November 16th, 2010
Raindrops fell Monday on Zahra Baker's former residence in Hickory, but a newly added plastic tarp kept the ever-expanding memorial for the 11-year-old dry. Balloons, stuffed animals, angel ornaments and hand-written letters encircle a tree in the front yard of Zahra's former home, located at 21 21st Ave. NW. The plastic tarp that covers the memorial is held down with pieces of wood to ensure nothing is damaged by the rain scheduled to arrive in the coming days.
Claude Daniel Finger, 90, of Vale, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at CMC-Lincoln. Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Lincolnton Church of God. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church. The interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Dr. Richard King Sr. will officiate.
James “Jimmy” Miles Ligon, 53, of Newton, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Brian Center-Viewmont. A graveside service will be held Nov. 18, 2010, in Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews.
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers attempted a furious comeback, but they fell short. The Buccaneers hit several 3-pointers in the closing minutes of their game Monday at home against Spartanburg Methodist College and pulled close.
Spartanburg Methodist made 1 of 2 free throws, and the Pioneers defeated the Buccaneers 59-55 at CVCCâ€™s Multi-Purpose Complex.
Spartanburg Methodist was 16-of-18 shooting Monday night from the free-throw line, and CVCC made only 3 of 11 attempts.
Bennie Mozingo led Spartanburg Methodist with a game-high 14 points. D.J. Brown scored 10.
The first round of the state 2-AA West playoffs did not go as planned for Bunker Hill. The Bears rolled into Shelby on Friday night a lot of momentum, but they sputtered offensively losing 38-6.
Bunker Hill was limited to 200 yards of total offense and was pinned on its half of field most of the night.
â€śThey came in and played very hard,Â very physical,â€ť said Shelby head coach Chris Norman. â€śThey gave us a challenge. That three-headed monster gave us a scare all week, but our defensive unit played well, and we won the line-of-scrimmage battle against them.â€ť
The Owen Warhorses rode their workhorse to a first-round win over the Newton-Conover Red Devils, and he is a big one.
Running back Austin Davis, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, had a game-high 197 yards rushing and three offensive touchdowns for Owen in a 28-25 win at Gurley Stadium.
Davis scored 26 points Friday â€”Â four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion â€” and called his performance a â€ścareer night.â€ť Owen coach Ken Ford said Davis has made â€śbig playsâ€ť the entire season.
Another boat owner is a victim of a three-week crime spree in Sherrills Ford.
Todd Christopher Goodykoontz, 40, of Sherrills Ford, reported Nov. 8 that an unknown suspect stole 25 gallons of gasoline from his boat. The vehicle was docked in a community area in the 2300 block of North View Harbor in Sherrills Ford.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report, the victim discovered the larceny Oct. 15.
2:30 a.m. Oct. 9
Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, claims she saw Zahra sleeping in her bed.
5:30 a.m. Oct. 9
A brush fire is reported in the backyard of the Zahra's residence, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory.
A Hickory Police officer notices the smell of gasoline coming from a Chevrolet Tahoe parked on the property and finds a hand-written ransom note demanding $1 million in unmarked bills.
2 p.m. Oct. 9
Zahra is reported missing, and police issue an Amber Alert.
12:45 p.m. Oct. 10
It was the outcome no one wanted but everyone expected.
Police recovered enough physical evidence to believe they located the remains of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl reported missing more than a month ago.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins announced Friday during a brief press conference that a bone located last week on Christie Road in Caldwell County matches a DNA sample taken from inside Zahra Baker's home.
The holiday punch bowl was always a source of struggle for Owen "Buddy" Shoup.
Shoup struggled with alcoholism and addiction, and his family's punch bowl tempted him to start drinking again. To help encourage Shoup's sobriety, his mother made a nonalcoholic beverage for Shoup and placed the beverage in a smaller bowl beside the family punch bowl.
Shoup battled his alcoholism step by step and day by day.
"That little dish eventually became the whole punch bowl," he said.
Brenda Fay Hawkins Clark, 70, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Clark family.