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April 14th, 2011

Police catch suspects

April 14, 2011

Hickory Police stopped a purple Chevrolet Caprice after an alleged armed robbery at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
The car was occupied by two males that were arrested after a traffic stop at about noon on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard for allegedly robbing a residence in the 200 block of 10th Avenue Southeast in Hickory.
Hickory Police Sgt. R. George said the suspects were somewhat cooperative during the arrest, and evidence was found in the car.
Hickory Police are investigating.

Suspect wanted in robbery

April 14, 2011

Police are searching for a suspect that allegedly stole money from a convenience store while purchasing an item.
At 5:42 a.m. Wednesday, a while male attempted to buy a drink and biscuit from the Little Market Basket, on N.C. 16 North in Conover. The man didn't have enough money to purchase the drink and biscuit, so he put one item back and gave the clerk money for the other.
The clerk said when the cash register opened to complete the sale, the man stuck his hand in the register and grabbed $36 from the drawer, according to an incident report.

Local Non-Profit Raises Awareness for HIV/AIDS

April 14, 2011

Community members are putting their best feet forward to help support ALFA to improve the lives of those infected with AIDS.

Saturday marks the second annual Hike for Hope, sponsored by Advancing Life Fighting AIDS, at the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton.

“The Greenway was an ideal setting in 2010,” said Rodney Tucker, ALFA executive director. “The riverside location and mid-spring weather really furthered the atmosphere of hope. We’re excited to bring people back this year to Burke County, which is one of ALFA’s largest service areas.”

Local farmer enters Hall of Fame

April 14, 2011

A Conover man’s lifelong dedication to the agriculture industry through leadership and participation led to state award.

Ira Cline, of Conover, was awarded the Hall of Fame award by the North Carolina Vegetable Growers’ Association for his continued work, innovation and leadership to the vegetable industry.

Dick Tunnell, chairman of the board for the NCVGA, presented the award to Cline in December at the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“When you get an award in front of all the people you’ve known for years, it’s humbling,” said Cline.

SWAT team raids home, arrests man

April 14, 2011

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team raided a residence on the Buffalo Shoals Road Thursday morning.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sgt, Steven Grinnell received information that James Andrew Woods Jr. was wanted on a number of charges and was at the residence at 843 Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton. Grinnell confirmed the information and contacted the SWAT team leader.

Music become a passion for resident: Community bands perform Sunday

April 14, 2011

David Doolittle's passion for music started at a young age. Now, at 73, he still enjoys making music come alive.

"I enjoy hearing the notes jump off of the page and be pleasing to hear for the audience," said Doolittle, who is a member of the Newton-Conover Community Concert Band and Jazz Band.

Doolittle started in sixth grade playing the clarinet and advanced to the bass clarinet and tenor saxophone in high school. In college, he continued to perform in band and picked up the baritone saxophone, the instrument he plays in the community concert and jazz bands.

April 13th

Student accepts 'challenge' again

April 13, 2011

Most people have never heard of a retreat called the Shelton Challenge, except Jade Stewart.

Stewart, a junior at Newton-Conover High School, has participated in this experience for two years and was accepted for a third year as a peer leader.

"The camper is the first stage of the camp and after you have been a camper you can apply to be a peer leader, which is like a camp counselor," said Stewart.

Stewart's was a camper her first year and became a peer leader her second year. She will hold the peer leader position her third year, too.

More people become targets after emails compromised

April 13, 2011

Officials warn emails users to not become victim to a scam.

With the recent breach of Epsilon's data from about 50 companies where email addresses and names of company clients were released, criminals now have easier targets for possible scams.

"Epsilon maintains all that was compromised was names and email addresses," said Thomas Foss, director of Center for Information Assurance at Catawba Valley Community College. "However, it appears evidently compromised were the company IDs that people had relationships with."

Embers cause cabin fire

April 13, 2011

A controlled burn apparently caused major damage to a Hickory cabin Tuesday after embers made the house catch fire.

Hickory Fire Department responded at 3:39 p.m. to 2609 Valley View Drive.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered flames and smoke coming from the building, according to a press release from Terri Byers, of the Hickory Fire Department.

Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, three tankers and a command vehicle.

Catawba County EMS, Mountain View Fire Department and the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office also responded to the scene.

Ride to honor Zahra Baker

April 13, 2011

Motorcycles aren't the first things that come to mind when someone mentions Zahra Baker's name.

But Gail Boyce, of Conover, is working to change that.

Boyce, with the support of Catawba County businesses and individuals, organized the Angel Wings Zahra Baker Memorial Ride to honor the murdered 10-year-old, who was reported missing in October.

"This is so much more than a memorial ride," Boyce said. "It's a memorial ride, but it's so much more. I can't talk to anyone who this child hasn't touched a part of their heart."

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