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March 3rd, 2011

Oklahoma police kill Hickory man

March 3, 2011

Police say the Hickory man shot and killed by Oklahoma officers was going through a difficult time and wanted law enforcement to take his life.

Police fired eight shots at Brian Dollarhide, 30, in Perry, Okla., early Tuesday morning in what officers are calling suicide by cop.

Perry Police Chief Brian Thomas said Thursday that Dollarhide was separated from his wife, who reported Dollarhide had suicidal thoughts.

Baby wins photo contest

March 3, 2011

An area toddler will be featured on a North Carolina travel magazine cover after she was selected among hundreds of other children to win a photo contest.

The photograph Matt and Alicia Anderson snapped of their then 8-month-old daughter, Ava, will appear on the 2011 cover of Beach Times magazine after an online contest, where Facebook users voted for their favorite vacation photograph among eight finalists.

Prom on a budget

March 3, 2011

The dress, the shoes, the flowers and the dinner — those items can add up to a costly prom night for area students.

But students and their parents don't have to spend a lot of money to ensure a fun, safe and memorable prom night. Area organizations are working to provide clothes and services to prom-going students at little or no cost.

Hickory High School's prom closet

Students at Hickory High School will have the option to get free evening wear for their prom night through the school's sixth annual prom closet.

March 2nd

MSC gets $300K for Conover Station move

March 2, 2011

Catawba Valley Community College received a $300,000 grant to fund equipment and operations of a center moving to Conover Station.

The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center awarded the grant to CVCC to be used by the Manufacturing Solutions Center. MSC, which is currently housed on CVCC's East Campus, will move to Conover Station in early 2012.

The grant will be used for equipment and operations, according to Dan St. Louis, MSC executive director.

State prepares for adverse weather

March 2, 2011

Winter snow woes were replaced this week with another weather worry — tornadoes.

Severe Weather Awareness week started Sunday, just one day before severe weather swept through Catawba County, downing power lines and trees. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported, according to Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, but active tornado season is just starting.

North Carolinians experienced more tornados in the last three years than in the previous decade, with March, May and November being the deadliest months, according to a press release from Perdue's office.

Health secretary comes to Murray

March 2, 2011

A Bandys High School graduate returned to Catawba County Schools on Wednesday — this time as a member of Gov. Bev Perdue's cabinet.

North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier M. Cansler arrived at Webb A. Murray Elementary School for Read Across America Day, a national program to encourage reading among children.

Cansler spoke with third- and fourth-grade students about state government and read a chapter from a book about multiculturalism in the classroom.

Accused murderer in Broughton

March 2, 2011

The man accused of bludgeoning someone to death was transported to a mental hospital last week after a judge ruled the man incapable of standing trial.

Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was taken to Broughton Hospital in Morganton, according to a motion filed Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court. Scherzer is charged with murdering Roland Simmons, 70, at Hickory's Walden House Assisted Living Center.

A representative from the Catawba County Detention Center transported Scherzer to Broughton Hospital shortly before 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

NCEF spelling bee is 'Red Hot'

March 2, 2011

Teams don’t need a comprehensive knowledge of vowel sounds and consonant clusters to win Newton-Conover Education Foundation’s annual “Red Hot Spelling Bee.”

In fact, spelling sleuths on the four-person teams don’t even need to know how to spell.

“Just bring a fat check book,” said Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond, “and be ready to write plenty of checks.”

March 1st

ABC News features area company

March 1, 2011

A Newton-based furniture company is getting national recognition for doing what comes naturally — buying and creating locally made products.

Lee Industries is featured on a segment of ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer during a segment called "Made in America" set to air Wednesday night.

"It's because of our long-lasting reputation as being local, family (oriented) and sustainable," said Norman Coley, president of the company that's been part of the Newton community since 1969.

Chair: The board stopped its search

March 1, 2011

Catawba County Schools Board of Education has no intentions of continuing its search for a superintendent for at least three years.

The state legislature's "unknowns" and Glenn Barger's experience led a majority of Catawba County Schools Board of Education to stop its superintendent search and stick with its current leader. The 24 applications received in the superintendent search were shredded or sent back to the North Carolina School Board Association.

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