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October 3rd, 2011
The man accused of brutally murdering his roommate in February is scheduled to be in superior court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing.
â¨Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, is charged with murdering and mutilating the body of Stephen Starr, his roommate, earlier this year. Anderson has been in Catawba County Jail since Feb. 14.
â¨During a 911 call the day of the murder, Anderson confessed to shooting Starr with a shotgun before using an axe to mutilate the victim's body.â¨
A state prosecutor charged with driving impaired in June is no longer the district 25 attorneyâs chief assistant. The DA says the assistant will continue prosecuting cases in Burke County.
A masked person robbed a Conover store with a knife late Wednesday night.
Conover Police say an unidentified suspect entered the Sunshine Mart at 302 1st St. West in Conover and demanded money from the storeâs clerk.
The store manager and other employees said the suspect used a large knife to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk, who was unharmed but shaken.
Conover Police are still looking for the suspect, and store officials said they have video surveillance of the robbery.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Conover Police at 828-464-4698.
Suspects kicked in the front door at a Hickory residence Tuesday and stole a gold-colored ring valued at $300. The damage to the property at 5809 Sulpher Springs Road in Hickory is valued at $200.
Police are looking for a suspect that stole a bicycle from a Vale residence on Tuesday that is valued at $60. The bike belonged to Wendell Howard Austin, 67, of Vale, and authorities are still investigating the larceny.
Itâs a duct tape revolution.
The days of simple, silver duct tape are over, and the colors are in. An influx of âFunky Flamingoâ pink, âZig-Zag Zebraâ and âTotally Tie Dyeâ tape designs are popping up at hardware and retail stores across the nation, and tape officials say they are selling fast.
More colors, designs and prints have led to more uses as well. There are duct tape sandals, duct tape flowers and even duct tape artwork.
The uses, styles and reputation of duct tape have definitely changed.Â
But what makes colorful duct tape so popular? What makes it different?
State cuts have caused the local district attorneyâs office to cut staff, programs and hours that directly benefit the public.
The state approved funding reductions this summer for departments across the board, but the court systems, and thus district attorneyâs offices, have felt the brunt of cuts approved in the stateâs $19.7 billion budget.
Henry Helton said 16 years ago he asked Claremont's city council for $250 to hire a band for a community gathering.
Helton, the special events coordinator for the city, said the council granted the money, a fair amount of people showed up to the event and what became Claremont Day has grown each year since.
This year's festival on Main Street begins Saturday at 9 a.m., with comments from Mayor David Morrow and Oxford Elementary School students singing the national anthem.
Catawba County and the Southeast region are remembering a âlegend of Southern gospel musicâ today that you might have known for different reasons.
Charles Ray Burke was an area businessman who friends and family say devoted countless hours to the Southern gospel music industry. He was most known for his behind-the-scenes leadership that launched the careers of notable quartets and singers, but Burke tuned a long list of business ventures throughout his lifetime that continue to be felt today.
Burke died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 23, in Maiden. He was 75.
Gas prices are dropping â for now.
Area gas prices have fallen below the national average, but they still soar nearly $1 per gallon higher than in September of last year.
In the past two months, gas prices across the nation and Catawba County have decreased about 20 cents. On Tuesday, gas stations around Newton, Conover and Claremont sold fuel for about $3.40 per gallon. In Maiden, the prices were higher in places like the Valero gas station on U.S. 321 Business, which sold gas for $3.48 per gallon.
The national average for fuel hovers around $3.51 per gallon.
In an effort to improve safety and meet building code requirements, Catawba County Schools plans to replace bleachers at several of its high school football stadiums.
The board of education approved an agreement Monday night to hire an architect to create design concepts and cost estimates for the replacements.
Assistant Superintendent Steve Demiter said the school system is exploring work on the home and visitor bleachers at St. Stephens and Bandys high schools, the home side at Fred T. Foard High School and the visitor side at Bunker Hill High School.