January 9th, 2012
HICKORY â€” The North Carolina police department that solved the killing of a disabled 10-year-old Australian girl now has a portrait of the child to remind them of their duty to protect children.
A resident gave the city's police department the watercolor painting of the freckle-faced girl.
Police Chief Tom Adkins received the painting Friday with investigators who solved Zahra's slaying. Adkins says the painting will be a reminder of the need to protect children by reporting abuse.
STATESVILLE â€” Iredell County officials released the name of a man who was shot and killed by North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers after they say he fired at officers.
Officials say 45-year-old William D. Miller Jr. was shot to death early Sunday after he had fired at troopers and a sheriff's deputy near Statesville.
Authorities say three troopers and a sheriff's deputy were following up on a reported hit-and-run when a man left the home carrying a weapon. State police say the officers told the man to drop the weapon, and a deputy tried to use a Taser on the suspect.
Monday, Jan. 9
Maiden basketball at Lincoln Charter
CVCC women's basketball at Walters State, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Bandys basketball at South Iredell
Bandys wrestling vs. South Iredell HS
Bunker Hill wrestling vs. West Caldwell, 7 p.m.
Bunker Hill basketball at West Caldwell
Fred T. Foard basketball at St. Stephens
Fred T. Foard wrestling vs. St. Stephens, 6 p.m.
Maiden basketball vs. East Burke
Maiden wrestling at East Burke, 7 p.m.
N-C basketball at Draughn
N-C wrestling vs. Draughn, 7 p.m.
St. Stephens basketball vs. Foard
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Roy Hibbert scored 20 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-77 on Saturday night.
Hibbert, who briefly left the game with a sprained right ankle, also had eight rebounds and three blocks. Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points, Darren Collison had 14, and Danny Granger and George Hill each added 13 for the Pacers (6-2), who improved to 3-0 at home. Indiana was coming off an 87-74 win at Boston on Friday night.
Newton-Conover took an early lead and pulled away from Bunker Hill for a 66-50 CVAC win.
Kevin Halloway led the Red Devils (8-6, 3-1) with 14 points.
Taylor Simmons netted a team-high 14 points for the Bears (2-13, 2-3).
Newton-Conover 83, Bunker Hill 18
Kadesha Gibbs, Taylor Petty and Shynese Whitener combined for 56 points to lead the Lady Red Devils (11-3, 3-1) to the win against the Lady Bears.
Gibbs also notched her 1,000th career point in Fridayâ€™s game.
Maiden improved to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play with a win over Bandys in boys basketball on Friday, 56-36.
Matt Johnson led all Blue Devil scorers with 15 points, while Jason Gantt pitched in 11 points.
Colton Medlin scored a game-high 17 points in the loss for Bandys (1-13, 0-5)
Fred T. Foard 68, Hibriten 54
The Tigers (11-4, 1-3) ended a 27-game conference losing streak by knocking off the Panthers on the road.
Jordan Turner scored 25 points, while Brice Falgout added 14 points in the victory for Foard.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Atlanta Hawks went to overtime for a second straight night, pulling out a 102-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Josh Smith.
The Hawks lost in triple-overtime to the Miami Heat the night before, but made sure there wouldn't be multiple extra periods needed by scoring the first seven points, with early 3-pointers by Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson.
Marvin Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Al Horford scored 15 points for the Hawks (5-3).
Catawba County Schools (CCS) will look to state search professionals in its quest to find the system's next superintendent.
On Friday, the CCS Board of Education hired the N.C. School Boards Association (NCSBA) to help in the search for a successor to Glenn Barger, who will retire as superintendent June 30. CCS will pay NCSBA a minimum of $10,500 for its services.
NCSBA will advertise the CCS vacancy, collect applications and conduct background checks on potential candidates, among other services. CCS leaders will ultimately choose the new superintendent.
Mary Elizabeth Hewitt Parlier, 98, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.
The Parlier family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.
Helen Hefner Nail, 81, of Hickory, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Nail family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
County officials want citizen input on a planned new library in Sherrills Ford.
Plans call for the new library to be built near the intersection of Sherrills Ford Road and N.C. 150. The new facility will help address space and community needs that the current library building lacks, officials say.
Catawba County has hired an architect and is in the planning stages.
Library officials want citizen input from residents who live in the Sherrills Ford and Terrell areas.