November 30th, 2011
A Hickory man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.
Ryan Ansley Rendleman was sentenced in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court after a jury deliberated for four hours and decided that he was guilty of killing former girlfriend Christy Whitmore, according to a release from the district 25 attorney's office.
Whitmore was found dead in March 2010 at the mobile home park where she lived with Rendleman.
Rendleman's trial lasted nine days at the Catawba County Justice Center.
Thieves have targeted electronic equipment in multiple homes in Catawba County in the last week.
Flat-screen TVs and video games were stolen in Hickory, Conover and Catawba.
Thieves also stole cigarettes from a Hickory convenience store, and others took a catalytic converter from a vehicle sitting at Catawba Valley Community College.
Following are crimes reported by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Suspects stole a 55-inch flat-screen TV from the home of Randall Scott Setzer, 38, of 1156 Wagon Wheel Road in Hickory, on Monday.
A German-based manufacturer of fan wheels and blowers will bring at least 62 jobs to Catawba County when it opens a new manufacturing plant in Hickory.
Punker LLC produces fan parts for the HVAC and exhaust industries. The company's Hickory plant will be its first manufacturing operation in the United States, according to a release from the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Plans for the plant were announced Wednesday.
Lions, tigers and other exotic animals in Catawba County?
Theyâ€™re here â€”Â and they are lawfully allowed as North Carolina is one of eight states that do not regulate possession of exotic animals. Catawba County leaders want to change that, however, and the Wednesday edition of The O-N-E examines how the countyâ€™s animal control officials are trying to better regulate possession of exotic animals in area municipalities.
St. Stephens spoiled the head coaching debut at Bandys for Mark Story.
The Indians (1-1) pulled out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to the 66-43 victory in Catawba on Tuesday.
Bandys (0-1) fell behind in the first quarter due to 12 turnovers, and were outscored 39-14 in the first half. Dillion Spencer and Jordan James led the Indians in the early going with seven points each in the first half.
The Fred T. Foard girls basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 50-32 victory against the West Lincoln Lady Rebels.
North Lincoln 50, Bunker Hill 36
The Bears fell to 0-3 on the season with a loss to the Knights on Tuesday.
Gray Brotherton scored 21 points, while Travis Cannon added 12 points for the Knights (1-0).
Jordan McGinnis led Bunker Hill with seven points, while Nathan Sherrill added six points.
St. Stephens 54, Ashe Co. 30
113: Body Miller (ASHE) pinned Chris Hovis 1:34
This photo of an Allen's hummingbird at Riverbend Park is The O-N-E news photo of the week.
The hummingbird, only the second ever recorded in North Carolina, first visited the park Nov. 18.
The adult male bird has a rusty-colored head, back and sides; metallic green on his back; and a bright orange-red throat.
The photo was taken by Western Carolina University student Michael McCloy and provided by Catawba County.
W. Harold Blackburn, 84, of Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Blackburn family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Blane Bert “Tex” Burchett died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Burchett family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
County officials are asking the state to review how it governs public possession of lions, tigers and other exotic animals.
North Carolina is one of eight states that do not regulate the possession of exotic animals. State law, rather, entitles county and municipal governments to handle the issue â€” something officials say is inconsistent and could cause safety issues in an emergency.
County officials say a new library in the Sherrills Ford area will help satisfy the communityâ€™s growing population and needs.
Catawba County has hired an architect to design a new county library in the Sherrills Ford area.
Officials have budgeted $2.9 million over the past several years for the building that will more than triple the space of the current branch in Sherrills Ford, said Dewey Harris, assistant Catawba County manager.