Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
A pottery and soup fundraiser Saturday will help fill the stomachs of hungry citizens in Catawba County.
St. Stephens High School will host the sixth annual Empty Bowls event in its cafeteria from 5-8 p.m.
For $15, guests get a handmade pottery bowl, gourmet soup from local restaurants, homemade yeast rolls, dessert and a drink.
All proceeds will benefit The Corner Table in Newton and the Hickory Soup Kitchen.
During the event, students will perform monologues and songs for entertainment.
Robert "Bob" Thomas, who served three terms as district 25 attorney, died this week at his Hickory home.
He was 82.
Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force and worked 23 years as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
From 1982-94, he served as district attorney in North Carolina's 25th district, which includes Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties.
Sean McGinnis, current assistant district attorney, said Thomas hired him in December 1993.
Catawba Countyâ€™s Justice Center was a busy place Thursday, and The Observer News Enterprise is delivering all the details in the Friday print an online editions.
Michael Anderson was sentenced to at least 16 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his roommate last year. The 20-year-oldâ€™s guilty plea comes after he shot and killed Stephen Starr and mutilated the manâ€™s body with an ax.
Another killer received a life jail sentence for pleading guilty to killing a 26-year-old woman in a Hickory mobile home park in 2006.
In May, North Carolina voters will voice their opinions on gay marriage in the state.
A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage will be on the ballot during the primary election.
Do you support the amendment? Voice your opinion now at observernewsonline.com.
Visit observernewsonline.com every Friday for a new reader poll question. Pick up the weekend edition of The O-N-E for results of the previous week's poll.
A Kings Mountain native will spend at least 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to one of the most brutal murders in Catawba County history.
Michael Anderson, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in Catawba County court. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was sentenced in the aggravated range to 196 to 245 months in a N.C. Department of Correction prison.
Anderson has been in jail since Feb. 14, 2011, when he called a 9-1-1 operator and said he had shot, killed and â€śmutilatedâ€ť his roommate, 36-year-old Hickory resident Stephen Starr.
Xavier and Kaiden McMurtry expected to learn about the nation's presidents Thursday morning.
The Hickory boys didn't expect their father to join them.
Army Staff Sgt. Barry McMurtry just returned from a one-year tour in Afghanistan, his fifth deployment. McMurtry's sons thought he would return this weekend, but he surprised them when he walked onto the stage at Mountain View Elementary School's Presidents' Day program.
Xavier and Kaiden walked onto the stage, surrounded their father and hugged him.
A man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to the brutal murder of a Hickory woman more than five years ago.
A Superior Court Judge sentenced Antonio Trejo, 32, to life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to killing then-26-year-old Teresa Zavala in July 2006 at the Dogwood Hills Mobile Home Park in Hickory.
Trejo, who is from Mexico, is currently serving a 10-year, nine-month sentence for a different knife attack on a woman in November 2008. He was indicted for Zavalaâ€™s murder in spring 2009.
A former Fred T. Foard High School teacher pleaded guilty on Thursday to stalking one of his former students for more than a year.
John Donadio, 60, was ordered to pay court costs and enter into a prayer for judgment after pleading guilty to misdemeanor stalking. The charge, a class A1 misdemeanor, has a maximum punishment of 150 days in jail.
The stateâ€™s case against Donadio revolves around a host of incidents involving one of his former students, Josh Pruitt, from 2008-09.
Newtonâ€™s fire department faces burning needs, including a new fire station.
The downtown facility was last renovated in 1958, and a new station has moved from city leadersâ€™ â€śwantâ€ť list 10 years ago to the â€śneedâ€ť column today.
More details in the Thursday edition of The O-N-E, including insight into the debate over the location for a new facility.
Also get details about the city fire departmentâ€™s efforts to fund more firefighters in an effort to meet national standards for structure fire response.
Groups organizing a playground to honor Zahra Baker hope volunteers will help build it.
The city of Hickory, the Kiwanis Clubs of Catawba County and numerous community sponsors are building the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground at Kiwanis Park on 805 6th Street SE, just off Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.
The groups are inviting members of the community to volunteer April 12-14 to help construct the playground.