April 20th, 2011
HICKORY â€” The father of a murdered 10-year-old cancer survivor is no longer in federal custody but has to wear an ankle monitor to check his whereabouts.
Australian native Adam Baker is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. He posted $10,000 bond but was turned over to federal immigration officials who have prohibited him from leaving the country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Temple Black said Wednesday that Baker was not in custody, but declined to elaborate.
Oliver Morris Kaylor, 84, of Conover, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Kaylor family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.
Althea June “Mamaw Tincy” Williamson Frye, 71, of Maiden, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Frye family.
CVCC kicked off its first annual Day of International Understanding event Tuesday to celebrate community diversity.
The Day of International Understanding was a two-part event held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Complex coordinated by the Multicultural Affairs Office. The event was open to the public and admission was free. The event started with the national anthem and then participants introduced themselves in their native languages.
Thieves who robbed the Humane Society of Catawba County on Monday night didn't just steal from the non-profit agency.
They stole from the animals it works to protect.
"It is quite heart-breaking that someone would break in and steal," said Juli Reed with HSCC. "It is heart-breaking that somebody would take advantage of us and the animals."
When Humane Society staff members arrived at the facility on 20th Avenue Southeast on Tuesday morning, they immediately saw signs of a break-in.
Three singles and six doubles players from county teams are guaranteed a spot at Regionals after Mondayâ€™s opening round of the CVAC tournament.
Among the county teams to have players advancing to Regionals were Maiden and Newton-Conover.
The Red Devils, who are beginning their quest for a second straight state championship in 2A, had John Reid qualify individually for the second year in a row.
Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe, as well as Austin Adams and John Tate, qualified for regions in doubles.
Catawba County has fired about 1 percent of its workforce in the past six months.
Fourteen of the county's 1,100 workers received involuntary terminations of their positions for reasons ranging from unacceptable personal conduct to the employee's service no longer being needed.
"You're looking at a very small percentage (of employees)," said Cynthia Eades, Catawba County's Human Resources director. "Ninety-nine percent of the employees are doing exactly what they're supposed to."
Saturday started with pouring rain, but by afternoon, the only thing pouring in Hickory was hundreds of gallons of craft brews under clear blue skies.
Union Square played host to the ninth annual Hickory Hops Brew Festival and was brimming with beer enthusiasts who lined up to fill their cups long before the 1 p.m. start.
Jennifer Tuttle has a unique job. She helps heal wounds and broken hearts while enjoying time on playgrounds and coaching Girls on the Run. Tuttle is a school nurse.
"I get to be a mother, a playmate and a mentor," Tuttle said. "It's the most well-rounded job in nursing."
Tuttle, 41, has been employed as a school nurse for five years and currently cares for students and staff at South Newton and Thornton elementary schools. On Feb. 23, Tuttle's career became more rewarding as she passed the four-hour exam to become a national certified school nurse.
RALEIGH â€” Officials say at least 800 homes in North Carolina were destroyed or damaged by the vicious storm system that killed at least 21 people in the state.
North Carolina public safety spokeswoman Julia Jarema said Monday morning that storms destroyed about 130 homes while damaging another 700. The numbers are preliminary, and teams are to spend much of this week assessing damage across the eastern half of the state. Jarema says officials do not have any dollar estimates on the cost of the damage.
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will return for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.
Barnes was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, averaging nearly 16 points. The 6-foot-8 forward was widely regarded as the nation's top freshman entering the season and helped the Tar Heels win 29 games and the ACC regular-season championship and get within a game of the Final Four.
The Tar Heels will return all five starters and their top seven scorers from last season, making them a favorite to enter the year ranked No. 1.