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March 4th, 2011
Several high-profile murder cases in past months aren't indicative of an increase in the county's overall crime rate, according to Catawba County's sheriff.
The county received state, national and international media attention in recent months after murders like the Zahra Baker case, the Wheeler family murder-suicide and the death and mutilation of Stephen Starr.
The sheriff's department reported three murders in 2010 in its jurisdiction, which is the same number of murders the department has responded to already this year.
A prison sergeant is charged with sexual activity with a female inmate.
Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, of Morganton, was arrested and charged with sexual activity by a custodian after allegations that he made sexual contact with a female inmate in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.
Pearson worked in the facility as a sergeant on the night shift.
Some people go to beaches or tropical countries during spring break.
But instead of taking a trip, a group of Catawba Valley Community College faculty, staff and students are creating more than 150,000 meals for students in Haiti.
They started packing meals Friday with members of area Rotary clubs through the Stop Hunger Now campaign to end hunger worldwide.
It's a ministry, not a job.
That's what five women who recently celebrated 20 years of service at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley will tell you about the past two decades of their lives.
They've laughed together, cried together and prayed together and with their patients. And as they look back on the changing landscape of PCHCV, its patients and its services, the women see an opportunity to continue fulfilling Catawba County's need for end-of-life care.
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.
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.
The dress, the shoes, the flowers and the dinner â€” 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.
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.
Winter snow woes were replaced this week with another weather worry â€” 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.
A Bandys High School graduate returned to Catawba County Schools on Wednesday â€” 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.