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November 16th, 2010

Vigil to celebrate Zahra's life

November 16, 2010

Birthdays are a time to celebrate life, and today is Zahra Baker's 11th birthday.
The Children's Protection Council will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday to honor Zahra, the child whose struggle with cancer and reported abuse captured the hearts of people worldwide.
"It's a recognition of Zahra being part of our community and our community being overwhelmed by the possibilities of what could have happened," said Adrienne Opdyke, Children's Protection Council vice chairwoman.

Community mourns Zahra's death

November 16, 2010

Raindrops fell Monday on Zahra Baker's former residence in Hickory, but a newly added plastic tarp kept the ever-expanding memorial for the 11-year-old dry. Balloons, stuffed animals, angel ornaments and hand-written letters encircle a tree in the front yard of Zahra's former home, located at 21 21st Ave. NW. The plastic tarp that covers the memorial is held down with pieces of wood to ensure nothing is damaged by the rain scheduled to arrive in the coming days.

November 13th

Lake community crime spree continues

November 13, 2010

Another boat owner is a victim of a three-week crime spree in Sherrills Ford.
Todd Christopher Goodykoontz, 40, of Sherrills Ford, reported Nov. 8 that an unknown suspect stole 25 gallons of gasoline from his boat. The vehicle was docked in a community area in the 2300 block of North View Harbor in Sherrills Ford.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report, the victim discovered the larceny Oct. 15.

Zahra Baker - a heartbreaking loss

November 13, 2010

2:30 a.m. Oct. 9
Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, claims she saw Zahra sleeping in her bed.

5:30 a.m. Oct. 9
A brush fire is reported in the backyard of the Zahra's residence, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory.

A Hickory Police officer notices the smell of gasoline coming from a Chevrolet Tahoe parked on the property and finds a hand-written ransom note demanding $1 million in unmarked bills.

2 p.m. Oct. 9
Zahra is reported missing, and police issue an Amber Alert.

12:45 p.m. Oct. 10

Remains are likely Zahra's

November 13, 2010

It was the outcome no one wanted but everyone expected.
Police recovered enough physical evidence to believe they located the remains of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl reported missing more than a month ago.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins announced Friday during a brief press conference that a bone located last week on Christie Road in Caldwell County matches a DNA sample taken from inside Zahra Baker's home.

Hoping for a brighter future

November 13, 2010

The holiday punch bowl was always a source of struggle for Owen "Buddy" Shoup.
Shoup struggled with alcoholism and addiction, and his family's punch bowl tempted him to start drinking again. To help encourage Shoup's sobriety, his mother made a nonalcoholic beverage for Shoup and placed the beverage in a smaller bowl beside the family punch bowl.
Shoup battled his alcoholism step by step and day by day.
"That little dish eventually became the whole punch bowl," he said.

November 12th

Zahra's death confirmed

November 13, 2010

Police have enough evidence to confirm Zahra Baker's death.
During a press conference Friday, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said, "with great regret," investigators recovered enough evidence to constitute the recovery of Zahra, a 10-year-old girl who was reported missing Oct. 9.
DNA evidence from a bone found days ago on Christie Road matched a DNA sample taken from Zahra's belongings at her home in Hickory.
Check the Saturday edition of The O-N-E for more details on this breaking news story.

November 12th

Star native, husband receive Prince Rainier III award

November 12, 2010

Newton native Pauletta Pearson Washington and her husband, Denzel Washington, were honored in New York City for their acting careers and community outreach.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA held the 28th annual Princess Grace Awards Gala on Nov. 10 in New York City. The awards ceremony included the presentation of 21 awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as the Prince Rainier III Award to be presented to Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

Town welcomes new manager

November 12, 2010

Brian Barnett's first week on the job included a lot of meetings and a lot of learning, but he's ready to hit the ground running.
Barnett started Nov. 1 as Catawba's town manager, and he is the third person in six months to hold the position. The town's previous manager, Jonathan Kanipe, left his position July 1 to take a job as Columbus town manager. Eric Davis was then hired as an interim town manager while council members searched for a replacement for Kanipe.

Area historian, author dies

November 12, 2010

The death Nov. 6 of historian and author Anne Williams McAllister, of Hickory, ended a career of chronicling the rich history of her local ancestors and the diverse roles they played in the 18th and 19th centuries in forming present-day Catawba County.

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