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October 26th, 2010
Investigators seized a mattress Tuesday containing DNA evidence, which could potentially lead investigators closer to Zahra Baker.
Employees at the Caldwell County Landfill located the mattress Tuesday when they were regrading the area of the landfill investigators searched last week.
A fire destroyed a mobile home Monday and injured two people.
A single-wide mobile home used for storage caught fire about 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Lee Cline Road in Claremont, said Mark Pettit with the Catawba County Fire Marshal's Office.
Two people were working inside the mobile home at the time of the fire, and they sustained burn injuries from the blaze. Pettit said he thinks the people were the owners of the building.
Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley recently developed a program for patients in advanced stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD.
Caron Tucker, RN and PCHCV vice president of outreach, said the specialized program is designed to meet COPD patients' unique needs while maintaining and improving their qualities of life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, COPD is a group of diseases that causes airflow blockage and breathing-related difficulties. COPD also includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Newton businesses are coming together to award a special woman in need.
Dana's Fine Jewelry organized the Newton Cares campaign to recognize a woman, older than 18, who has cancer.
"We want to help a female out in the community who is really in need and going through a rough time with cancer," said Dana Ramseur, owner of Dana's Fine Jewelry.
In organizing the campaign, Ramseur solicited area businesses to donate anything from a gift certificate to dinner, dry cleaning, manicure and pedicure, and jewelry.
"We want to show our support that people do care," Ramseur said.
It's scary how much candy Mary Connor gives to trick-or-treaters every Halloween.
Last year, about 500 people stopped by her home on West D Street in Newton to get their hands on one of Connor's famous candy bags.
"I make good, fat bags," Connor said with a laugh. "The kids love them."
Connor bought 125 bags of candy to prepare for this year's treat bags, and she won't stop at that.
Her bedroom is filled in anticipation of Halloween with piles of candy, from lollipops and candy bars to chewy candy and chocolate.
Good deeds never tasted so good.
Many of the Foothills' leading chefs will gather Nov. 4 to cook up gourmet food for a good cause. The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be held at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover at 6 p.m. to promote the health of babies.
Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Foothills Division director, said proceeds from the event will be used "globally and locally" for research and education to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Anonymous donors gifted an area high school with a technology boost.
Bandys High School received 30 laptop computers, valued at more than $35,000, from anonymous benefactors.
"They asked us to come up with a wish list," said Bandys High School Principal Todd Black. "I thought, 'Wow, I'm almost ashamed to ask for something (that costs) that much.'"
Black said he knew Bandys High was in need of a technology upgrade, so he told the anonymous donors a new classroom set of laptop computers was at the top of the school's wish list.
The father of a missing girl presumed dead was arrested Monday morning on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance.
Zahra Baker's father, Adam Baker, was arrested Monday about 3 a.m. at the Hickory Police Department. Libby Grigg, Hickory Police spokeswoman, said Adam Baker voluntarily submitted for an interview at the police department and was subsequently arrested.
Prior to his arrest, Baker picked up a family member at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to a press release.
Newton resident David LeFevers chalks his creation on the Court Square as 3-year-old Isabella Decoursey admires his handiwork.
"I never compete," said LeFever, who participates in Newton Merchant Group's annual ArtFest "Its for the kids. I am here to try to encourage them."
Some of those "kids" were among competitors in the event. Sixteen-year-olds Nicole Bender and Ricky Sigmon collaborated to create a double-tile chalkwork. Bender said her art teacher, Bunker Hill High's Sharon Bowman encouraged her to participate. The pair's Halloween-themed image won the pair a second place award.
The search of the landfill in Caldwell County for evidence related to the disappearance and possible death of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker came to a conclusion Friday afternoon after three days, and teams scouring the piles of trash did not find the evidence they were seeking.
Hickory Police Department released a statement late Friday indicating that teams completed their search of the Foothills Environmental, Inc. landfill off Cheraw Road in western Caldwell County at 3 p.m., also confirming that they had been looking for a mattress.