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December 8th

UPDATE: Motive still unknown in Va. Tech officer shooting

December 8, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech police officer who was shot dead at his parked cruiser was a trained firearms and defense instructor with a specialty in crisis intervention. His death leaves investigators puzzling over how and why a gunman walked up to the patrol car during a traffic stop, killed the officer and wound up dead himself in a nearby parking lot.

The campus shooting prompted officials to lock down the university for hours Thursday while police and SWAT teams searched the school, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Thursday, Dec. 8

December 8, 2011

Detours are ahead for motorists driving along N.C. 16 as major repairs are planned for a pair of bridges in Conover.

Orange pylons already hint at coming detours for the N.C. 16 bridge over U.S. 70 south of Conover. Meanwhile, repairs will also completely close the N.C. 16 bridge over I-40 in coming weeks.

See complete details on construction plans as well as detour information in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.

December 7th

Projects to reroute traffic

December 7, 2011

Two bridge construction projects along N.C. 16 Business north and south of Conover will soon detour traffic.

The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) will make repairs to the N.C. 16 Business bridge over U.S. 70 south of downtown Conover and replace the N.C. 16 Business bridge over I-40 north of downtown.

Work on the bridge over U.S. 70 is expected to begin this month, said Rodney Gantt, a bridge maintenance engineer with DOT division 12.

According to DOT information, the project will be funded by the state.

Car chase ends in arrest

December 7, 2011

A Hickory man is in jail after leading authorities on a chase that ended on Interstate 40 Monday night.

Demetrius Devette Adams, 30, of 2970 12th Ave. SE in Hickory, is in the Catawba County Detention Center after leading officers on a chase that started in Newton.

Authorities say a Newton Police Officer attempted to pull Adams over on U.S. 70 just before midnight Monday after discovering the car he was driving — a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria — was stolen.

New lights to help preserve history

December 7, 2011

Museum officials say a new, improved lighting system will help artifacts stand the test of time.

The Catawba County Historical Association recently installed high-tech LED lighting in the main hallway and three gallery rooms at the Catawba County Museum of History in Newton.

The system was funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act energy-efficiency grant of $15,000 awarded to the city of Newton earlier this year.

Schools seek weather waiver for calendar

December 7, 2011

Severe weather in recent years may help area schools avoid a growing school calendar that local officials say lacks flexibility.

Catawba County Schools (CCS) appears to qualify for a “good cause” or “winter waiver” that would allow the system an alternative to an unpopular school calendar proposed by the state.

In June, the N.C. General Assembly approved a 185-day school calendar year that must start Aug. 25 and end June 10. The calendar requires five more days of student instruction than in past years.

Peoples Bancorp CEO to retire

December 7, 2011

The leader of Newton-based Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina will retire at the end of next year.

Tony Wolfe, who has served as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company since 1993, announced Wednesday he will retire in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"The bank is performing well, and it has a strong leadership team in place," Wolfe said in a press release. "I want to spend additional time with my wife and family, do some traveling and pursue other hobbies and interests. All things considered, now seems like a good time to begin planning for a new phase of our lives."

Zahra's remains returned to her father

December 7, 2011

HICKORY — The remains of a 10-year-old disabled girl killed in North Carolina last year have been released to her father.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains of Zahra Baker last month to a Hickory funeral home, where they were cremated and given to her father.

Adam Baker says he wants to return to Australia and give Zahra a proper service and burial there. Baker can't leave the country until he resolves criminal charges alleging several misdemeanors and two felonies unrelated to the girl's slaying.

The O-N-E Morning Read:Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

December 7, 2011

A man accused of murdering a 19-year-old Travis Baker more than four years ago will spend at least 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges.

Baker disappeared in April 2007, and his family spent two years wondering about the fate of the Catawba teen before his body was found in a lumber pile in June 2009. The O-N-E has the complete story of Baker’s death and disappearance, as well as Tuesday afternoon’s reaction from his grieving family.

See more details in the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.

December 6th

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

December 6, 2011

This photo of Catawba Fire Department Chief Donald Robinson is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

Catawba and other area fire departments burned an abandoned house in the community Nov. 30 in a training exercise.

For more photos from the fire training, visit The O-N-E's Facebook page.

The O-N-E posts a photo of the week each Wednesday. To suggest a photo or a story idea, e-mail onenews@observernewsonline.com.

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