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Carpenters bonding through softball

March 30, 2011

With the last name Carpenter, working with pine was a natural fit.
However, these three Carpenters don’t craft furniture or build gazebos. They build team chemistry, hammer home runs and saw down runners at the plate. 

Carlee, Katie and Mike Carpenter share a close bond. The love of softball and family devotion. The Carpenter softball legacy started with Mike and his father.

“I always used to help my dad,” Mike said. “I used to help him coach teams when I was not much out of high school. I always enjoyed coaching kids.”

Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 30, 2011

Peggy Cline Sigmon, 79, of Newton, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her residence. The Sigmon family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

Geneva Raney Eckard, 85, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.

Accused murderer appears in court

March 30, 2011

Richard Clifford Gaither Jr. stared straight ahead Wednesday as a judge told him he is charged with murder.

Catawba County District Court Judge Amy R. Sigmon read the charges against Gaither, 23, during his first court appearance after he allegedly shot and killed a Hickory teenager Monday night.

Police found Steven Darnell Simpson, 19, in a red Toyota Camry about 9:30 p.m. Monday near downtown Hickory. Simpson was shot in the head, and he later died from his injuries. Police later arrested Gaither and charged him in connection with Simpson's death.

Board sticks with calendar, school starts Aug. 25

March 30, 2011

After the possibility of some calendar changes, Catawba County Schools students will still start school Aug. 25.

Superintendent Glenn Barger encouraged the Board of Education during its Monday meeting to stick with the previously adopted calendar for the 2011-12 school year.

"The General Assembly has not passed the bill that was introduced," said Barger, adding the bill will allow school systems flexibility in their start and end dates. "The bill was delayed because of other things (available for the legislature's consideration)."

Advocates encourage community to go from 'Darkness to Light'

March 30, 2011

Prevention is key in child sexual abuse, and Catawba County accepts a challenge to train residents to stop the realm of abuse.

The Children's Advocacy Center and Children's Protection Council kicked off a prevent-a-thon Wednesday morning with a breakfast and seminar to alert area officials, law enforcement, school leaders and business owners of the importance of training the community to stop sexual abuse. Catawba County is the first community in North Carolina to start the Darkness to Light training.

Man arrested for armed robberies

March 30, 2011

Police arrested a man they say could be responsible for a string of armed robberies throughout Catawba County.

Emanuel Marshall Whitted, 38, of Conover, was taken into custody Wednesday at the Catawba County Detention Center after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Hickory. Although Whitted currently faces only one armed robbery charge, police said Wednesday it's possible Whitted is responsible for several more similar crimes.

"We've had a couple more robberies that might be related (to Whitted's arrest)," said Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal.

Do sex offenders live nearby?

March 30, 2011

Two hundred twelve registered sex offenders live in Catawba County.

Their crimes range from indecent liberty with a minor and computer solicitation for sex to first-degree sex offense and second-degree rape.

Catawba County Sheriff's Office is charged with monitoring sex offenders and their compliance with the conditions of their offenses.

Sex offenders are required to register with their county's sheriff's office, and sheriff's deputies then compile the information and enter it in the registry database, said Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. B.L. Baker.

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