A 4-month-old puppy was euthanized after it was bitten by a rabid skunk in northeastern Catawba County during the weekend.
The rabies case is the county's second of 2012.
A homeowner on Oxford School Road recovered the skunk and submitted it to the State Health lab in Raleigh for testing.
The lab notified Catawba County on Tuesday that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
The puppy, which had not received a rabies vaccination, was euthanized.
No humans were exposed to the skunk.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) may have to dip into its savings fund in a big way next school year to deal with state cuts.
In a worst-case situation, the school system will have to take $4 million out of its fund balance to counteract state cuts for the 2012-13 school year and continue operating as it is, said CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger.
The budget announcement is based on worst-case-scenario projections from the state and could change as the state moves closer to approving its final budget.
SYDNEY â€” The Australian mother of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her American stepmother in Hickory said Tuesday she has no idea what became of her daughter's ashes since the child's father brought them to Australia.
Attorney Shell Pearce said Monday that his client, Adam Baker, left the United States roughly two weeks ago at the behest of U.S. federal immigration officials, bringing the remains of his daughter, Zahra, with him for burial in Australia.
Zahra Bakerâ€™s father has left the United States, and he took remains of his murdered daughter with him.
Details on Adam Bakerâ€™s departure from the nation are in the Tuesday print and online editions of The O-N-E.
Maidenâ€™s Highâ€™s former band director pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties with a student. Heâ€™ll serve two years probation and spend 30 years as a registered sex offender.
Thereâ€™s GOOD NEWS in Tuesdayâ€™s edition of The O-N-E, too.
Donors delivered on Bandys High wishes for laptops, nooks and iPods.
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Bandys basketball at Maiden
Bandys wrestling vs. Maiden (Senior night)
Bunker Hill wrestling at Newton-Conover
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Newton-Conover
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. Hibriten
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Hibriten (Hunter Huss), 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
CVCC men's basketball at Rockingham CC, 7 p.m.
L-R baseball at Pfeiffer, 2 p.m.
L-R basketball at Anderson (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 2
No games scheduled
Friday, Feb. 3
Bandys basketball vs. South Iredell
Kicking off their 20th anniversary campaign in style, the Hickory Crawdads hosted their annual Hot Stove Banquet at Rock Barn Golf and Spa on Monday.
The event featured a number of guest speakers, including former â€˜Dads general manager Marty Steele and former Hickory players Josh Bonifay (2000-01), Chris Mader (1993-94) and Jason Evans (1993).
Steele, who was teamâ€™s first-ever general manager, recanted the first opening day at its new stadium.
The latest individual state prep wrestling polls include 31 Catawba County athletes ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.
The Retrorankings.com lists include 16 area wrestlers in the 2A ranks and 15 in the 3A ranks.
Four wrestlers from three schools are also ranked atop their respective weight classes. They include Newton-Conoverâ€™s Ian Canrobert at 106, Foardâ€™s Caleb Griffin at 120, St. Stephensâ€™ Ian Martin at 138 and Foardâ€™s Hayden Albert at 160.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Carolina Panthers have a new look.
For the first time since joining the league in 1995, the Panthers have changed their logo. According to a press release Sunday night, the logo has been designed to provide a "more aggressive, contemporary look to the logo while making it more three-dimensional for ever-increasing digital use."
The Panthers will transition to the refined logo throughout 2012.
The primary tweaks made by the creative department of the National Football League are primarily in the features in the eye and mouth.
Vivian Sigmon Hedrick, 87, of Claremont, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Valley Nursing Home in Taylorsville. The Hedrick family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
John Fleming Reece II, 61, of Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. A funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with Arthur Yount officiating.
Adam Baker is no longer in the United States, according to Vincent Picard of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Atlanta.
Picard confirmed Monday that Baker, who moved to western North Carolina from Australia after meeting Elisa Baker online and marrying her in 2008, purchased an airline ticket and left the country.