October 21st, 2010
A Maiden woman died in a three-car collision Wednesday in Florida while she screamed for help along a roadway.
Tammy Chester, 39, and her husband, Jeremy Chester, 28, both of Maiden, stopped their vehicle Wednesday about 8 p.m. on State Road 528 in the outside, eastbound lane in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Jeremy Chester was driving the couple's 1993 Toyota, and Tammy Chester was sitting in the passenger seat when the vehicle stopped on the road.
Three area farmers are paving the way for agriculture, thanks to help from a state grant funding.
Farmers Brian Bean, of Hickory, Jefferson Herr, of Vale, and Susie Devine, of Newton, received grants for expansion and improvement of their agricultural operations from the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.
"The single focus is to help farmers be more successful," said Joe Schroeder, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund director. "We're trying to make an impact that goes beyond individual farmers."
Del Norris Rozzelle, 68, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The Rozzelle family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
Carolyn Ann Belton, 69, of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Belton family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesdayâ€™s rivalry match against St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes suffered their first loss of the year Tuesday to Asheville Roberson on a last-minute goal, and they lost last season at Hickory to their crosstown rivals.
â€śWe wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,â€ť Hickory senior Michael Delong said. â€śWe knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.â€ť
Newton leaders say proposed rules for new residential subdivisions will hurt the city's efforts to recruit developers.
"If we continue to restrict our subdivision regulations, we will continue to eliminate development in this town," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax. "In the last four years, I don't think anyone can say I have not been an advocate for developers. We have, at times, gone above and beyond to assist folks who come in and want to make housing. I do not see anything constructive about anything in these recommendations that will assist us in bringing housing to our area."
Police are searching an area landfill for a piece of evidence they say will shed light on the case of missing 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker.
Hickory Police Department, with the help of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, started searching the Foothills Environmental Landfill on Wednesday in the hope of locating evidence to establish a timeline in Zahra's case.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins declined to elaborate on what the piece of evidence is, but he said police are not looking for Zahra's body in the landfill.
A judge increased bond Wednesday for a woman police consider a person of interest in her stepdaughter's homicide investigation.
Judge Robert Mullinax Jr. increased Elisa Baker's bond for a felony obstruction of justice charge from $40,000 to $65,000, citing "particularly disturbing and unsettling allegations" against her.
Elisa Baker, 42, is the stepmother of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl who was reported missing Oct. 9 from her Hickory home. Police are searching for Zahra in a homicide investigation, but they say they have hope she is alive.
Turning 100 years old is a milestone few people reach. Further turning 100 years old, living in the same house your parents built, working on the farm as your career and never marrying is unimaginable.
For one Conover woman, that life is reality.
Vance Everette Dagerhardt, 88, of Maiden, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Dagerhardt family.
Patricia Earlene Price, 69, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hickory Police and Caldwell County Sheriff's departments held a press conference Wednesday shortly after authorities announced an ongoing landfill search for clues in the Zahra Baker disappearance case.
HPD Police Chief Tom Adkins said searching the landfill could take up to five days, and while the police chief would only say investigators are searching for "a piece of evidence," he did confirm that they are not looking for Zahra's body. The landfill will be secured while the search is not active, Adkins said.