November 13th, 2010
Another boat owner is a victim of a three-week crime spree in Sherrills Ford.
Todd Christopher Goodykoontz, 40, of Sherrills Ford, reported Nov. 8 that an unknown suspect stole 25 gallons of gasoline from his boat. The vehicle was docked in a community area in the 2300 block of North View Harbor in Sherrills Ford.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report, the victim discovered the larceny Oct. 15.
2:30 a.m. Oct. 9
Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, claims she saw Zahra sleeping in her bed.
5:30 a.m. Oct. 9
A brush fire is reported in the backyard of the Zahra's residence, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory.
A Hickory Police officer notices the smell of gasoline coming from a Chevrolet Tahoe parked on the property and finds a hand-written ransom note demanding $1 million in unmarked bills.
2 p.m. Oct. 9
Zahra is reported missing, and police issue an Amber Alert.
12:45 p.m. Oct. 10
It was the outcome no one wanted but everyone expected.
Police recovered enough physical evidence to believe they located the remains of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl reported missing more than a month ago.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins announced Friday during a brief press conference that a bone located last week on Christie Road in Caldwell County matches a DNA sample taken from inside Zahra Baker's home.
The holiday punch bowl was always a source of struggle for Owen "Buddy" Shoup.
Shoup struggled with alcoholism and addiction, and his family's punch bowl tempted him to start drinking again. To help encourage Shoup's sobriety, his mother made a nonalcoholic beverage for Shoup and placed the beverage in a smaller bowl beside the family punch bowl.
Shoup battled his alcoholism step by step and day by day.
"That little dish eventually became the whole punch bowl," he said.
Brenda Fay Hawkins Clark, 70, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Clark family.
Police have enough evidence to confirm Zahra Baker's death.
During a press conference Friday, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said, "with great regret," investigators recovered enough evidence to constitute the recovery of Zahra, a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing Oct. 9.
DNA evidence from a bone found days ago on Christie Road matched a DNA sample taken from Zahra's belongings at her home in Hickory.
Check the Saturday edition of The O-N-E for more details on this breaking news story.
Home-field advantage is a luxury, and there is no place like home for Newton-Conover. Heading into this weekâ€™s playoff game, the Red Devils have won six straight home playoff games and their last 24 games at Gurley Stadium.
â€śHome-field advantage helps you out â€” even in the regular season,â€ť Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. â€śHopefully, we can get some of the fans in the area who donâ€™t want drive a long way to come to our game, sit on our side and help us out even more.â€ť
Newton native Pauletta Pearson Washington and her husband, Denzel Washington, were honored in New York City for their acting careers and community outreach.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA held the 28th annual Princess Grace Awards Gala on Nov. 10 in New York City. The awards ceremony included the presentation of 21 awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as the Prince Rainier III Award to be presented to Denzel and Pauletta Washington.
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.