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The word for the Jewish Festival of Lights is Hebrew for "dedication."
The celebration, which started Wednesday, marks the rededication of the Jewish temple, which was desecrated.
Rabbi Morton Kaplan, who serves at Temple Beth Shalom in Hickory, said the eight-day holiday is a time of celebration with family and friends.
"It's really a home celebration, for the most part," he said.
Jews gather with their families at home during Hanukkah and light the candles of the menorah, which commemorates lighting the lamp in the Jewish temple more than a century before the common era.
A man was shot to death Wednesday by his girlfriend's father after a disagreement about a cell phone.
Randal Douglas Alfonso, 30, of Hickory, died from a shotgun blow to the stomach early Wednesday morning at a home on 5279 N.C. 127 South in Hickory. The man charged in the crime, Mark Steven Bell, 55, of Hickory, is the father of Alfonso's girlfriend.
Bell lives at the residence on 5279 N.C. 127 South in Hickory.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid said the family had a domestic dispute late Tuesday night when Alfonso and his girlfriend starting arguing about a cell phone.
Dan Massey knows if Wednesday's bone marrow registry doesn't help him, it will help someone else in need of a transplant.
And that's all that matters.
Massey, 61, is a former principal and educator in Catawba County who needs a bone marrow transplant after a recent diagnosis of acute mylogenous leukemia.
Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory organized a bone marrow registry drive Wednesday to benefit Massey and possibly save his life.
"If I don't get a donor, which I hope I do," Massey said, "someone else could get help. This could potentially save the lives of 10-15 people."
DNA from remains found in Caldwell County match Zahra Baker's personal items.
Hickory Police received results from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation lab stating DNA evidence from bones found near the creek area on Dudley Shoals Road matched a DNA sample taken from the home on 21st Avenue Northwest. The sample from the home was taken from personal items believed to be Zahraâ€™s.
HPD is still waiting on a DNA profile for Zahra that will be created from cheek swabs collected from her biological mother and father.
Lucinda Robinson is a Christian, but there is no Christmas tree in her home this holiday season.
Instead, Robinson, of Hickory, will light a menorah for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which starts Wednesday.
Robinson is a Messianic Jew, who studies the teachings of both the Old and New testaments of the Bible.
"I feel that, as a Christian, there are historical stories about the true God," Robinson said. "You're embracing the whole Bible."
A Superior Court judge mandated Tuesday that 11 search warrants relating to the Zahra Baker case be unsealed.
The warrants were previously sealed to the public and media outlets, claiming that, "the release of the information contained in the search warrant would jeopardize the right of the state to prosecute a defendant or defendants, or jeopardize the right of a defendant or defendants to receive a fair trial or undermine an ongoing or future investigation."
Recently unsealed court documents reveal grisly details about Zahra Baker's final days.
The documents, which were unsealed Tuesday, contain detailed information about Zahra's life leading up to her death and how her body was disposed.
Catawba County Superior Court Judge Nathan Poovey on Tuesday allowed access to search warrants related to a murder investigation that started when 10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9.
The 11 warrants, totaling more than 100 pages, reveal Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, responded deceptively during a police polygraph test, and she detailed how the young cancer survivor was dismembered inside a Hickory house.
Drum Funeral Home announced Tuesday that Zahra's family will hold a private memorial service.
The Hickory girl was reported missing Oct. 9, and police in Hickory announced Nov. 12 that they believed they had enough evidence to show that the Australian native was in fact deceased.
Visitors may stop by the funeral home to sign a register book and view a memorial tribute to Zahra from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday.
Catawba County is one of 16 counties in North Carolina under a tornado watch. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the watch, which expires at 10 p.m.
Other counties affected by the watch are: Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford and Union.