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February 28th, 2011

Barger is named superintendent

February 28, 2011

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.

Woman hides drugs

February 28, 2011

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.

Sword stolen from murder scene

February 28, 2011

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.

Elisa Baker indicted again

February 28, 2011

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 “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” did obtain electric utility service from Duke Energy for the family’s Hudson home while using someone else’s name without permission.

Severe weather downs trees, power lines

February 28, 2011

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. 

Postal workers continue fighting

February 28, 2011

Postal workers continued their quest to prevent job loss and maintain service levels Monday during a peaceful protest and demonstration.

Employees and their supporters gathered at the post office in downtown Hickory on Monday to distribute flyers, display signs and circulate a petition protesting the consolidation of a 200-worker mail processing facility. The facility serves the Hickory Metro and is located in Conover.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February 28, 2011

Marilene Parker Ledford, 71, of Conover, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. The Ledford family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

Willie Eugene Smith, 86, of Catawba, passed away Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Hospice of Catawba County. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Smith family.

Baby injured after DWI crash

February 28, 2011

A 4-month old baby was transported to the hospital Friday after an alleged intoxicated driver lost control of her vehicle in Conover.

The crash occurred at 6:37 p.m. as Brittney Lyfae McCleave, 20, of Hickory was traveling east on Fourth Street southwest toward Trillium Court. Also in the vehicle were Danta Broome, 25, of Hickory, and Danta Broome Jr., 4 months.

Everyone in the vehicle was listed as living at the same residence, but Conover Police didn't immediately know what the relationship was among the passengers.

County under a tornado watch

February 28, 2011

Catawba County is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service issued the watch at 1:30 p.m. Monday. In addition, the county is also on a look out for hazardous weather as severe thunderstorms and strong wind is expected to arrive in the afternoon.

From the publisher: The jury is preparing judgment

February 28, 2011

This week, a Catawba County Grand Jury officially delivered news the world has anxiously awaited the past four months. An indictment issued Monday declared that, in the eyes of this county’s prosecutors and grand jury members, Elisa Baker was involved in the death and dismemberment of a 10-year-old, disabled cancer survivor. Zahra.

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