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November 2nd, 2010

HPD processing clues

November 2, 2010

Zahra Baker was reported missing almost one month ago, but the search for her whereabouts hasn't slowed.
Investigators continue to follow leads, process information and conduct interviews in the hope of locating the 10-year-old girl, who is presumed dead.
HPD Maj. Clyde Deal said Tuesday officials are processing evidence collected during recent searches, but police have yet to receive any results from the lab.

November 1st

Police: Prosthesis was Zahra's

November 1, 2010

Police confirmed Monday that the prosthetic leg found in Caldwell County belonged to a disabled child now missing for more than three weeks.
Hickory Police Department said in a press release they confirmed the prosthesis match using serial numbers on the leg.
Ten-year-old Zahra Baker lost her lower left leg to bone cancer. Zahra's hearing was also damaged during cancer treatment, forcing her to wear hearing aids.

Laps 4 Labs

November 1, 2010

To get a wireless computer lab up and running, Balls Creek Elementary students are doing some running of their own.
Students, faculty and volunteers raced around the school track Monday to raise money for a new computer lab in the school.
The project, called Laps 4 Labs, is designed to involve students in the computer lab fundraising process, while keeping them physically fit at the same time.
Students and members of the school's Parent-Teacher Organization were asked to find area businesses willing to donate to the school's goal of $10,000.

County leaf collection starts

November 1, 2010

Brightly colored fall foliage is everywhere in Catawba County, but someone must clean up the leaves once they fall to the ground. Area municipalities offer leaf collection for residents, and each area's collection schedules, requirements and services are different.

Newton
The city offers curbside loose-leaf collection for residents. This year's collection routes, however, are different than previous years.

October 29th

Churches stay with ELCA, for better, worse

October 29, 2010

For many Lutherans in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the past year was spent deciding where they belong. After the synod approved homosexual men and women to become ordained pastors in ELCA churches while involved in a monogamous, same-sex relationship, some Lutherans stayed in the synod when others voted to leave.
While hundreds of churches decided to leave the ELCA after the August 2009 decision became public, other churches in the synod stayed.

NALC formed after rules change

October 29, 2010

Area churches took a stand and said ‘No’ to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s vote to allow ordained pastors to be in same-gender, monogamous relationships. Now they've formed a new synod, which they say, follows the “sacred scripture.”
When churches started leaving the ELCA, the North American Lutheran Church was formed and chartered Aug. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, there are about 50 churches that officially left the ELCA after two votes per congregation to leave and a dismissal from the synod council. Most of those churches joined the NALC.

Bomb found on cargo jet

October 29, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Dubai intercepted an explosive device bound for a Chicago-area Jewish institution aboard a cargo jet, officials disclosed Friday, triggering a worldwide alert and fears that al-Qaida was attempting to carry out fresh terror attacks.

A second package — like the first, shipped from Yemen — was discovered aboard a plane in England. It, too, was addressed to a Jewish organization in the Chicago area, although there was no immediate confirmation about its contents.

Gourd Lady to appear on Jay Leno Show

October 29, 2010

Margaret Sparkman, also known as The Gourd Lady, will appear tonight on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno show.
The show starts at 11 p.m., and this is the second time Sparkman will appear on the Jay Leno show.
Also, don't miss Sparkman on The Today Show on Monday.

October 28th

A sweet donation

October 28, 2010

Two dollars and 25 cents is a lot of money for an 8-year-old boy.
South Newton Elementary School third-grader Brendan Young raised $2.25 in August during Soldiers Reunion by selling popsicles to ease the summer heat.
Instead of keeping the hard-earned cash to himself, he donated it to Newton-Conover City Schools' backpack program, which ensures no student goes without food when school isn't in session.
"It gives me that feeling that I feel good for doing it," Brendan said of his donation.

Search continues at Baker house

October 28, 2010

Search crews returned Thursday to the house of a missing child, continuing an almost 3-week-old search for information about the girl's whereabouts.
Maj. Clyde Deal, with the Hickory Police Department, said investigators returned Thursday to the home of Zahra Baker, at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory, to search for evidence.
Deal said new information in the investigation led crews to search the site again, but he wouldn't elaborate about what crews are looking for.

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