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Murders 'not typical' in county

March 4, 2011

Several high-profile murder cases in past months aren't indicative of an increase in the county's overall crime rate, according to Catawba County's sheriff.

The county received state, national and international media attention in recent months after murders like the Zahra Baker case, the Wheeler family murder-suicide and the death and mutilation of Stephen Starr.

The sheriff's department reported three murders in 2010 in its jurisdiction, which is the same number of murders the department has responded to already this year.

Sergeant charged

March 4, 2011

A prison sergeant is charged with sexual activity with a female inmate.

Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, of Morganton, was arrested and charged with sexual activity by a custodian after allegations that he made sexual contact with a female inmate in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.

Pearson worked in the facility as a sergeant on the night shift.

Rotarians, students collect meals

March 4, 2011

Some people go to beaches or tropical countries during spring break.

But instead of taking a trip, a group of Catawba Valley Community College faculty, staff and students are creating more than 150,000 meals for students in Haiti.

They started packing meals Friday with members of area Rotary clubs through the Stop Hunger Now campaign to end hunger worldwide.

Women celebrate 20 years

March 4, 2011

It's a ministry, not a job.

That's what five women who recently celebrated 20 years of service at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley will tell you about the past two decades of their lives.

They've laughed together, cried together and prayed together and with their patients. And as they look back on the changing landscape of PCHCV, its patients and its services, the women see an opportunity to continue fulfilling Catawba County's need for end-of-life care.

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