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February 7th, 2011
A 14-year-old and her parents are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Denver.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said Rick Wheeler, 36, allegedly shot his wife Angela, 41, and the couple's 14-year-old daughter Samantha "Sam" at their family home in Denver. Rick then turned the gun on himself.
Friends and relatives of the Wheeler family are having a difficult time reconciling the violent incident with their memories of the Wheelers, who they said were a loving, committed family.
Teachers in Catawba County gathered Monday night to thank board members for trying to save their jobs in the 2011-12 school year, despite the possibility of cutting performance-based supplements.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education held its public hearing for the 2011-12 local budget during a special meeting Monday. About two dozen teachers and teacher assistants were in attendance, but surprisingly, only two people stood before the board members to comment.
Catawba County Schools Board of Education plans to release information about the search for a new superintendent at its next meeting.
Board chairwoman Joyce Spencer told The O-N-E on Monday that the board is "hoping to have information" at its Feb. 28 meeting.
In December, the North Carolina School Board Association said CCS received 24 applications for the superintendent position, which is currently held by interim superintendent Glenn Barger.
However, Monday, Spencer said there is "no definitive number of finalists."
When will charges be filed in the death of Zahra Baker? Thatâ€™s the question that has been asked since the 10-year-old girlâ€™s death was confirmed in mid-November and one that continues to be posed now, four months after she was first reported missing.
The decision to pursue charges is up to 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither. The DAâ€™s Office received the prosecution summary from Hickory Police Department in December, and the case file was turned over to Gaitherâ€™s office Jan. 26.
A 14-year-old Mill Creek Middle School student and her parents are dead in what police think is a murder-suicide.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said deputies responded to 4785 Grassy Creek Road in Denver to find the bodies of Rick Wheeler, Angela Wheeler and their daughter Samantha inside the house.
Reid said it appears Rick shot Angela and Samantha, then shot himself. Deputies responded to the house after receiving a 9-1-1 hang-up call.
A vigil is planned for 7-8 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford.
When Gourd Lady Margaret Sparkman saw a man pull out his checkbook and start writing a check in her honor, she was thrilled.
She saw him start to write "2," and she thought he was going to donate $25.
That "2" was followed, not by the number five, but by four zeros. The mystery man gave Sparkman, 94, a $20,000 gift to help fund the community center in Conover named in Sparkman's honor.
One wall of a Newton home was damaged Thursday night from an overheated outlet.
Newton firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 2255 Chatham St. on Thursday at 5:52 p.m.
Thirteen men from Newton Fire Department arrived on the scene to find no signs of fire coming from the inside of the house. They discovered an overheated outlet on the second level of the two-story structure, said Newton Fire Marshal Dale Coffey. It's unknown if the fire was in a bedroom.
These days, graduating high school, college or technical school is only half the battle.
Students in Catawba County schools must work harder than ever to give them an edge over the millions of other newly graduated students and displaced workers trying to enter the workforce.
A Hickory man is in custody and facing drug charges after he led narcotics officers on a vehicle chase late Thursday.
Officers received a tip from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office about a possible drug transaction involving Joshua Nathaniel Jones, 22, of Hickory. Narcotics officers from Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office located Jones at the Petro Express on U.S. 70 East in Conover, where he was allegedly participating in selling cocaine, according to a press release from Newton Police Department.
More high school students are turning to part-time jobs to make money, and for many of those students, a job in the food service industry is an easy way to gain employment.
Catawba County schools offer ServSafe food safety classes for students who have or hope to have a job in food service.
Not every student is meant to attend college, and CTE classes help those students find the right career niche for them.
"Not every career requires a four-year education," said Karen Cale, Catawba County Schools Career and Technical Education director.