Archive - Jan 30, 2012 - News Article
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.
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 â€” 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."
A former Maiden High School band director pleaded guilty Monday to sex charges involving one of his former students.
Christopher Caldwell, who was a teacher and band director at Maiden from 2008-10, was sentenced to 24 months of community-based, supervised probation after pleading guilty to taking indecent liberties with a student nearly two years ago. Superior Court Judge James W. Morgan deemed Caldwellâ€™s crime a â€śsexually violent offenseâ€ť and ruled that he must register as a sex offender.
Caldwell must also pay a $1,000 fine, according to Morganâ€™s ruling.
Dinosaurs, volunteer training and Habitat housing opportunities await this week in the region.
The Catawba Science Center's new dinosaurs exhibit opened Saturday in Hickory.
Habitat for Humanity will hold a meeting Tuesday for citizens interested in housing assistance.
A local hospice center will train volunteers Saturday and Sunday.
For the details on those events and more, check out Catawba County's week ahead below. For additional information about area events, check out the Your News page daily in The O-N-E and activities listings every Thursday inside Outlook.