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November 22nd

2 dead in N.C. 127 crashes

November 22, 2010

Two people died since Friday in two different crashes on N.C. 127.
The latest crash occurred Monday half a mile north of Cloninger Mill Road in Hickory.
Danny Lynn Barnette, 57, of Granite Falls, was traveling north on N.C. 127 about 11 a.m. when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Swagger.

Cleaning up his life

November 22, 2010

If you ask Terry Holmes, he'll tell you God has a plan for everything.
Holmes, 53, of Newton, had his share of difficulties in life -- involved with drugs at age 20 and in prison during his 40s.
Now clean and sober for 13 years, Holmes makes it his mission to show others how he cleaned up his life by cleaning up area schools.
He worked as a custodian at Hickory High School and Newton-Conover middle and high school since his release from prison on misdemeanor charges.

November 19th

8 shots fired into occupied home

November 19, 2010

Eight shots from an assault rifle were fired Thursday into an occupied home.
An unknown suspect fired the shots about 9:15 p.m. into a mobile home in the 4100 block of River Road, which is just outside Hickory city limits.
A man and his wife, who live in the residence, were at home when the incident occurred, according to Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish. No one was injured.
The bullets' entry into the residence damaged about $1,400 of property, including chairs, a metal wood stove, a TV, a wooden entertainment center and the residence's interior and exterior walls.

Average values increase 1.9 percent

November 19, 2010

The average property value in Catawba County went up about 2 percent for the current revaluation, but that doesn't mean the values are final.
The appeals process for property values is under way after the 2010 property values were mailed Nov. 15 to residents.
"We allow taxpayers to make an appointment and sit down with our appraisal staff to discuss the revaluation," said Catawba County Tax Administrator Mark Logan.

Newton lands $124K grant

November 19, 2010

Thanks to a $124,000 grant Newton will purchase a fire-simulation trailer that will help train the city's fire department to safely fight structure fires.
"In order for our firefighters to become state-certified, they have to participate in a live, controlled burn setting," Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said, adding that a fire trailer provides just such a live fire situation. "Live fire evolutions are the most important training we provide for our firefighters. You don't realize how well a firefighter is going to perform until they face a live fire."

Cheerleader flips for NYC parade

November 19, 2010

Fred T. Foard freshman Mary McKenzie Finger always watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV with her cousins.
This year, she won't be watching the 84th annual parade in New York City -- she'll be performing in it.
Finger, 14, is a J.V. cheerleader at Foard, and she was selected to perform in the parade this summer during a Universal Cheerleading Association camp.

Adam Baker appears in court

November 19, 2010

"Child murderer."
It was the accusation Adam Baker heard several times from bystanders Friday as he left the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton.
Baker appeared in District Court on worthless check charges, which are unrelated to the murder of his daughter, Zahra Baker.
But that didn't stop several bystanders from shouting accusations of murder and wrongdoing at Baker and his mother, Karen Baker, who attended the courtroom session with her son.
Adam reported Zahra missing Oct. 9, starting his phone call with the 9-1-1 operator by saying, "Hey, how are you doing?"

November 18th

Couple robbed of transplant money

November 18, 2010

Patty Arnold will probably never use the handbag she carried with her Nov. 6.
That was the day she was robbed of more than $1,100 -- money to be used for her husband's double lung transplant.
"I've always been so trusting," Patty, 71, said. "I always thought that it would happen to someone else; it wouldn't happen to me."
But she was wrong. Patty gave a stranger in Hickory a ride in her vehicle Nov. 6, and the stranger jumped out of the car, taking Patty's money with her.

Farmers in training

November 18, 2010

Students at Catawba Elementary School love eating bacon and ham. Until Thursday, however, many of those students didn't know where that meat comes from.
First-graders from Catawba Elementary traveled Thursday to Red Wolf Farm in Maiden, where they learned how food, including pork, corn and goat milk, is made.
The 45-acre Red Wolf Farm on Water Plant Road in Maiden is operated by Josh Grant and his wife, Amanda Cline-Grant. The couple makes it their mission to teach the benefits of the local food movement to the community and beyond.

I-40 crash victim identified

November 18, 2010

Highway Patrol continues to investigate the single-car crash Wednesday on Interstate 40 that killed a Catawba woman.
Tabitha Spurlin, 27, died at the 138 mile marker near the Oxford School Road exit in Claremont.
"It appears that she was about to exit and made a sudden lane change and lost control of the vehicle," said Trooper C.D. Cline, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Cline said he spoke with several motorists who witnessed the crash about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The drivers told Cline traffic appeared to be traveling the speed limit, so speed didn't contribute to the crash.

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