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February 15th, 2011
An apparent grease fire destroyed a Conover mobile home Tuesday, displacing a family of three and leaving them with nothing.
Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at Lyle Haven Mobile Home Park off County Home Road in Conover. The blaze was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m.
Conover Fire Department arrived on the scene with three engines and a ladder truck to find a fully involved fire at trailer lot F3.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Catawba Valley Community College christened its new student center Tuesday with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, as students, faculty and members of the community watched.
The planning for this center started in early 2008, with a conversation between CVCC president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw and Jim Powell, of ADW Architects in Charlotte.
Portions of U.S. 321 between Newton and Maiden were closed Tuesday after a tractor trailer overturned.
The crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday when a tractor trailer flipped over at the intersection of U.S. 321 Business and Elliott Lane, just outside of Newton city limits.
Several powerlines were downed from the crash. The live wires stretched across the road as emergency responders worked on the scene.
The driver of the truck was transported by ambulance to Catawba Valley Medical Center.
A 19-year-old who shot and mutilated his roommate confessed his actions to 9-1-1 dispatchers, even detailing the circumstances that brought him into the Mountain View home of the victim.
â€śUm, I took some pills and then some more pills and I murdered my roommate,â€ť Michael Anderson told a 9-1-1 dispatcher with Catawba County Communications. â€śI shot him three times and then used an axe and mutilated his body.â€ť
Anderson has been charged with murder in the Monday morning death of Stephens Starr, 36, in the Mountain View area. Anderson called 9-1-1 about 4:54 a.m. Monday.
A Kings Mountain man is charged with murder after he allegedly shot, stabbed and mutilated his roommate before calling police and alerting them to the crime.
Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, called police at 4:47 a.m. Monday and reported he shot his roommate, Stephen Eric Starr, 36. Investigators determined majority of Starrâ€™s wounds happened after he was dead.
Deputies arrived 8 minutes after the call at 5209 Ruth Drive. They found Starr shot, stabbed and struck with a log-splitting, axe-like tool in the master bedroom of his residence.
The city of Hickory is joining forces with area service clubs to create a playground suitable for children with disabilities in honor of a deceased Hickory girl who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aids.
Four Catawba County Kiwanis clubs announced Monday that they want to purchase, build and install a playground at the Kiwanis Park in Hickory to celebrate the life of Zahra Baker.
Students at Shuford Elementary School were guests at a couple's wedding ceremony Monday for a marriage guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Diane Howard's kindergarten class celebrated the marriage of the letters Q and U in a service complete with flowers, wedding bands and rose petals.
The "marriage" taught students that the letters Q and U are hardly ever separated in the English language. Howard's female students dressed in white, wore veils and carried miniature bouquets provided by Butch Coley of Newton Florist. The boys in the class wore suits and ties.
A Hickory man is in serious condition Monday after a train hit the car he was a passenger in early Sunday.
A 2010 Dodge Challenger, driven by Cedric Genwright, 26, of Lenoir, was accompanied with three other males. The men were traveling away from Union Square at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday near Second Street Southwest. The car never made it over the railroad tracks on Second Street Southwest.
A 19-year-old is in custody after he apparently killed his roommate and carved a word into his body.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies are investigating the apparent homicide at 5209 Ruth Drive in Hickory.
Officials said the shooting happened about 4:50 a.m. Monday.
Authorities said Stephen Starr, 36, was shot and stabbed several times and then hit with an ax by his roommate, Michael Anderson, 19. Anderson also carved a word into the side of Starr, but authorities will not release that information at this time.
For two weeks, Catawba County schools have seen absentees double among students, thanks to the flu.
"We have been on flu surveillance for two weeks," said Rhonda Stikeleather, Catawba County Public Health school nurse supervisor.
Stikeleather said there was a noticeable increase in absentees at Startown and Mountain View elementary schools.
On Jan. 31, Startown Elementary School reported 100 absences, followed by 103 absences Feb. 1. The absentee number slowly decreased and was down to 37 students absent Feb. 10. The school's total enrollment is 640.