January 3rd, 2011
Nine residents were selected Monday who could potentially determine the outcome of an investigation into the death and disappearance of Zahra Baker.
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin presided over the selection Monday of new members of the Catawba County Grand Jury. It's these people who determine if there's reasonable cause to charge someone in connection with Zahra's death.
The man accused of killing a woman with his vehicle and leaving the scene of the crash was in court Monday.
Jonathan Caleb Burke, 31, of Newton, appeared in Catawba County District Court on charges of injury to real property and a motions violation.
Burke is charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving to endanger after he allegedly struck and killed Tamara Wallis, of Newton, as she stood outside her home on N.C. 16 in September 2008.
Jaime Perez, 47, of Hickory, died Jan. 1, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Nonie Sarah Edwards Beatty, 102, of Newton, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A service of remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Sherrills Ford Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Ted Grant and the Rev. Jamie Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Residents have a couple more days to pay their taxes without having interest added to their bills for delinquent payments.
The deadline for residents' tax payments is Wednesday.
Catawba County tax administrator Mark Logan said more people paid their tax bills as the year ended, and the county continues to collect payments.
Tax collection increased more than 2 percent this year in comparison to last year.
Logan said, as of Dec. 31, about 70 percent of tax money owed to the county was collected, which increased from about 67 percent collected during 2009.
December 30th, 2010
After three straight trips to the finals of the Catawba Valley Classic and two runner-up finishes, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team broke the barrier on the fourth try.
Newton-Conover jumped out to a 16-4 lead against Fred T. Foard and never looked back. The Lady Red Devils earned their third Catawba Valley Classic tournament title with a win over the Lady Tigers.
"This shows our growth as a team," said N-C's Shynese Whitener. "We have been playing together for a couple of years now. We have been working on this for a good while now."
Two is always better than one.
Such was the case Thursday night when No. 2 Hickory Red Tornadoes topped No. 1 St. Stephens Indians, 61-43, at Catawba Valley Community College. The win gave Hickory its fourth straight Catawba Valley Classic tournament title.
"We got a group of guys that really just like being around one another, and they play well together," said Hickory head coach Shawn Johnson. "We were lucky to make a run earlyÂ on such a great basketball team as St. Stephens."
As you celebrate the start of 2011, think of The O-N-E.
Send in your favorite pictures from your New Year celebrations. We want to see how Catawba County rings in a new year.
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Gary Dale Beatty, 34, of Newton, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at his residence. A funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
Glinda Kay Pate, 62, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Pate family.
The holiday season is often a time of excess.
When the holidays are over, many people vow to rid themselves of those extra things, whether its clothing, unwanted gifts or out-of-date electronics.
The impending new year is one of the busiest times for Goodwill Industries, which sees donations increase across the state as residents adopt an "out with the old, in with the new" mentality.
The Goodwill on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory received more than 150 donations Wednesday, which is twice the amount of donations the store receives on average.
Newton business owners could receive grant funds for doing the one thing everyone hopes for these days â€” creating jobs in the community.
Newton officials recently announced the city is eligible to apply for a Main Street Solutions grant, which can provide business and commercial property owners in the city up to $200,000 for job creation.
"For Newton and the whole state, job creation is probably the No. 1 priority," said Rob Powell, Newton commercial development coordinator.