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Archive - Jan 2012

January 3rd

Adam Baker plea deal in works

January 3, 2012

Adam Baker may agree this week to a plea deal on felony charges he faces in Catawba County.

Baker's attorney, Mark Killian, said in Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday that he is working with the district 25 attorney's office on a plea agreement on the charges. A plea hearing on Baker's charges is expected as early as today.

Baker, the father of the 10-year-old, Zahra, who was brutally murdered in 2010, is charged in Catawba County with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Baker's charges are unrelated to Zahra's murder.

Official farewell

January 3, 2012

Newton Assistant City Manager and Planning Director Glenn Pattishall officially retired after more than 28 years with the city.

A reception was held in his honor Tuesday, and Newton City Manager Todd Clark took the opportunity to salute Pattishall's service and present him with a gift bag.

"If it weren't for Glenn, we wouldn't have the jobs we have in this county today," Clark said.

County feels chill

January 3, 2012

Fetch the scarves, gloves and earmuffs — it's cold in Catawba County.

Residents wrapped themselves in warm clothing Tuesday to shield against the coldest temperatures in the area so far this winter.

Temperatures reached 22 degrees in Conover, Maiden and Claremont on Tuesday morning, according to accuweather.com, and wind chills made the air feel like 11 degrees at 6 a.m. in Newton.

High temperatures climbed just above freezing Tuesday.

Drunk driver sentenced for woman's death

January 3, 2012

Charlie Sybrant died Oct. 18, 2009, when a drunk driver struck her near an interstate ramp.

The man who was driving the car that killed the 22-year-old will now spend up to 55 months in prison.

Daniel Whisnant — charged with killing Sybrant, injuring another and fleeing the scene — pleaded guilty to five charges on Tuesday, including felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by motor vehicle and two counts of felony hit and run with injury. He also pleaded guilty to DWI and driving while his license was revoked.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Jan. 3

January 3, 2012

Newton is plunging back into pool talk. Will the city stay in the swimming pool business, or will it close Catawba County’s last public pool? Details in the Tuesday edition of The O-N-E.

Follow the Newton City Council meeting live tonight @TheONENews, and check www.observernewsonline.com to find out what happens.

Blood supply is in demand to start the year, and Friday brings a chance to help fill the need. Find out where and when community blood drives are planned - inside The O-N-E.

January 2nd

7 county hoops squads return to action Tuesday

January 2, 2012

Following the conclusion of the 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic, prep basketball action returns today.

Teams in the early stages of the conference portions of their schedules in both the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A.

In a rematch of Thursday’s thrilling boys title game at the Catawba Valley Classic, Hickory welcomes Alexander Central.

Foard (10-3, 0-2) tries to snap a 26-game conference losing streak in boys basketball against South Caldwell (5-6, 0-2).

St. Stephens is also in action. The Indians travel to Hibriten.

County swim meet in Hickory on Tuesday

January 2, 2012

All of Catawba County’s high school swim teams meet at the Hickory YMCA tonight for the annual county swim meet.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., features teams from Maiden, Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens, Hickory, Newton-Conover and Bandys.

The Red Tornadoes are the defending champions of the meet, winning both the boys and girls titles one year ago at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Aquatic Center.

Hickory’s boys team earned 100 points last year, finishing 27 points ahead of Fred T. Foard.

In girls action, the Lady Red Tornadoes’ 91 points were good enough to edge St. Stephens’ 77 points.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 2, 2012

Mitchell Scott Huggins, 46, of Hickory, died unexpectedly, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home in Mountain View.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Mitchell Scott Huggins.

Wayne E. Tripp Sr., 79, of Taylorsville, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley.  The Tripp family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

City to plunge into pool talk

January 2, 2012

After committing $127,850 toward a swimming pool that earned $7,331 during summer 2011, Newton leaders are preparing to consider the future of Catawba County's only remaining public swimming facility.

And when Newton City Council discusses the city pool during a meeting tonight, it won't get much help from the city's recreation commission.

High-profile cases expected today

January 2, 2012

Several high-profile defendants are scheduled to appear in court today, including accused murderer Everette Hewitt.

Hewitt, 32, of Claremont, is charged with murdering three people in March 2011, when he allegedly walked into a Conover mobile home and started shooting. He is also charged with second-degree trespassing, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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