March 1st, 2011
Could Zahra's death have been prevented?
That's the question on the minds of Catawba County residents, as well as a state board charged with reviewing child deaths after previous involvement with departments of social services.
"When are we going to make children a priority?" asked Angela Phillips, a former Guardian ad Litem district administrator, who recently retired from the program after 24 years of service.
Donald Elmer Floyd, 74, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly and went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Floyd family.
Donald "Don-Don" Nelson Owenby, 58, of Lincolnton, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Graveside honors will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury.
Treatments for cancer don't always involve painful injections or reconstructive surgery.
If you ask women involved in the American Cancer Society's Look Good, Feel Better program, they'll tell you that, sometimes, all it takes for a cancer patient to feel better is a swipe of lipstick and some sparkly earrings.
Fred T. Foard capped an amazing season on Saturday by capturing their first-ever state title in any boysâ€™ sport.
Leading the charge for the Tigers was Hayden Albert, who finished as a state runner-up in the 160-pound weight class. That finish is a tie with David Bradan (2002) for the best overall finish in a state tournament in school history.
Also finishing strong were Jacob Harper and Dillon Johnson. Harper finished fourth at 145 pounds, and Johnson, who was a West Region champion at 171 pounds, finished in fifth place.
The Bunker Hill baseball team is looking to build on the momentum of last season.
The Bears were 29-1 last year and won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. They won 29 straight games before losing in the third round of the playoffs.
Marty Curtis returns for his 28th season as Bunker Hill baseball coach and 39th season of coaching overall. He says that last season was his best ever at the helm of a team and credits that with a unique grouping.
Twenty-four applications and five months later, Catawba County Schools Board of Education named its interim superintendent as its new leader for the next three years.
During a Monday meeting, board members voted 6-1 to hire Glenn Barger as the full-time superintendent until 2014. Board member Sherry Butler cast the dissenting vote.
A Lincoln County woman faces drug charges Monday after multiple law enforcement agencies busted a marijuana-growing operation in her home.
Narcotics officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Newton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office arrested Pamela Jean Lingerfelt, 48, at her home Friday. They discovered 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine, $1,900 in cash, several items of drug paraphernalia and 22 grams of marijuana in a hidden growing operation in an outbuilding on the property.
The residence that was once the crime of a grisly mutilation was broken into Saturday.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Monday the reported break-in and larceny at 5209 Ruth Drive in Hickory is unrelated to the alleged murder and mutilation of Stephen Starr that occurred at the residence Feb. 14.
Additional indictments have been filed against the stepmother of Zahra Baker, this time on unrelated charges in Caldwell County.
A Caldwell County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment for Elisa Annette Baker, 42, on one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. Court records show that on or about April 3, 2010, Elisa â€śunlawfully, willfully and feloniouslyâ€ť did obtain electric utility service from Duke Energy for the familyâ€™s Hudson home while using someone elseâ€™s name without permission.
Severe weather swept through Catawba County on Monday afternoon, leaving downed power lines and toppled trees in the storm's wake.
Catawba County's emergency communications center was swapped with calls for service as residents reported power lines in the roadways, fallen trees on houses and even funnel-like clouds in the area.
Catawba County is no longer under a National Weater Service-issued torndao watch, which was canceled for the area about 6:15 p.m.