February 1st, 2011
The background of Lydia Marlene Stewart's cell phone is a photo of her standing in front of centuries-old pyramids in Egypt.
The photo was snapped during her 16-day tour of the country, which ended just days before political unrest erupted from Egyptians demanding changes in their government.
When Stewart, of Claremont, sees images of the violent protests calling for 30-year ruler Hosni Mubarak to step down, she hurts for the country that she said was a lifelong dream to visit.
It's been almost three months since a Newton couple was robbed of money for a double-lung transplant.
Patty and Ken Arnold are in the early stages of the transplant process at Duke University Medical Center in Durham and are continuing with Ken's procedure â€” with or without the money.
The Arnolds never recovered the $1,100 in cash stolen from them Nov. 6 when a supposed stranded driver asked Patty for a ride. The stranger was in the car momentarily before she jumped out of the back seat, taking Patty's wallet and the money donated to the Arnolds from American Legion Post 48.
The District Attorney's Office won't provide a timeline for a possible indictment in the Zahra Baker case, saying they'll take their time reviewing the massive case file.
Hickory Police Department submitted its case file Monday detailing interviews, documents and other data in the investigation of 10-year-old Zahra's death. Now, the District Attorney's Office is charged with sifting through that information, which amounts to more than 30,000 pages of documents.
Catawba County is thousands of miles away from Tucson, Ariz., where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a Jan. 8 shooting rampage.
But as Giffords recovers, her therapy mimics the therapy received by many Catawba County patients, who struggle every day to recover from once life-threatening conditions.
Giffords is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries at a Houston inpatient rehabilitation center, much like the rehabilitation center at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.
Lois Elizabeth Barger Arrowood, 86, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Arrowood family.
Vernie Smith Weaver, 68, of Conover, died Jan. 28, 2011, at her residence. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home, of Hickory, is serving the Weaver family.
The Catawba Valley Athletic Conference honored 18 female and 15 male swimmers in the area on Monday.
Among those honored were eight swimmers from Newton-Conover and four swimmers from Bandys.
Bandysâ€™ Michaela Beatty was named the girlâ€™s swimmer of the year. Beatty had an impressive year, especially in her two strongest events. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the CVAC championships on Jan. 22.
Beatty finished third in both events at the state level as a sophomore last season.
Brenda Jennings Shook, 56, of Conover, joined her husband, Bobby Shook, and her parents, Earl and Peggy Jennings, in the loving care of Jesus on Jan. 31, 2011. The Shook family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
Herbert Ray Little, 90, of Catawba, passed away Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Brian Center in Viewmont. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Little family.
Conover received a grant valued at more than $400,000 to help the city make improvements to a tract of land near Conover Station.
The Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant will help city officials engineer a stormwater wetland on Conover Station's southern end. Once the wetland is completed, it will become Conover Station Park, which increases the city's park acreage by nearly 50 percent and serves the city's only quadrant not currently benefitting from a park.
Between recreational vehicles parked in yards and outbuildings constructed on residential lots, Newton leaders are planning to tackle property issues when they meet tonight.
One proposed measure continues Newton City Council's debate over an off-street parking ordinance that aims to prohibit campers, boats and other recreational vehicles from being parked in front of Newton homes.
New for consideration is a proposal that spells out new rules for Newton citizens who want to build a carport, garage or other accessory structure on their property.
Two Catawba County residents were jailed in Texas this weekend after police found 30 pounds of drugs in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell, 25, of Hickory, and Terry Alexander Bumgarner, 47, of Newton, were stopped by police Saturday while the pair was traveling along Interstate 20 in Longview, Texas.