February 23rd, 2011
Larry Keith Chapman, 52, of Newton, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home of Conover with the Rev. Lloyd King officiating.
Four people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after two vehicles collided head-on.
Shelly Lynn Rodgers, 36, of Sherrills Ford, was traveling near the 5700 block of East Bandys Crossroad about 1:20 p.m. when her Dodge Caravan crossed the center line. She collided head-on with a SUV traveling in the opposite direction, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Trooper R.G. Griffin said the Buick Enclave SUV was driven by Deanna McGuire, 40, of Catawba. McGuire's 62-year-old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gregory, also of Catawba, was sitting in the passenger seat.
Area teachers know how important it is for children to have the supplies they need to excel in school.
Those educators are coming together to ensure children have those supplies, regardless of students' financial situation.
Members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators in Catawba County, collect school supplies, book bags and books to donate to every school in the county.
First the woman accused of murdering 10-year-old Zahra Baker was arraigned, and then she wasn't.
At 1:47 p.m. on Wednesday, District Attorney Jay Gaither's office widely distributed a press release reporting that Elisa Baker appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin during a court proceeding on Tuesday. According to that release she was "arraigned" and received Scott Reilly as court-appointed counsel.
In an arraignment hearing, a defendant typically enters a plea to the charges they are facing.
Iâ€™ve probably typed her name hundreds of times in the past five months.
Monday was another one of those days when I typed Zahraâ€™s name over and over again as I learned more about what happened to the freckle-faced cancer survivor. The more I type Zahraâ€™s name, the more I hope to see swift, firm justice delivered in the case.
With only a handful of exceptions during the past decade, I have spent at least a couple of evenings every month attending regular and special meetings of some elected government body or another. Some months, particularly when I was a fledgling cub reporter covering anything and everything that came my way, I toted a notepad and pen into a couple of meetings every week.
Laurels to four Kiwanis Clubs in Catawba County and the city of Hickory, which are partnering to create a special playground to honor the life of Zahra Baker.
The project aims to create a play space suitable for children with disabilities, who are like the 10-year-child who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aides until she died and was dismembered in 2010.
By Cody Dalton
O-N-E Sports Editor
Individual wrestlers from all around the Catawba County area are preparing for this weekâ€™s NCHSAA state wrestling tournament and many are working together.
On Tuesday, the state qualified wrestlers from St. Stephens and Bunker Hill spent time together in practice trying to prepare one another for the competition they will face.
Indians coach Billy Baker likes the idea of changing up the daily routine to help his wrestlers not become used to their familiar surroundings.
United States postal workers take an oath to provide mail service to the country's citizens. But area members of the American Postal Workers Union feel that oath to provide superior customer service could be comprised if the U.S. Postal Service Hickory distribution facility in Conover is closed.
Betty Jean Poteat Smith, 79, of Hildebran, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, after a period of declining health. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Betty Jean Poteat Smith.