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February 15th, 2011

Overturned truck closes U.S. 321

February 15, 2011

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. 

Murder suspect took 'too many' pills

February 15, 2011

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.
“Um, I took some pills and then some more pills and I murdered my roommate,” Michael Anderson told a 9-1-1 dispatcher with Catawba County Communications. “I shot him three times and then used an axe and mutilated his body.”
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.

Teen mutilates roommate

February 15, 2011

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 Starr’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.

February 14th

Playground to honor Zahra

February 14, 2011

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.

Q marries U at Shuford Elementary

February 14, 2011

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.

Man critical after train hits car

February 14, 2011

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.

Deputies investigate murder

February 14, 2011

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.

February 11th

School absences double in flu season

February 11, 2011

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.

Marijuana plants seized in Vale

February 11, 2011

Two Catawba County police agencies assisted Thursday in a Lincolnton drug bust of a marijuana-growing operation.

Narcotics officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Newton Police Department worked with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office's Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement team to arrest a Vale man accused of growing and selling marijuana from his home.

Maiden QB elected Beta president

February 11, 2011

Maiden High School's quarterback is right at home in his Blue Devil uniform, throwing passes to his teammates and running for touchdowns on crisp fall nights.

But junior Matthew Johnson is also equally comfortable in his black Beta Club T-shirt, juggling service projects and running for a statewide leadership position.

Johnson, the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, was recently elected as North Carolina state Beta Club president.

Johnson's election made him Maiden High's first state officer in about eight years.

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