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February 24th, 2011

Iconic novel coming to LRU stage

February 24, 2011

"To Kill a Mockingbird."

The novel and its message of redemption are an iconic part of American history.

An area theater group is performing a stage production tonight of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality during a one-night presentation on Lenoir-Rhyne University's campus.

The play comes during the final days of Black History Month, and the "To Kill a Mockingbird" actors said they hope theater-goers leave the play with a better understanding of the horrors of racial inequality.

Creation Conference comes to city

February 24, 2011

Area school children love dinosaurs, and Thursday they had the opportunity to pair that love with a lesson in religion.

Creation Family Ministries is hosting a Dinosaurs and the Bible Conference on Biblical Creation at the Hickory Metro Convention Center to teach children about how dinosaurs fit into the Bible's account of how the world was created.

The three-day conference will continue through Saturday and aims to answer questions from believers and skeptics alike about dinosaurs and their interactions with mankind.

Fire destroys home, vehicle

February 24, 2011

The cause of a house fire remains undetermined Thursday after investigators sifted through the remains of a Newton mobile home destroyed in a late-night blaze.

Fire broke out Wednesday night in a double-wide manufactured home at 1870 April's Way off Sigmon Dairy Road in Newton. The home was a total loss, and two vehicles were damaged from exposure to flames and smoke.

February 23rd

Area pastors bring film to Hickory

February 23, 2011

When the Revs. Ann and Frank Aichinger saw "The Grace Card" movie, they knew it had to come to Hickory.

The problem was that the film, scheduled for release Feb. 25, was only available for screening in larger cities like Charlotte and Raleigh.

The Aichingers, who are co-pastors at New Vision Church in Conover, saw "The Grace Card" in November during a special pre-screening event. They learned that, although the film wasn't set to appear in Catawba County movie theaters, there was something they could do to change that.

Head-on crash sends 4 to hospital

February 23, 2011

Four people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after two vehicles collided head-on.

Shelly Lynn Rodgers, 36, of Sherrills Ford, was traveling near the 5700 block of East Bandys Crossroad about 1:20 p.m. when her Dodge Caravan crossed the center line. She collided head-on with a SUV traveling in the opposite direction, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Trooper R.G. Griffin said the Buick Enclave SUV was driven by Deanna McGuire, 40, of Catawba. McGuire's 62-year-old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gregory, also of Catawba, was sitting in the passenger seat.

Group promotes learning

February 23, 2011

Area teachers know how important it is for children to have the supplies they need to excel in school.

Those educators are coming together to ensure children have those supplies, regardless of students' financial situation.

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators in Catawba County, collect school supplies, book bags and books to donate to every school in the county.

Zahra's accused killer arraigned - or was she?

February 23, 2011

First the woman accused of murdering 10-year-old Zahra Baker was arraigned, and then she wasn't.

At 1:47 p.m. on Wednesday, District Attorney Jay Gaither's office widely distributed a press release reporting that Elisa Baker appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin during a court proceeding on Tuesday. According to that release she was "arraigned" and received Scott Reilly as court-appointed counsel.

In an arraignment hearing, a defendant typically enters a plea to the charges they are facing.

February 22nd

Postal workers: Don't close facility

February 22, 2011

United States postal workers take an oath to provide mail service to the country's citizens. But area members of the American Postal Workers Union feel that oath to provide superior customer service could be comprised if the U.S. Postal Service Hickory distribution facility in Conover is closed.

Victim catches thieves in action

February 22, 2011

A quick-thinking dirt bike owner didn't let himself become a victim of a crime Monday when he found his stolen motor bike, chained it to a tree and waited for the thieves to return.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies responded to the 4700 block of Burton Lane in Denver after the dirt bike owner, Lance Markevitch, called 9-1-1 to report that he and his neighbors apprehended two suspects who allegedly stole the man's dirt bike Sunday and hid it near the man's home.

Catawba combats finances year-by-year

February 22, 2011

An increasing cost of doing business coupled with decreasing town revenues caused Catawba leaders to rethink the way the town operates for the upcoming fiscal year.

Catawba hasn't seen revenues exceed expenditures since 2007, leaving the town with a budget trending toward a $200,000 gap between revenues and expenses.

That gap won't be closed in one year, town manager Brian Barnett told Catawba Town Council during a budget workshop Feb. 15. The town, however, can start closing the gap year by year with reduced operating and capital costs.

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