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March 8th, 2011

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March 8, 2011

James “Jim” Henry Huffman Sr., 76, of Claremont, died March 7, 2011, following a period of declining health.  Jim was the eldest son of the late John Henry and Elma Loftin Huffman.  Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Huffman family.

Phillip Dexter Keener, 54, of Hickory, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A celebration of Phillip's life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel on Startown Road.

Elisa's cases continued

March 8, 2011

Court dates are piling up for Elisa Baker, whose felony charges were continued Tuesday in superior court.

Baker, who is charged in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra, was scheduled to appear in court for bigamy and obstruction of justice charges that surfaced after the investigation in Zahra's murder.

Those cases were continued, adding more dates on the court docket for Baker and her court-appointed attorney Scott Reilly. Baker is confined in Catawba County jail under a $307,700 bond, and she didn't appear in court Tuesday.

Prayer week starts for HIV, AIDS victims

March 8, 2011

Prayers are lifted high this week for Catawba County residents infected with HIV and AIDS.

This week is the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV and AIDS, and three area churches, as well as ALFA, are reaching out to residents infected and affected by the disease.

"(The goal) is to inspire those who are affected and infected by HIV," said Michelle Mathis, health and wellness minister at Exodus Missionary Outreach Church. "Life doesn't end with a positive diagnosis."

90-year-olds knit, donate items

March 8, 2011

A group of Hickory women are Knit Wits, and they don't care who knows it.

The women, who are in their 90s, live at Pinecrest Retirement Community in Hickory, where they knit lap blankets, head coverings and baby caps to donate to area hospitals and other organizations.

"I feel like we're doing something for somebody that needs something special," said Romalda Aman, 95.

March 7th

2 indicted for murder

March 7, 2011

Two men were indicted Monday on murder charges at the Catawba County Justice Center.

The Catawba County Grand Jury indicted Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, of Hickory, and Brian Todd Hieb, 43, of Sherrills Ford, on murder charges stemming from two unrelated deaths. The clerk of court's office said Monday that the indictments don't specify whether the murder charge is first or second degree.

Website to create, retain jobs

March 7, 2011

Catawba County received a more than $200,000 grant to increase the visibility of its small, rural manufacturers.

The web-based program will connect small companies with potential clients through the worldwide exposure of the Internet, in the hope of creating and retaining manufacturing jobs in Catawba County.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 7, 2011

Martha Smith Yount, of Blowing Rock, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.  The Yount family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

John W. Hatchett passed away peacefully in his sleep at Carillon Assisted Living in Newton on March 5, 2011.  Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Hatchett family.

Company leases city warehouse

March 7, 2011

A Claremont warehouse has a new occupant, according to a statement released Monday from a private real estate company.

JER Partners announced that Sutter Street Manufacturing, a division of home-goods manufacturer Williams-Sonoma, will lease the entire warehouse on Kelly Boulevard in Claremont. The company's decision to come to Claremont, however, is a business move the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and the city of Claremont have yet to confirm.

Laurels and darts: Darts to the process, not to the CCS hire

March 7, 2011

DARTS

After the Catawba County Schools Board of Education announced a new superintendent for the county’s largest school system, we fire darts at officials who orchestrated the search.

Riverbend Park closed today

March 7, 2011

Riverbend Park, off N.C. 16 in northern Catawba County, is closed Monday for the safety of the public.
Duke Energy will open flood gates at the Oxford Dam following weekend rains. Conditions are unsafe for patrons at the park when the flood gates open.

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