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December 6th

County given clean financial health

December 6, 2010

More than $1 million in budgetary cuts this year gave Catawba County a clean bill of financial health during tough economic times, according to the county's annual financial report.
Certified public accountants Martin Starnes & Associates conducted the annual audit of the county's 2009-10 financial position and presented the findings Monday to the Board of Commissioners at its scheduled meeting.
The audit considers the county's overall financial health, as well as its use of federal and state dollars.

24 applications received in leader search

December 6, 2010

Catawba County Schools Board of Education is moving ahead at a fast rate to find the school system's new superintendent.
During Monday's board meeting, after board members Sherry Butler, Charlie Wyant, David Brittain and Glenn Fulbright were sworn in, it was down to business as Allison Schafer, of the North Carolina School Board Association, presented board members with information regarding the superintendent search.
After the November application deadline, Schafer said 24 applications were received for the superintendent position.

Pressure tested

December 6, 2010

When Mallard Creek increased the pressure on Monday night, Newton-Conover’s Lady Red Devils weren’t rattled.
Using full court pressure to start the second half, the Lady Mavericks whittled away a Newton-Conover lead that grew as large as 12 points. Every time the Mavericks neared the Lady Red Devils — coming as close as five points — Newton-Conover responded, en route to a 68-55 win.
The victory improves Newton-Conover to 3-0.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 6, 2010

Carl Andrew Goins, 71, of Sherrills Ford, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Harris officiating. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Goins family.

Donnie Wilson Sigman, 95, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Donnie Wilson Sigman.

Zahra's mother details trip to Hickory

December 6, 2010

HICKORY — The mother of a 10-year-old Australian girl who authorities believe was killed in North Carolina says dealing with her daughter's death has been painful.

But Emily Dietrich wrote that she believes her daughter, Zahra Baker, is at peace.

"My search for Zahra was finally over," she wrote in a diary of the trip that she gave News 7 Australia, the TV network that accompanied her to Hickory. "I may not be able to ever hug her, or give her a kiss, but I can always tell her I love her and that I am proud of her."

Even Uncle Sam can be a victim

December 6, 2010

Recently some sort of hacker got into one of my old e-mail accounts and enjoyed a field day with my “address book,” my e-mail and, for all I know, any personal information I have given the e-mail service provider.

Darts to DA’s Office jeopardizing Baker case

December 6, 2010

Darts to a management mistake that could, as a motion by the 25th Judicial District Attorney’s office states, “jeopardize the right of the state to prosecute a defendant” in the death of Zahra Baker.
While prosectors also believed opening police search warrants could “undermine” police investigations in the Baker case, District Attorney Jay Gaither’s office failed to do the work required to keep those files confidential.

December 4th

ASU cruises to win

December 4, 2010

Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lift the Mountaineers over visiting Western Illinois, 42-14.
Presley finished the snowy contest with a career-best 264 rushing yards to add to a 417-yard ground game for the Mountaineers. With the win Appalachian State advances to face Villanova in the FCS football tournament. The Mountaineers will next host the Wildcats, who defeated No. 3 seeded Stephen F. Austin, 54-24. The round 3 FCS match-up will be played either Friday or Saturday.

December 3rd

"Captain" Morgan Leads The Way For Saint

December 4, 2010

“Captain” Morgan McLeod led the charge Friday for the St. Stephens Indians. McLeod scored a game-high 24 points in the Indians’ 52-40 win at Bunker Hill in the first game of the 13th annual Bob Carraway Coaches vs. Cancer event.

“We had a game plan set, and we saw the big man go down,” St. Stephens assistant coach Randy Dillingham said. “We were joking and said when Morgan was a freshman, he didn’t make the team. He doesn’t have much athletic ability, but he busts his tail and that’s what he does.“

Maiden gets win No. 2

December 4, 2010

Things didn’t start out as planned for Maiden on Friday night at Fred T. Foard. The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but a second half resurgence by Maiden’s fast-paced offense and stifling defense gave the Blue Devils a 57-45 come-from-behind win.

“We got down early because we didn’t move the ball well,” said Maiden head coach Doug Miller. “We were just settling for 3s that weren’t really there, but we came out in the second half with a whole new mentality.”

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