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February 23rd, 2011

Head-on crash sends 4 to hospital

February 23, 2011

Four people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after two vehicles collided head-on.

Shelly Lynn Rodgers, 36, of Sherrills Ford, was traveling near the 5700 block of East Bandys Crossroad about 1:20 p.m. when her Dodge Caravan crossed the center line. She collided head-on with a SUV traveling in the opposite direction, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Trooper R.G. Griffin said the Buick Enclave SUV was driven by Deanna McGuire, 40, of Catawba. McGuire's 62-year-old mother-in-law, Elizabeth Gregory, also of Catawba, was sitting in the passenger seat.

Group promotes learning

February 23, 2011

Area teachers know how important it is for children to have the supplies they need to excel in school.

Those educators are coming together to ensure children have those supplies, regardless of students' financial situation.

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators in Catawba County, collect school supplies, book bags and books to donate to every school in the county.

Zahra's accused killer arraigned - or was she?

February 23, 2011

First the woman accused of murdering 10-year-old Zahra Baker was arraigned, and then she wasn't.

At 1:47 p.m. on Wednesday, District Attorney Jay Gaither's office widely distributed a press release reporting that Elisa Baker appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin during a court proceeding on Tuesday. According to that release she was "arraigned" and received Scott Reilly as court-appointed counsel.

In an arraignment hearing, a defendant typically enters a plea to the charges they are facing.

On the news beat: What defines justice for Zahra?

February 23, 2011

Zahra Baker.
I’ve probably typed her name hundreds of times in the past five months.
Monday was another one of those days when I typed Zahra’s name over and over again as I learned more about what happened to the freckle-faced cancer survivor. The more I type Zahra’s name, the more I hope to see swift, firm justice delivered in the case.

From the publisher: Expect the unexpected at city hall

February 23, 2011

With only a handful of exceptions during the past decade, I have spent at least a couple of evenings every month attending regular and special meetings of some elected government body or another. Some months, particularly when I was a fledgling cub reporter covering anything and everything that came my way, I toted a notepad and pen into a couple of meetings every week.

Laurels to a positive Kiwanis project to remember Zahra

February 23, 2011

LAURELS
Laurels to four Kiwanis Clubs in Catawba County and the city of Hickory, which are partnering to create a special playground to honor the life of Zahra Baker.
The project aims to create a play space suitable for children with disabilities, who are like the 10-year-child who used a prosthetic leg and hearing aides until she died and was dismembered in 2010.

February 22nd

United front: Bears, Indians prepare for this week’s NCHSAA State Wrestling Tournament

February 22, 2011

By Cody Dalton
O-N-E Sports Editor
Individual wrestlers from all around the Catawba County area are preparing for this week’s NCHSAA state wrestling tournament and many are working together.

On Tuesday, the state qualified wrestlers from St. Stephens and Bunker Hill spent time together in practice trying to prepare one another for the competition they will face.

Indians coach Billy Baker likes the idea of changing up the daily routine to help his wrestlers not become used to their familiar surroundings.

Postal workers: Don't close facility

February 22, 2011

United States postal workers take an oath to provide mail service to the country's citizens. But area members of the American Postal Workers Union feel that oath to provide superior customer service could be comprised if the U.S. Postal Service Hickory distribution facility in Conover is closed.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 22, 2011

Betty Jean Poteat Smith, 79, of Hildebran, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, after a period of declining health.  Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Betty Jean Poteat Smith.

Victim catches thieves in action

February 22, 2011

A quick-thinking dirt bike owner didn't let himself become a victim of a crime Monday when he found his stolen motor bike, chained it to a tree and waited for the thieves to return.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies responded to the 4700 block of Burton Lane in Denver after the dirt bike owner, Lance Markevitch, called 9-1-1 to report that he and his neighbors apprehended two suspects who allegedly stole the man's dirt bike Sunday and hid it near the man's home.

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