February 14th, 2011
A 19-year-old is in custody after he apparently killed his roommate and carved a word into his body.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies are investigating the apparent homicide at 5209 Ruth Drive in Hickory.
Officials said the shooting happened about 4:50 a.m. Monday.
Authorities said Stephen Starr, 36, was shot and stabbed several times and then hit with an ax by his roommate, Michael Anderson, 19. Anderson also carved a word into the side of Starr, but authorities will not release that information at this time.
Two in a row.
Newton-Conover fought off an early game slump to blow open a big lead against West Caldwell on their way to their 13th conference win.
The victory gives the Lady Red Devils their second consecutive CVAC championship on Senior night.
"This is a huge accomplishment for this team," said N-C head coach Jonathan Tharpe. "These seniors have spent three years with me working on trying to be the best basketball players and teammates that they can. For us to win back-to-back conference championships is very special."
Howard Joe “Snake” Killian, 74, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 9, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Killian family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
Danny “Pete” Gordon Hood, 59, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Hood family.
For two weeks, Catawba County schools have seen absentees double among students, thanks to the flu.
"We have been on flu surveillance for two weeks," said Rhonda Stikeleather, Catawba County Public Health school nurse supervisor.
Stikeleather said there was a noticeable increase in absentees at Startown and Mountain View elementary schools.
On Jan. 31, Startown Elementary School reported 100 absences, followed by 103 absences Feb. 1. The absentee number slowly decreased and was down to 37 students absent Feb. 10. The school's total enrollment is 640.
Two Catawba County police agencies assisted Thursday in a Lincolnton drug bust of a marijuana-growing operation.
Narcotics officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Newton Police Department worked with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement team to arrest a Vale man accused of growing and selling marijuana from his home.
Maiden High School's quarterback is right at home in his Blue Devil uniform, throwing passes to his teammates and running for touchdowns on crisp fall nights.
But junior Matthew Johnson is also equally comfortable in his black Beta Club T-shirt, juggling service projects and running for a statewide leadership position.
Johnson, the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, was recently elected as North Carolina state Beta Club president.
Johnson's election made him Maiden High's first state officer in about eight years.
Ten years ago, members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover huddled together for an impromptu worship service at 3 a.m. in the church gym.
They had just watched their church â€” the building reserved for life's most intimate and precious moments â€” go up in flames.
Now, a decade later, church members are celebrating their growing congregation, church facilities and profound recovery from two devastating fires in 51 years. The church will hold two anniversary services Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
An outbuilding and a mobile home were damaged Friday after live ashes spread to the structures from a burn barrel nearby.
Hickory Fire Department arrived at 2221 First St. SE to find a fully involved fire in an outbuilding. The flames were spreading to an adjacent mobile home.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the outbuilding sustained heavy damage. The mobile home sustained moderate damage.
No one was injured.
The Trojans turned up the intensity and pressure in the second quarter and never looked back.
Bandys executed to perfection offensively and defensively against Fred T. Foard in the second quarter and outscored the Lady Tigers, 22-5, on their way to a non-conference victory on Thursday.
â€śWe just tried to focus tonight,â€ť said Bandys head coach Beth Queen. â€śDefensively, we set a goal to hold them under 40 points. We just sat our goals and focused on the little things.â€ť
Police are connecting a string of multi-county business break-ins involving thieves who disarm alarm systems before stealing money safes.
Law enforcement officials have suspects in the break-ins, and they say those suspects are professional thieves who were arrested in the past for similar crimes.
Break-ins at Dollar General stores in Claremont and Conover were reported in the past several weeks, which led police to think those break-ins are related to a string of similar crimes in Burke and Caldwell counties.