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February 7th, 2011
When will charges be filed in the death of Zahra Baker? Thatâ€™s the question that has been asked since the 10-year-old girlâ€™s death was confirmed in mid-November and one that continues to be posed now, four months after she was first reported missing.
The decision to pursue charges is up to 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither. The DAâ€™s Office received the prosecution summary from Hickory Police Department in December, and the case file was turned over to Gaitherâ€™s office Jan. 26.
A 14-year-old Mill Creek Middle School student and her parents are dead in what police think is a murder-suicide.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said deputies responded to 4785 Grassy Creek Road in Denver to find the bodies of Rick Wheeler, Angela Wheeler and their daughter Samantha inside the house.
Reid said it appears Rick shot Angela and Samantha, then shot himself. Deputies responded to the house after receiving a 9-1-1 hang-up call.
A vigil is planned for 7-8 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford.
When Gourd Lady Margaret Sparkman saw a man pull out his checkbook and start writing a check in her honor, she was thrilled.
She saw him start to write "2," and she thought he was going to donate $25.
That "2" was followed, not by the number five, but by four zeros. The mystery man gave Sparkman, 94, a $20,000 gift to help fund the community center in Conover named in Sparkman's honor.
One wall of a Newton home was damaged Thursday night from an overheated outlet.
Newton firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 2255 Chatham St. on Thursday at 5:52 p.m.
Thirteen men from Newton Fire Department arrived on the scene to find no signs of fire coming from the inside of the house. They discovered an overheated outlet on the second level of the two-story structure, said Newton Fire Marshal Dale Coffey. It's unknown if the fire was in a bedroom.
These days, graduating high school, college or technical school is only half the battle.
Students in Catawba County schools must work harder than ever to give them an edge over the millions of other newly graduated students and displaced workers trying to enter the workforce.
A Hickory man is in custody and facing drug charges after he led narcotics officers on a vehicle chase late Thursday.
Officers received a tip from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office about a possible drug transaction involving Joshua Nathaniel Jones, 22, of Hickory. Narcotics officers from Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office located Jones at the Petro Express on U.S. 70 East in Conover, where he was allegedly participating in selling cocaine, according to a press release from Newton Police Department.
More high school students are turning to part-time jobs to make money, and for many of those students, a job in the food service industry is an easy way to gain employment.
Catawba County schools offer ServSafe food safety classes for students who have or hope to have a job in food service.
Not every student is meant to attend college, and CTE classes help those students find the right career niche for them.
"Not every career requires a four-year education," said Karen Cale, Catawba County Schools Career and Technical Education director.
Two Catawba County residents are out of a Texas jail after being arrested for possessing more than $1 million in drugs.
Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell, 25, of Hickory, and Terry Alexander Bumgarner, 47, of Newton, were released from Gregg County jail Tuesday in Longview, Texas, on $300,000 bonds each.
A Texas Department of Public Safety officer allegedly found 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine secured in a false compartment in McDowell and Bumgarner's vehicle after a routine traffic stop Jan. 29.
The street value of the drugs was estimated at $1.3 million.
A taste of fine dining has returned to Conover.
Yet, while interior decor inside the new Conover Tavern has turned from Southwestern "wild" to tasteful elegance, the atmosphere in the downtown restaurant is still relaxed.
"We are trying to offer something to Conover that is new, offer something that will keep people from going all the way to Hickory for a nice night out," said Conover Tavern owner Patty Watts. "We want to create something that people can enjoy here in downtown Conover."
Catawba County emergency responders are in the early stages of implementing more than 350 new radios purchased through grant funding.
The 800 megahertz radios' technology capabilities allow firefighters, rescue squads and police departments to communicate on the same frequencies, helping responders to react more effectively and efficiently during emergencies.