January 4th, 2011
An electrical malfunction led to a fire at Valley Hills Mall on Tuesday morning.
Hickory Fire Department responded to an activated fire alarm at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday at the mall, 1960 U.S. 70 SE. Even though no smoke was seen from the outside of the mall, firefighters were let into the building by a security guard. The guard confirmed he smelled smoke inside the mall.
After searching the mall, firefighters saw smoke and water coming from the Hot Topic store on the mall's lower level. Firefighters forced entry into the store and found smoke in Hot Topic's storage area.
A judge released 29 more warrants Tuesday in the Zahra Baker murder investigation.
The warrants total 200 pages and include information from Hickory Police's search for the missing 10-year-old Australian native.
Check The O-N-E's Wednesday edition for details uncovered in the warrants.
A Newton man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
Jonathan Caleb Burke, 31, of Newton, was charged with reckless driving, felony hit and run and second-degree murder after he hit and killed Tammy Wallis, 29, of Newton. Wallis was killed as she walked to her mailbox in September 2008.
Burke was offered a plea agreement that consolidated his reckless driving and felony hit-and-run charges into the second-degree murder charge.
The Newton-Conover Auditorium continues its series of musical events with a one-night only performance by legendary mandolin player Sam Bush.
Grammy-Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush, alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.
At Bandys, the girls' basketball team is a family affair.
From the head coach to the assistant coach to the junior varsity coach and many of the players, almost every part of the team involves family. It started when head coach Beth Queen began coaching AAU basketball with her players when they were age 9-10.
"I guess there is more comfort because we have coached them from such a young age," Queen said. "We know them really well, and we know what to expect. Sometimes we know what to expect before the kid does it on the court."
The St. Stephens wrestling team finished 2010 with a bang.
The Indians were a perfect 5-0 record at the RS Central Duals on Saturday. They defeated McDowell (62-15), West Henderson (62-9), Chase (46-24), Polk County (55-24) and tournament host RS Central (65-15).
Not only was their record impressive, but so were the milestones of two individuals on the team.
Coach Billy Baker reached his 350th career win on the last dual of the day against Polk County.
Nine residents were selected Monday who could potentially determine the outcome of an investigation into the death and disappearance of Zahra Baker.
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin presided over the selection Monday of new members of the Catawba County Grand Jury. It's these people who determine if there's reasonable cause to charge someone in connection with Zahra's death.
The man accused of killing a woman with his vehicle and leaving the scene of the crash was in court Monday.
Jonathan Caleb Burke, 31, of Newton, appeared in Catawba County District Court on charges of injury to real property and a motions violation.
Burke is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving to endanger after he allegedly struck and killed Tamara Wallis, of Newton, as she stood outside her home on N.C. 16 in September 2008.
Jaime Perez, 47, of Hickory, died Jan. 1, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Nonie Sarah Edwards Beatty, 102, of Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A service of remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Sherrills Ford Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Ted Grant and the Rev. Jamie Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Residents have a couple more days to pay their taxes without having interest added to their bills for delinquent payments.
The deadline for residents' tax payments is Wednesday.
Catawba County tax administrator Mark Logan said more people paid their tax bills as the year ended, and the county continues to collect payments.
Tax collection increased more than 2 percent this year in comparison to last year.
Logan said, as of Dec. 31, about 70 percent of tax money owed to the county was collected, which increased from about 67 percent collected during 2009.