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October 12th, 2010

Missing girl had 'terrible' home life

October 12, 2010

HICKORY — Relatives of a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl whose bone cancer left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids described the child's life as miserable, saying she was locked in her room for most of the day and was punished over little things.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday, but police said they have had trouble finding anyone outside the household who had seen the girl alive in the last few weeks. Authorities also cast doubt on what the couple had told them.

October 11th

Political sign rules

October 11, 2010

Political signs accumulate in yards and city streets as election day nears. Some of those signs, however, could be illegal.
Illegal campaign sign placement is a violation of littering laws, said Larry Brewer Catawba County Board of Elections director. The Board of Elections, however, does not have the authority to enforce the laws.
"We don't control signs," Brewer said. "We're not the sign police, so to speak."
Littering law violations on public rights-of-way are enforced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

City manager takes office

October 11, 2010

Claremont's new city manager is in office and ready to serve the citizens.
Doug Barrick started Sept. 27 as Claremont city manger, and he said he is excited for the opportunities the job holds.
"So far, so good," Barrick said. "It's just been a whirlwind."
Since his first day in office, Barrick sat down with department heads and discussed ongoing projects and other partnerships.
"My focus has been on meeting all the people we work with," he said.

October 10th

Canine smells human remains

October 10, 2010

A search and rescue dog gave a positive alert Sunday for the presence of human remains in vehicles located near the home of a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl.
According to a search warrant, an organization specializing in recovery of persons and bodies arrived about 12:45 p.m. Sunday at Zahra Clare Baker's house, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory, and searched two vehicles located on the property.

October 8th

Race for the Cure

October 8, 2010

Race, or walk, for a cure for breast cancer.
The 2010 Susan G. Komen N.C. Foothills Race for the Cure will be held Oct. 16 at Lenoir-Rhyne University to promote breast cancer awareness and education in Catawba County and the surrounding area.
"We get people who are survivors, as well as people who have been affected by cancer in some way," said Peggy Messick, board president of the N.C. Foothills Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate.

Farmers important to N.C. House, U.S. Rep candidates

October 8, 2010

Five candidates want to represent the citizens of Catawba County and the surrounding area in the North Carolina House of Representatives or the U.S. Congress. These men, David Munday, Mark Hollo, Gary Lafone, Mark Hilton and Jeff Gregory, spoke at the Catawba County Farm Bureau political forum to give citizens an idea of how they will represent the county, if elected.

"Early detection is the key"

October 8, 2010

Marian Baer was 29 years old and pregnant with her second child when she found a lump in her breast.
She immediately called her obstetrician, who sent her to a surgeon.
"The next thing I knew, I was on an operating table," said Baer, now 65, of Hickory.
Baer said her surgery was "very extensive," and doctors told her she would probably miscarry from the after-effects of the operation and anesthesia.

Gospel Fest canceled

October 8, 2010

Newton's Gospel Fest is canceled for a lack of interest.
The annual festival, which is usually held in December, was moved to Oct. 10 as an outdoor event at Southside Park in Newton.
"We have usually done (the Gospel Fest) before at Christmas, and we had great success there," said Marcie Winkler, administrative assistant for Newton Parks and Recreation. "We tried something different this year with an outdoor event."
Winkler said about three groups registered for this Sunday's event, but is about half of the groups participating in the usual indoor holiday festival.

October 7th

Broadband brings Perdue to Hickory

October 7, 2010

Broadband coverage in western North Carolina is expanding.
N.C. Governor Bev Perdue will arrive in Hickory on Friday for the groundbreaking ceremony where nonprofit MCNC will expand its broadband service for the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).
The project will improve broadband service to 1,232 K-12 schools and 55 higher-learning institutions, including North Carolina-system universities.
CommScope in Hickory will provide materials for the project, including more than 500 miles of optic fiber and 1,000 miles of conduit.

'The King, I' opens Friday

October 7, 2010

The Green Room Community Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" opens Friday at 8 p.m. at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. The cast, including Gina McWhirter, as English governess Anna, rehearses nightly for the opening performance. The musical chronicles the relationships between Anna, the King of Siam and the king's extended family as they struggle to balance eastern and western cultures.

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