October 26th, 2010
Investigators seized a mattress Tuesday containing DNA evidence, which could potentially lead investigators closer to Zahra Baker.
Employees at the Caldwell County Landfill located the mattress Tuesday when they were regrading the area of the landfill investigators searched last week.
A fire destroyed a mobile home Monday and injured two people.
A single-wide mobile home used for storage caught fire about 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Lee Cline Road in Claremont, said Mark Pettit with the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office.
Two people were working inside the mobile home at the time of the fire, and they sustained burn injuries from the blaze. Pettit said he thinks the people were the owners of the building.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley recently developed a program for patients in advanced stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD.
Caron Tucker, RN and PCHCV vice president of outreach, said the specialized program is designed to meet COPD patients' unique needs while maintaining and improving their qualities of life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, COPD is a group of diseases that causes airflow blockage and breathing-related difficulties. COPD also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Newton businesses are coming together to award a special woman in need.
Dana's Fine Jewelry organized the Newton Cares campaign to recognize a woman, older than 18, who has cancer.
"We want to help a female out in the community who is really in need and going through a rough time with cancer," said Dana Ramseur, owner of Dana's Fine Jewelry.
In organizing the campaign, Ramseur solicited area businesses to donate anything from a gift certificate to dinner, dry cleaning, manicure and pedicure, and jewelry.
"We want to show our support that people do care," Ramseur said.
It's scary how much candy Mary Connor gives to trick-or-treaters every Halloween.
Last year, about 500 people stopped by her home on West D Street in Newton to get their hands on one of Connor's famous candy bags.
"I make good, fat bags," Connor said with a laugh. "The kids love them."
Connor bought 125 bags of candy to prepare for this year's treat bags, and she won't stop at that.
Her bedroom is filled in anticipation of Halloween with piles of candy, from lollipops and candy bars to chewy candy and chocolate.
Lestina "Peenie" Hamright Poole, 73, of Lincolnton, passed away Oct. 22, 2010, at CMC-Lincoln.
James Albert Tribble, 68, of Newton, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The Tribble family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
The Maiden Blue Devils and Salisbury Hornets are back at it this year. The Blue Devils and Hornets meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maiden in a rematch of the 2009 West region final in the 2-A tennis tournament.
Salisbury won the match 5-1 and went on to win the state 2-A dual-team title â€”Â its third in the past five years. The Hornets won team championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 during a string of five-straight trips to the title match.
Good deeds never tasted so good.
Many of the Foothills' leading chefs will gather Nov. 4 to cook up gourmet food for a good cause. The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be held at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover at 6 p.m. to promote the health of babies.
Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Foothills Division director, said proceeds from the event will be used "globally and locally" for research and education to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Anonymous donors gifted an area high school with a technology boost.
Bandys High School received 30 laptop computers, valued at more than $35,000, from anonymous benefactors.
"They asked us to come up with a wish list," said Bandys High School Principal Todd Black. "I thought, 'Wow, I'm almost ashamed to ask for something (that costs) that much.'"
Black said he knew Bandys High was in need of a technology upgrade, so he told the anonymous donors a new classroom set of laptop computers was at the top of the school's wish list.
Burgin Lee Laney, 90, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Laney family.
Elliott Lee Hendrick, 84, of Lincolnton, passed away Oct. 24, 2010, at his residence. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Sue Campbell Benge, 82, of Claremont, slipped the surly bonds of earth Friday, Oct. 22, to touch the face of God. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the family.