14-year-old daughter Samantha "Sam" at their family home in Denver. Rick then turned the gun on himself.
Friends and relatives of the Wheeler family are having a difficult time reconciling the violent incident with their memories of the Wheelers, who they said were a loving, committed family.

Mat Quest: Five area teams begin the hunt for a state title tonight

February 7, 2011

The quest to be the best on the mat starts tonight.

Five teams in the area will compete in the opening rounds of the Dual Team state championships. It will mark the first day in a week's worth of competition for many schools.

Among those competing are 2A schools Newton-Conover, Bandys and Bunker Hill.

Representing the 3A schools St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard.

Teachers, TAs thank board

February 7, 2011

Teachers in Catawba County gathered Monday night to thank board members for trying to save their jobs in the 2011-12 school year, despite the possibility of cutting performance-based supplements.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education held its public hearing for the 2011-12 local budget during a special meeting Monday. About two dozen teachers and teacher assistants were in attendance, but surprisingly, only two people stood before the board members to comment.

Chairwoman: New info coming in leader search

February 7, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education plans to release information about the search for a new superintendent at its next meeting.
Board chairwoman Joyce Spencer told The O-N-E on Monday that the board is "hoping to have information" at its Feb. 28 meeting.
In December, the North Carolina School Board Association said CCS received 24 applications for the superintendent position, which is currently held by interim superintendent Glenn Barger.
However, Monday, Spencer said there is "no definitive number of finalists."

Gaither starts justice walk for Zahra

February 7, 2011

When will charges be filed in the death of Zahra Baker? That’s the question that has been asked since the 10-year-old girl’s death was confirmed in mid-November and one that continues to be posed now, four months after she was first reported missing.
The decision to pursue charges is up to 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither. The DA’s Office received the prosecution summary from Hickory Police Department in December, and the case file was turned over to Gaither’s office Jan. 26.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 7, 2011

Helen Little Hollar, born Jan. 30, 1924, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. She was 87 years old.  The Hollar family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremations in Conover.

Randy Scott Frye, 55, of Newton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 1-1:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton prior to the service.

Deputies investigate murder-suicide

February 7, 2011

A 14-year-old Mill Creek Middle School student and her parents are dead in what police think is a murder-suicide.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said deputies responded to 4785 Grassy Creek Road in Denver to find the bodies of Rick Wheeler, Angela Wheeler and their daughter Samantha inside the house.

Reid said it appears Rick shot Angela and Samantha, then shot himself. Deputies responded to the house after receiving a 9-1-1 hang-up call.

A vigil is planned for 7-8 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford.

Laurels and darts: CCS right to be mindful of coaches

February 7, 2011

LAURELS
Laurels to the Catawba County Schools Board of Education for taking a serious look at its policy for non-faculty coaches at the system’s schools.
While we find fault with the means through which CCS made public the proposals, deliberations and finally the revisions to the policy, the intent of the new protocol hits the right mark.

From the publisher: The Valentine's Day of college football

February 7, 2011

While the 2010 college football season is a quickly fading memory for most rational people (who won the BCS Championship again?), activity on the football front was far from silent this week.
That’s right. You don’t have to have the glorious traditions of a Saturday tailgate or a ball game complete with school colors, cheers and marching bands to get some folks whipped into a college football frenzy. Even smack-dab in the middle of winter, one topic still gets some fanatics hyped up for college football.
Signing day and the recruiting wars.

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