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April 4th, 2011

Grand jury to hear triple murder case

April 4, 2011

The case of a Hickory man who authorities say killed three people in a Catawba County trailer park will go before a grand jury.

Sheriff's officials arrested 32-year-old Everett Hewitt last month following a manhunt that involved 100 officers from several area law enforcement agencies.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Hewitt is being held at the Catawba County Detention Center on three counts of murder pending Monday's grand jury hearing. A public defender has been appointed.

April 1st

N-C wrestling club celebrates fourth year

April 1, 2011

Four years strong and growing.

The Newton-Conover wrestling club celebrated its fourth season this week with a special presentation honoring those who participated in the club.

N-C wrestling coach Eddy Clark, who organizes the youth club, came up with the idea from a meeting with a college coach.

"We met with Kevin Dresser, the head coach at Virginia Tech," Clark said. "He had been a real successful high school coach. He gave us ideas, and we got great coaches in place. This is what we came up with."

Councils meet Monday

April 1, 2011

Two Catawba County municipalities released their agendas for upcoming meetings Monday.
Catawba Town Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Maiden Town Council will also meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Maiden Branch Library.

Maiden Town Council's agenda includes:
-A period for citizens requests and comments;
-Discussion on an agreement between the town and CBSA architects;
-Approval of surplus items.

Catawba Town Council's agenda includes:

Animal cruelty reports increase

April 1, 2011

Sitting inside Catawba County Animal Services manager Jay Blatche's office is a sign that says the greatness of a person can be judged by the way he treats animals.

More people in Catawba County appear to be acting on that principal judging from an increase in the number of calls reporting animal cruelty.

Blatche said the county's animal shelter has received more calls recently regarding allegations of possible animal abuse or neglect.

"People are being a lot more proactive, for whatever reason that may be," Blatche said.

County is 18th healthiest in state

April 1, 2011

Barbara Lingerfelt walked easily Friday on a treadmill at the Shuford YMCA in Conover.

Her breath wasn't strained; she talked comfortably; and she wore a smile on her face. For Lingerfelt, exercising is part of a daily routine 40 years in the making — eating right, working out and taking care of her body.

Those are habits more people in Catawba County are adopting, according to a recently released national study. Catawba County ranks 18th in the list of healthiest counties as outlined by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Leaders gather to stop abuse

April 1, 2011

It's too late for Zahra Baker.

It isn't too late, however, to prevent other children from becoming victims of child abuse in Catawba County. That's why county elected leaders and law enforcement officials gathered Friday at the Children's Advocacy Center in Conover to announce their commitments to preventing child abuse and protecting children in the area.

March 31st

Red Devils win potential playoff preview

March 31, 2011

Tied with Shelby and heading into doubles play, the Newton-Conover tennis team needed to win two matches to clinch the victory Thursday.

Not only did the Red Devils (14-2, 9-0) win two doubles matches, but they swept the second-ranked Golden Lions (9-2, 7-0) in decisive fashion.

Coming into the match, Newton-Conover was ranked No. 1 in the state in 2A tennis, while Shelby was No. 2.

Friday, April 1, 2011

March 31, 2011

Geneva Raney Eckard, 85, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at her residence. The Eckard family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.

James Carl Keener, 64, of Maiden, passed away March 29, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Services will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home Chapel.

Moritz meets with Charlotte mayor

March 31, 2011

Conover's city leader joined other mayors in the greater piedmont region to discuss issues facing their constituents with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Mayor Lee Moritz Jr. traveled Wednesday to Davidson College's Lily Gallery for dialogue about economic challenges, as well as transportation and crime issues within the state.

'Heroes' for American Red Cross

March 31, 2011

From devastating fires and armed forces services to disaster relief and safety training, the Catawba Valley American Red Cross assists people during some of the most defining moments of their lives.

But with an economy where many people are forced to stop donating to charities, the Red Cross needs help with financial support.

That's why the Catawba Valley chapter is participating in the 2011 Heroes for the American Red Cross campaign, a grassroots, volunteer-led campaign to raise funds locally.

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