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November 11th, 2010
Brian Barnett's first week on the job included a lot of meetings and a lot of learning, but he's ready to hit the ground running.
Barnett started Nov. 1 as Catawba's town manager, and he is the third person in six months to hold the position. The town's previous manager, Jonathan Kanipe, left his position July 1 to take a job as Columbus town manager. Eric Davis was then hired as an interim town manager while council members searched for a replacement for Kanipe.
The death Nov. 6 of historian and author Anne Williams McAllister, of Hickory, ended a career of chronicling the rich history of her local ancestors and the diverse roles they played in the 18th and 19th centuries in forming present-day Catawba County.
Evidence recovered during a Caldwell County search could provide police with the information they need to crack a month-old murder investigation.
Hickory Police confirmed Thursday they located potentially valuable evidence Wednesday in the Zahra Baker case during their search of a wooded area near Upper Little River in Caldwell County.
Police, however, remain tight-lipped about what that evidence is.
Volunteers honored Thursday with Giving from the Heart awards were offered congratulations, but more importantly, the winners were offered words of thanks.
The Catawba County Volunteer Center held a reception Thursday at the Catawba Country Club honoring selfless volunteers from across the county.
"Every year, I'm touched, encouraged and excited by what I read about what's going on in our county," said Cheryl Abee, director of the Catawba County United Way's Catawba County Volunteer Center.
Police found key evidence Wednesday in the Zahra Baker homicide investigation, but they won't confirm the nature of the evidence.
Hickory Police released a press release Thursday stating search teams in Caldwell County "located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case." The evidence is being analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigationâ€™s lab.
Search teams returned Wednesday to another area that was previously searched for signs of Zahra Baker.
A portion of westbound Interstate 40 was closed Tuesday following a traffic accident.
Catawba County Emergency Services announced the closure of I-40 exit 130 at 6 p.m. after a crash injured four people.
Emergency workers said the injuries didn't appear to be serious, and all accident victims were free from the vehicle.
Hickory Police resumed its search Tuesday in the month-old case of a missing child.
Search crews scoured an undisclosed area Tuesday for additional clues in the disappearance and presumed death of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, who was reported missing Oct. 9 from her Hickory home.
HPD Maj. Clyde Deal wouldn't disclose the area where crews continued their investigation, saying he would release the location after the search concluded. Deal also declined to say what investigators are looking for.
Catawba County residents can honor veterans and their families this week with several services scheduled throughout the county.
Claremont will honor county veterans Thursday at 11 a.m. in City Park. This is the city's second annual ceremony in remembrance of veterans from all wars.
"We just want to ensure we have a commitment to honor the city's veterans -- past, present and future," said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.
Jack Gantt knew it would take only one date before he wanted to marry Pat Gantt.
The pair waited a little longer than one date before they exchanged vows, but Jack married Pat on April 16, 1961.
Jack, now 81, was 32 years old when he married Pat, and he was already a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an airman for two years then became a commissioned navigator through the Aviation Cadet program. He flew on a B-26 plane in Korea and Japan before leaving active duty in 1956 to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.