November 12th, 2010
Brian Barnett's first week on the job included a lot of meetings and a lot of learning, but he's ready to hit the ground running.
Barnett started Nov. 1 as Catawba's town manager, and he is the third person in six months to hold the position. The town's previous manager, Jonathan Kanipe, left his position July 1 to take a job as Columbus town manager. Eric Davis was then hired as an interim town manager while council members searched for a replacement for Kanipe.
The death Nov. 6 of historian and author Anne Williams McAllister, of Hickory, ended a career of chronicling the rich history of her local ancestors and the diverse roles they played in the 18th and 19th centuries in forming present-day Catawba County.
Evidence recovered during a Caldwell County search could provide police with the information they need to crack a month-old murder investigation.
Hickory Police confirmed Thursday they located potentially valuable evidence Wednesday in the Zahra Baker case during their search of a wooded area near Upper Little River in Caldwell County.
Police, however, remain tight-lipped about what that evidence is.
Volunteers honored Thursday with Giving from the Heart awards were offered congratulations, but more importantly, the winners were offered words of thanks.
The Catawba County Volunteer Center held a reception Thursday at the Catawba Country Club honoring selfless volunteers from across the county.
"Every year, I'm touched, encouraged and excited by what I read about what's going on in our county," said Cheryl Abee, director of the Catawba County United Way's Catawba County Volunteer Center.
Robert “Bob” Glenn McLean II, 50, of Newton, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Mary Lou Gilmore, 79, of Hickory, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center. A private burial will take place at a later time.
Paul Lewis Graham, 90, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Pinecrest in Hickory. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Paul Lewis Graham.
Police found key evidence Wednesday in the Zahra Baker homicide investigation, but they won't confirm the nature of the evidence.
Hickory Police released a press release Thursday stating search teams in Caldwell County "located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case." The evidence is being analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigationâs lab.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers' 2010 season ended Wednesday in the third round of the 3-A West playoffs. Gastonia Ashbrook tied Foard 1-1 in overtime, but it beat the Tigers 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the region semifinal.
Ashbrook plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hickory. The Red Tornadoes beat Asheville 1-0 on Wednesday to advance.
Foard ends the season 14-7-5 overall.
Search teams returned Wednesday to another area that was previously searched for signs of Zahra Baker.
Newton-Conover inducted three members into its athletic Hall of Fame less than a year ago, and now the school wants more. The high school is now accepting nominations for the Newton-Conover Hall of Fameâs 2011 class.
âWe do this once a year, and we got it to where people can start nominating who they want,â said Shawn Sigmon, chairwoman of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame. âThe basic concept is recognizing those people who gave back to Newton-Conover through the athletic program. Weâre hoping older people remember people in the â50s and â60s and will send in a form.â
The Rev. Jack Monroe Benfield, 73, pastor emeritus at Garner United Methodist Church, died Monday at Rex Hospital.Condolences may be made to bryan-leefuneralhome.com.
Susan Monroe Drum, 57, of Catawba, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Drum family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.