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February 1st, 2011

Couple continues transplant after theft

February 1, 2011

It's been almost three months since a Newton couple was robbed of money for a double-lung transplant.

Patty and Ken Arnold are in the early stages of the transplant process at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and are continuing with Ken's procedure — with or without the money.

The Arnolds never recovered the $1,100 in cash stolen from them Nov. 6 when a supposed stranded driver asked Patty for a ride. The stranger was in the car momentarily before she jumped out of the back seat, taking Patty's wallet and the money donated to the Arnolds from American Legion Post 48.

No timeline for Zahra indictment

February 1, 2011

The District Attorney's Office won't provide a timeline for a possible indictment in the Zahra Baker case, saying they'll take their time reviewing the massive case file.

Hickory Police Department submitted its case file Monday detailing interviews, documents and other data in the investigation of 10-year-old Zahra's death. Now, the District Attorney's Office is charged with sifting through that information, which amounts to more than 30,000 pages of documents.

Reaching for a goal

February 1, 2011

Catawba County is thousands of miles away from Tucson, Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.

But as Giffords recovers, her therapy mimics the therapy received by many Catawba County patients, who struggle every day to recover from once life-threatening conditions.

Giffords is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries at a Houston inpatient rehabilitation center, much like the rehabilitation center at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

January 31st

New park coming to city

January 31, 2011

Conover received a grant valued at more than $400,000 to help the city make improvements to a tract of land near Conover Station.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant will help city officials engineer a stormwater wetland on Conover Station's southern end. Once the wetland is completed, it will become Conover Station Park, which increases the city's park acreage by nearly 50 percent and serves the city's only quadrant not currently benefitting from a park.

Newton considers new rules for residential property

January 31, 2011

Between recreational vehicles parked in yards and outbuildings constructed on residential lots, Newton leaders are planning to tackle property issues when they meet tonight.

One proposed measure continues Newton City Council's debate over an off-street parking ordinance that aims to prohibit campers, boats and other recreational vehicles from being parked in front of Newton homes.

New for consideration is a proposal that spells out new rules for Newton citizens who want to build a carport, garage or other accessory structure on their property.

2 charged in $1.3 million drug bust

January 31, 2011

Two Catawba County residents were jailed in Texas this weekend after police found 30 pounds of drugs in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell, 25, of Hickory, and Terry Alexander Bumgarner, 47, of Newton, were stopped by police Saturday while the pair was traveling along Interstate 20 in Longview, Texas.

January 28th

NCHS photo in major motion picture

January 28, 2011

It all started with a photograph.

Conover resident Don Barker snapped a picture of the 1982 graduating class of Newton-Conover High School sitting at the bleachers in Gurley Stadium.

Fast forward 29 years, and that same picture now appears in the major motion picture, "Leaves of Grass."

The picture is simple enough: seniors smiling and sitting primly together in seven rows. There was something special about the photo, however, and it caught the eye of NCHS graduate Sarah Parker, who works in movie post-production for Leaves production company.

Residents remember Challenger explosion

January 28, 2011

Twenty-five years ago, the country watched in anticipation as seven astronauts prepared to lift off into space.

Seventy-three seconds later, the country watched with horror as those seven lives were lost in a massive explosion on the Challenger space shuttle.

Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion, an event that Catawba County residents say is akin to Sept. 11, 2001 or the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.

New tax rules take effect

January 28, 2011

Tax season is under way.

But in light of new rules taking effect this tax season, some residents could be forced to look for new tax preparers.

Internal Revenue Service guidelines mandate more stringent identification of who tax preparers are, making it more difficult for just anyone to file a tax return.

Required preparer identification number

January 27th

Bakers cases continued

January 27, 2011

Neither Adam nor Elisa Baker were in attendance Thursday when District Court Judge C. Thomas Edwards agreed to continue their cases until April.

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