A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper charged an investigator in the Zahra Baker case with driving while impaired.
Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was charged Dec. 4 with driving while impaired, failure to report an accident and failure to maintain lane control.
Falowski's name appears on a Hickory Police Department warrant to search Zahra Baker's former residence, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory.
The warrant includes information about how Zahra Baker's stepmother
An area high school teacher was recently named one of the nine best educators in North Carolina.
Fred T. Foard High School math teacher Andy Blevins received the northwest regional teacher of the year award for North Carolina. Blevins will compete with teachers from seven other state regions, as well as a charter school teacher, to receive the North Carolina teacher of the year award.
"I don't really know what to think right now," said Blevins, who has been an educator for 14 years. "I don't think it has sunk in yet."
A fire broke out Wednesday in a Claremont kennel, killing two puppies housed inside.
The 400-square-foot dog kennel was on fire when emergency responders arrived on the scene about 12:40 p.m. at 1143 Cheyenne Oaks Drive in Claremont. Firefighters were unable to save the building, as it was destroyed in the blaze.
The kennel's owners, James and Shirley Hicks, live several yards away from the structure, and they heard their two 9-week-old Labrador puppies barking as flames engulfed the building.
Beulah Lail Killian, 91, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Killian family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Anita Jo Campbell, 45, of Denver, passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Campbell family.
Hazardous winter weather conditions are headed for Catawba County tonight.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a chance of snow before 4 a.m. and then snow and sleet are likely in Thursday's early morning hours. Officials said less than an inch of snow and sleet are expected. Wednesday's low is 26 degrees.
Going into Thursday, there is rain with a possibility of freezing rain expected with a high near 41 into early afternoon. Rain is expected to continue after 2 p.m. and end in the early evening hours.
Now for something completely different â€” well, sort of â€”Â Iâ€™m back in the sports saddle at The O-N-E, and this past week the duty took me to my first-ever swim meet. The experience was certainly educational and entertaining, so much that I want to make sure Wednesday nightâ€™s meet at Lenoir-Rhyne University wonâ€™t be my last.
It has been a long time since Newton-Conover Middle School has lost a wrestling match in Catawba County.
In fact, Tuesdayâ€™s 52-26 win over Maiden Middle School marks the 100th straight victory the young Red Devils have notched.
â€śThis is bigger than any championship we could actually win ... Thatâ€™s 100 consecutive wins over the past eight years,â€ť said Newton-Conover Middle School wrestling coach Ben Crawford. â€śWe have been undefeated countywide. We had to get four wins this season. We ran off three in a row and hit the fourth one here.â€ť
Bandys Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jason Drum wants people to pass by every Bandys station in Catawba County and say, "That's a Bandy's Fire Department."
That dream will soon become a reality with the expansion, renovation and construction of two Bandys fire stations, unifying the department's structure and design and helping the department prepare for the future.
A former Claremont mayor is recovering Tuesday after being struck by a car while walking across the street.
Glenn Morrison was walking across Depot Street near the intersection of Frazier Drive in Claremont to check his mailbox Monday evening when he was struck by an oncoming car, said Claremont Police Department Capt. Gary Bost.
An unknown suspect robbed a thrift store Tuesday in Newton, leaving the store's owner with one clue about his identity: a blue and silver bicycle.
Martha Navarrete, owner of Martha's Bargain Thrift Store on West 20th Street in Newton, noticed something was amiss in her store when she walked into the building Tuesday about 9:45 a.m.
"Everything was in disorder, so I said, 'Something's not normal,'" Navarrete said.
She examined the store more closely and discovered something was wrong: her store was broken into.