February 24th, 2011
The cause of a house fire remains undetermined Thursday after investigators sifted through the remains of a Newton mobile home destroyed in a late-night blaze.
Fire broke out Wednesday night in a double-wide manufactured home at 1870 April's Way off Sigmon Dairy Road in Newton. The home was a total loss, and two vehicles were damaged from exposure to flames and smoke.
Despite eleven 3-pointers from Shelby, the Lady Trojans knocked off the previously unbeaten Golden Lions on the road Wednesday.
Both teams were tied 34-34 at halftime. The Lady Trojans (26-3) came out sluggish in the second half. They committed four early turnovers in the third quarter after only having ten turnovers in the first half.
The Lady Red Devils advanced to the Sectional Round of the playoffs with a victory over Mountain Heritage on the road Wednesday.
Leading Newton-Conover (23-3) were four players â€“ Kadesha Gibbs, Quazzy Tipps, Shynese Whitener and Tiana Littlejohn.
They combined to score 48 of their teamâ€™s 59 points in the game.
The Lady Red Devils rushed out to a 28-13 halftime lead with a combination of their strong defense and fast break offense.
The State 2A Individual Wrestling Tournament begins today, as 21 local wrestlers from Bandys, Bunker Hill, Newton-Conover and Maiden will compete.
Last season, the entire tournament was two days in length, which caused some scheduling issues. Some tournament matches lasted until right around mid-night.
The new tournament schedule is three days in length and 2A teams start competition on Thursday instead of Friday.
When the Revs. Ann and Frank Aichinger saw "The Grace Card" movie, they knew it had to come to Hickory.
The problem was that the film, scheduled for release Feb. 25, was only available for screening in larger cities like Charlotte and Raleigh.
The Aichingers, who are co-pastors at New Vision Church in Conover, saw "The Grace Card" in November during a special pre-screening event. They learned that, although the film wasn't set to appear in Catawba County movie theaters, there was something they could do to change that.
Larry Keith Chapman, 52, of Newton, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home of Conover with the Rev. Lloyd King officiating.
Four people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after two vehicles collided head-on.
Shelly Lynn Rodgers, 36, of Sherrills Ford, was traveling near the 5700 block of East Bandys Crossroad about 1:20 p.m. when her Dodge Caravan crossed the center line. She collided head-on with a SUV traveling in the opposite direction, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Trooper R.G. Griffin said the Buick Enclave SUV was driven by Deanna McGuire, 40, of Catawba. McGuire's 62-year-old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gregory, also of Catawba, was sitting in the passenger seat.
Area teachers know how important it is for children to have the supplies they need to excel in school.
Those educators are coming together to ensure children have those supplies, regardless of students' financial situation.
Members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators in Catawba County, collect school supplies, book bags and books to donate to every school in the county.
First the woman accused of murdering 10-year-old Zahra Baker was arraigned, and then she wasn't.
At 1:47 p.m. on Wednesday, District Attorney Jay Gaither's office widely distributed a press release reporting that Elisa Baker appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin during a court proceeding on Tuesday. According to that release she was "arraigned" and received Scott Reilly as court-appointed counsel.
In an arraignment hearing, a defendant typically enters a plea to the charges they are facing.
Iâ€™ve probably typed her name hundreds of times in the past five months.
Monday was another one of those days when I typed Zahraâ€™s name over and over again as I learned more about what happened to the freckle-faced cancer survivor. The more I type Zahraâ€™s name, the more I hope to see swift, firm justice delivered in the case.