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September 9th, 2010
A Hickory family’s pet died Thursday in a house fire.
The dog was inside the house, located at 1959 16th St. NE in Hickory, when a fire broke out in the basement.
No one was at home when the fire started, but one of the residents returned home at 10:07 a.m. and smelled smoke, said Terri Byers with the Hickory Fire Department.
Thirteen Hickory firefighters arrived on the scene with two engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. They found flames in the basement, as well as smoke and heat damage on the first floor.
The city of Hickory will hold a Sept. 11 remembrance event Saturday.
The event, which is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. in Union Square in downtown Hickory, marks the first time the city organized a 9/11 event by itself.
“We right away started planning this event (after Sept. 11, 2009),” said Mandy Pitts, Hickory communications director. “We plan for this to be the start of an annual event.”
The Hickory High School band will play patriotic tunes prior to start of the event.
Certain roads in Catawba County are expected to be paved in the coming months, following a recommendation by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Jackie McSwain, district engineer for the NCDOT, presented the Catawba County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday with the NCDOT’s priority list for paving and widening secondary roads in the county.
The county was allocated $1,580,200 in North Carolina highway funds to use in the projects, and all of the funding is expected to be utilized.
The Catawba County Animal Shelter re-opened Tuesday, and after two days, the shelter is back to overcrowded conditions.
The shelter housed 119 cats and dogs at noon on Thursday, which exceeds the shelter’s capacity by 41 animals.
But for Jane Tse, of Hickory, surrendering her dog to the animal shelter Thursday was her only choice.
Tse’s daughter died in October, and she has cared for her daughter’s dog since her death.
“She was just too sick to take care of (the dog),” Tse said.
Area WATCH DOGS organizations put a leash on school violence.
The WATCH Dads of Great Students (DOGS) organization is comprised of volunteer father figures, like dads, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers, who commit time in area schools to be positive role models for students.
When Lorrie Dean was raising her children as a single parent, the backpack program could have helped her out immensely.
Now that Dean’s children are adults, she wants to help families who are struggling to put food on the table, just as she did.
Dean is one of many Catawba County BB&T employees who started volunteering Wednesday for the county’s backpack program, which provides free meals for underprivileged children during weekends.
The bill is in for repairing a water line break that affected most Newton city water customers last month, and city leaders were surprised by the cost estimates.
Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said a water line break along U.S. 70 early in the morning on Aug. 24 will cost the city about $59,000.
"I would have thought it would be five times that," said Newton Mayor Robert Mullinax, who previously called the water line break a "budget buster."
A Newton home was damaged Wednesday after a fire broke out in the kitchen.
Homeowner Casey Wilfong was outside her residence at 4464 Hickory Lincolnton Highway shortly before 11 a.m. when she heard the smoke detector beeping inside her house.
She went back into the single-story home, saw flames in the kitchen near the sink and called 9-1-1.
“You don’t want to know what I was thinking (when I saw the fire),” she said. “You really don’t want to know.”
The former PTO treasurer accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Webb A. Murray Elementary School had her case continued.
Holly LaFone Specht, of Hickory, was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court. Her case was continued to Nov. 1.
The defense made a motion for continuance for time needed to obtain financial documents relevant to the case.
Specht was indicted in April on charges of embezzlement by a public official, obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of forging endorsement.
A Conover man was convicted Tuesday of three felony sex offenses.
A jury in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court convicted David Gene Carle, 49, with felony first-degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Carle was sentenced to at least 192 months and no more than 240 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Jury selection for Carle’s trial started Aug. 31, and the jury returned their verdict Tuesday after 20 minutes of deliberation.