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Family dead, community mourns

February 7, 2011

A 14-year-old and her parents are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Denver.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said Rick Wheeler, 36, allegedly shot his wife Angela, 41, and the couple's 14-year-old daughter Samantha "Sam" at their family home in Denver. Rick then turned the gun on himself.
Friends and relatives of the Wheeler family are having a difficult time reconciling the violent incident with their memories of the Wheelers, who they said were a loving, committed family.

Teachers, TAs thank board

February 7, 2011

Teachers in Catawba County gathered Monday night to thank board members for trying to save their jobs in the 2011-12 school year, despite the possibility of cutting performance-based supplements.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education held its public hearing for the 2011-12 local budget during a special meeting Monday. About two dozen teachers and teacher assistants were in attendance, but surprisingly, only two people stood before the board members to comment.

Chairwoman: New info coming in leader search

February 7, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education plans to release information about the search for a new superintendent at its next meeting.
Board chairwoman Joyce Spencer told The O-N-E on Monday that the board is "hoping to have information" at its Feb. 28 meeting.
In December, the North Carolina School Board Association said CCS received 24 applications for the superintendent position, which is currently held by interim superintendent Glenn Barger.
However, Monday, Spencer said there is "no definitive number of finalists."

Gaither starts justice walk for Zahra

February 7, 2011

When will charges be filed in the death of Zahra Baker? That’s the question that has been asked since the 10-year-old girl’s death was confirmed in mid-November and one that continues to be posed now, four months after she was first reported missing.
The decision to pursue charges is up to 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither. The DA’s Office received the prosecution summary from Hickory Police Department in December, and the case file was turned over to Gaither’s office Jan. 26.

Deputies investigate murder-suicide

February 7, 2011

A 14-year-old Mill Creek Middle School student and her parents are dead in what police think is a murder-suicide.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said deputies responded to 4785 Grassy Creek Road in Denver to find the bodies of Rick Wheeler, Angela Wheeler and their daughter Samantha inside the house.

Reid said it appears Rick shot Angela and Samantha, then shot himself. Deputies responded to the house after receiving a 9-1-1 hang-up call.

A vigil is planned for 7-8 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford.

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