February 25th, 2011
An accused murderer will not stand trial at this time for bludgeoning a man to death after a Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the defendant is mentally incompetent.
Judge Robert C. Ervin ruled during a Feb. 24 session of Superior Criminal Court that Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, is mentally ill and not capable of proceeding to trial for the death of Roland Simmons.
Maiden Town Council moved one step closer in the planning process for a new town hall, hearing a presentation Feb. 21 about possible space needs for the building.
Marty Beal, with CBSA Architects, gave Town Council a space-needs analysis presentation detailing size needs for a new town hall and council chambers. Beal completed the analysis in January after meeting with town employees and hearing what council members envisioned for new town facilities.
Seven wrestlers at Fred T. Foard will be trying to make history beginning today at the NCHSAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament and complete the comeback of the Tiger's wrestling program.
Among those headed to Greensboro on Thursday are Caleb Griffin, Jeremy Fredell, Jacob Harper, Hayden Albert, Dillon Johnson, Zack Edwards and Cole Schanilec.
Each will have a chance to become the first-ever state wrestling champion in Fred T. Foard history.
CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” The former defense team for a North Carolina woman accused of killing her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter took key evidence from a crime scene before it was turned over to authorities searching for the girl's body, the suspect's former attorney said Thursday.
A former defense attorney for Elisa Baker says that a deal was struck to keep her client from facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter despite assertions from the district attorney that no bargain was made in exchange for Bakerâ€™s assistance in locating the remains of Zahra Baker.
Lisa Dubs spoke out Thursday regarding an agreement she contends she brokered with the District Attorneyâ€™s Office on Elisaâ€™s behalf.
"To Kill a Mockingbird."
The novel and its message of redemption are an iconic part of American history.
An area theater group is performing a stage production tonight of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality during a one-night presentation on Lenoir-Rhyne University's campus.
The play comes during the final days of Black History Month, and the "To Kill a Mockingbird" actors said they hope theater-goers leave the play with a better understanding of the horrors of racial inequality.
Area school children love dinosaurs, and Thursday they had the opportunity to pair that love with a lesson in religion.
Creation Family Ministries is hosting a Dinosaurs and the Bible Conference on Biblical Creation at the Hickory Metro Convention Center to teach children about how dinosaurs fit into the Bible's account of how the world was created.
The three-day conference will continue through Saturday and aims to answer questions from believers and skeptics alike about dinosaurs and their interactions with mankind.
Inez Clarence Buff Hilderbran, 85, of Sherrills Ford, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hilderbran family.
Ronald Scott Kiser, 66, of Lincolnton, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his residence. The funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at his residence, 226 Victory Grove Church Road, Lincolnton.
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.