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December 9th

Thief steals Christmas gifts

December 9, 2010

An apparent grinch stole hundreds of dollars in Christmas presents from a Conover residence.

The unknown suspect broke open the basement window of a home in the 4700 block of Harvard Street in Conover and entered the residence through the opening, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

The burglary and larceny were reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and the victim told police her house was last secure about three days before the incident occurred.

Reid said a friend of the homeowner found the damage when she arrived at the house to check on the home while the homeowner was away.

Students collect toys for children

December 9, 2010

CLAREMONT (AP) — The unexplained death of a 10-year-old disabled girl is weighing on the minds of students at a North Carolina middle school and leading them to collect toys for their underprivileged peers.

Students at River Bend Middle School have collected more than 800 stuffed animals in memory of Zahra Baker, who like them lived in Catawba County.

The stuffed animals will be given to police in Conover and Hickory on Monday for distribution to children who are needy or whose parents are in jail.

December 8th

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December 8, 2010

Wilder Morris Blitch, 92, of Hickory, died Nov. 4, 2010, at Lutheran Home Hickory West, after a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 2010, in Trinity Chapel, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,

Lillian Mabel Barringer Moretz, 96, of Conover, departed this life and into her eternal rest while at her home, surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. The Moretz family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  
 

County prepares for state shortfall

December 8, 2010

North Carolina policy makers could be forced to close a multibillion-dollar gap in the state budget, passing on their shortfalls to county governments.

The state faces a $3.5 billion shortfall for fiscal year 2011-12 because of the continually weak economy, the end of federal aid and the expiration of the temporary tax package, said Alexandra Forter Sirota, of the N.C. Tax and Budget Center.

The final state general fund budget for FY 2010-11 was about $18.9 billion.

Board approves incentives for Pierre Foods

December 8, 2010

The city of Claremont has a population of about 1,100 people.

At the end of the Pierre Foods expansion, the facility in Claremont will employ more than 1,200 people. This means that Pierre Foods could use every city resident to operate its facility on East Main Street.

Pierre Foods employs 717 people currently, and an ongoing expansion project will bring an additional 500 jobs in two years.

Your heart is in good hands

December 8, 2010

In 102 minutes, Carl Cline's life changed forever.

Cline, 67, of Newton, experienced a life-threatening heart attack. If it was not for his emergency phone call, he might not have survived.

When Cline started to feel pain, he called 9-1-1 and an ambulance was at his house in 2.5 minutes.

"It was like clock work," Cline said, of the EMS responders who assisted his medical condition. "I had (the heart attack) at the 87th minute."

December 7th

Foard's football coach resigns

December 8, 2010

For the past eight seasons, win or lose, Fred T. Foard head football coach Ryan Gettys has always found joy in at least one aspect of his job.
“Just being with the guys — that’s what I enjoy most,” he said. “The players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.”
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, he’d rather be teaching.
“Practice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,” he said.

Foard hits the road to score win

December 7, 2010

For the first time this season Fred T. Foard's Lady Tigers took their basketball show on the road.
"I was a little worried," said Foard coach Wendy Price. "It was our first away game. There's cold weather, we’re in a new place we're not used to shooting in."
Relying on defense, the Tigers were able to ease their coach's fears and cruise to a 63-30 victory over Bunker Hill. The win improves Foard to 4-0.
"I told them they have to play great defense," Price said. "You can always depend on your defense."

DA: Murder charges still possible

December 7, 2010

Capital murder charges remain a possibility for the Hickory woman jailed on charges she interfered with the investigation into her stepdaughter's death.

The District Attorney's Office released a statement Tuesday about the case after several media outlets reported this weekend that Elisa Baker made a deal with prosecutors to receive life imprisonment, instead of the death penalty, in exchange for reliable information leading to the recovery of 10-year-old Zahra Baker's body.

Those reports, according to the District Attorney's Office, are false.

Justice Center expansion advances

December 7, 2010

The county is another step closer to having a new and improved Justice Center in Newton.

County commissioners approved design plans Monday for the structure and allowed planners to proceed with the project's schematic design.

Commissioners decided to move forward with four design concepts for the Justice Center, including combining two projects into one, choosing a two-wing building design instead of a front expansion, adding shelled space for future expansion and a parking deck and submitting a master plan of the project to the city of Newton.

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