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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

January 31, 2012

This photo of therapy patient Bobby Lail and physical therapist Matt O'Neill is The O-N-E news photo of the week.

O'Neill helped Lail with the use of a bionic leg, a piece of technology that Catawba Valley Medical Center's Rehabilitation Center is using to help stroke victims regain confidence in their lower limbs.

For more of the story, visit:
http://observernewsonline.com/content/bionic-leg-helps-rehab-patients

Corner Table celebrates 10 years

January 31, 2012

As Debbie Leatherman started speaking Tuesday, a vast collection of impoverished, homeless and hungry people starting “shushing” a murmuring crowd. They wanted to hear her speak.

To the comforting aroma of vegetables and soup, buttery toast and cheese, Leatherman addressed the large crowd and did what she does every day — mother the needy.

“Do we have anyone whose birthday it is today?” asked Leatherman, who manages The Corner Table in Newton.

More than 100 heads twisted around the room until a hand rose from the crowd, and the face of an elderly black woman appeared.

County to survey Harbor Inn diners

January 31, 2012

If you ate at Harbor Inn Seafood restaurant Jan. 13-22, local health officials may want to talk to you — sick or not.

Catawba County Public Health (CCPH) plans to study why some patrons of the Conover restaurant became sick and some did not after dining during that time period.

Randomly selected patrons will be interviewed about their dining experience, including what they ate at the restaurant.

Currently, CCPH has documented 133 reports of people who became ill after eating at Harbor Inn during those 10 days. The most recent illness report was documented Tuesday.

Skunk tests positive for rabies

January 31, 2012

A 4-month-old puppy was euthanized after it was bitten by a rabid skunk in northeastern Catawba County during the weekend.

The rabies case is the county's second of 2012.

A homeowner on Oxford School Road recovered the skunk and submitted it to the State Health lab in Raleigh for testing.

The lab notified Catawba County on Tuesday that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The puppy, which had not received a rabies vaccination, was euthanized.
No humans were exposed to the skunk.

Schools face funding shortage in millions

January 31, 2012

Catawba County Schools (CCS) may have to dip into its savings fund in a big way next school year to deal with state cuts.

In a worst-case situation, the school system will have to take $4 million out of its fund balance to counteract state cuts for the 2012-13 school year and continue operating as it is, said CCS Superintendent Glenn Barger.

The budget announcement is based on worst-case-scenario projections from the state and could change as the state moves closer to approving its final budget.

BREAKING: Zahra's mother clueless to return of remains

January 31, 2012

SYDNEY — The Australian mother of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her American stepmother in Hickory said Tuesday she has no idea what became of her daughter's ashes since the child's father brought them to Australia.

Attorney Shell Pearce said Monday that his client, Adam Baker, left the United States roughly two weeks ago at the behest of U.S. federal immigration officials, bringing the remains of his daughter, Zahra, with him for burial in Australia.

The O-N-E Morning Read: Tuesday, Jan. 31

January 31, 2012

Zahra Baker’s father has left the United States, and he took remains of his murdered daughter with him.

Details on Adam Baker’s departure from the nation are in the Tuesday print and online editions of The O-N-E.

Maiden’s High’s former band director pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties with a student. He’ll serve two years probation and spend 30 years as a registered sex offender.

There’s GOOD NEWS in Tuesday’s edition of The O-N-E, too.

Donors delivered on Bandys High wishes for laptops, nooks and iPods.

January 30th

Catawba County sports this week

January 31, 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Bandys basketball at Maiden
Bandys wrestling vs. Maiden (Senior night)
Bunker Hill wrestling at Newton-Conover
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Newton-Conover
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. Hibriten
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Hibriten (Hunter Huss), 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
CVCC men's basketball at Rockingham CC, 7 p.m.
L-R baseball at Pfeiffer, 2 p.m.
L-R basketball at Anderson (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Thursday, Feb. 2
No games scheduled

Friday, Feb. 3
Bandys basketball vs. South Iredell

Adam Baker leaves country

January 30, 2012

Adam Baker is no longer in the United States, according to Vincent Picard of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Atlanta.

Picard confirmed Monday that Baker, who moved to western North Carolina from Australia after meeting Elisa Baker online and marrying her in 2008, purchased an airline ticket and left the country.

Donors supply technology to Bandys

January 30, 2012

The parents of several Bandys High School students have assumed a role similar to a genie in a magical lamp.

Principal Todd Black says the parents have twice asked the school to compile a list of wishes. And the parents, who asked to remain anonymous, have returned twice to grant those wishes — donating a plethora of laptops, desktops, Nook e-reader devices and more.

"They've said they've been blessed," Black said. "I guess the philanthropic heart is one who gives because they enjoy giving. They check in from time to time about what we need and never ask for anything in return."

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