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November 23rd, 2010

Application deadline closes in leader search

November 23, 2010

Catawba County Schools' search for a superintendent is another step closer to finding a new leader.
Monday was the North Carolina School Board Association's application deadline for the position. Allison Schafer, legal counsel and policy director for NCSBA, said the number of applications received is above the national average.
"We have at least 15 applications," Schafer said, adding the NCSBA staff will have a final number once mailed applications are received and e-mail spam folders are checked. "The national average is about 12 (applications per position)."

Arm yourself against the flu

November 23, 2010

Flu season, a time of coughing, fever, chills and body aches, is under way.
It's not too late, however, to prevent the flu from ruining your holiday plans.
"Anytime is the right time to get your flu shot," said Lynne Laws, Community Health Services nurse supervisor at Catawba County Public Health. "Based on information from the (Center for Disease Control), the flu vaccine is effective all year."

200 turkeys for area families

November 23, 2010

More than 200 families can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the collaboration of two community groups committed to serving the needy.
The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry partnered with Wal-Mart to distribute the makings of Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings Tuesday to area residents in need.
Wal-Mart donated 200 frozen turkeys so GHCCM clients will have a free, warm meal to enjoy Thanksgiving Day. The turkeys were packaged in a reusable Wal-Mart bag also stocked with stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and canned yams.

November 22nd

HPD conducts interviews in Zahra's case

November 22, 2010

It has been more than one week since police confirmed they located the remains of Zahra Baker, and police continue to gather information about what happened to Zahra in her final days.
Hickory Police Department Maj. Clyde Deal said police follow up on any information that could give them a clear picture of Zahra's death.
"Obviously, anything we come across that could be of interest to the case we will collect," Deal said.
HPD investigators conducted interviews Monday in the case, but Deal declined to say who was interviewed or what those interviews involved.

2 dead in N.C. 127 crashes

November 22, 2010

Two people died since Friday in two different crashes on N.C. 127.
The latest crash occurred Monday half a mile north of Cloninger Mill Road in Hickory.
Danny Lynn Barnette, 57, of Granite Falls, was traveling north on N.C. 127 about 11 a.m. when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Swagger.

Cleaning up his life

November 22, 2010

If you ask Terry Holmes, he'll tell you God has a plan for everything.
Holmes, 53, of Newton, had his share of difficulties in life -- involved with drugs at age 20 and in prison during his 40s.
Now clean and sober for 13 years, Holmes makes it his mission to show others how he cleaned up his life by cleaning up area schools.
He worked as a custodian at Hickory High School and Newton-Conover middle and high school since his release from prison on misdemeanor charges.

November 19th

8 shots fired into occupied home

November 19, 2010

Eight shots from an assault rifle were fired Thursday into an occupied home.
An unknown suspect fired the shots about 9:15 p.m. into a mobile home in the 4100 block of River Road, which is just outside Hickory city limits.
A man and his wife, who live in the residence, were at home when the incident occurred, according to Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish. No one was injured.
The bullets' entry into the residence damaged about $1,400 of property, including chairs, a metal wood stove, a TV, a wooden entertainment center and the residence's interior and exterior walls.

Average values increase 1.9 percent

November 19, 2010

The average property value in Catawba County went up about 2 percent for the current revaluation, but that doesn't mean the values are final.
The appeals process for property values is under way after the 2010 property values were mailed Nov. 15 to residents.
"We allow taxpayers to make an appointment and sit down with our appraisal staff to discuss the revaluation," said Catawba County Tax Administrator Mark Logan.

Newton lands $124K grant

November 19, 2010

Thanks to a $124,000 grant Newton will purchase a fire-simulation trailer that will help train the city's fire department to safely fight structure fires.
"In order for our firefighters to become state-certified, they have to participate in a live, controlled burn setting," Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said, adding that a fire trailer provides just such a live fire situation. "Live fire evolutions are the most important training we provide for our firefighters. You don't realize how well a firefighter is going to perform until they face a live fire."

Cheerleader flips for NYC parade

November 19, 2010

Fred T. Foard freshman Mary McKenzie Finger always watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV with her cousins.
This year, she won't be watching the 84th annual parade in New York City -- she'll be performing in it.
Finger, 14, is a J.V. cheerleader at Foard, and she was selected to perform in the parade this summer during a Universal Cheerleading Association camp.

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