February 28th, 2011
The Bunker Hill baseball team is looking to build on the momentum of last season.
The Bears were 29-1 last year and won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. They won 29 straight games before losing in the third round of the playoffs.
Marty Curtis returns for his 28th season as Bunker Hill baseball coach and 39th season of coaching overall. He says that last season was his best ever at the helm of a team and credits that with a unique grouping.
Twenty-four applications and five months later, Catawba County Schools Board of Education named its interim superintendent as its new leader for the next three years.
During a Monday meeting, board members voted 6-1 to hire Glenn Barger as the full-time superintendent until 2014. Board member Sherry Butler cast the dissenting vote.
A Lincoln County woman faces drug charges Monday after multiple law enforcement agencies busted a marijuana-growing operation in her home.
Narcotics officers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Newton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office arrested Pamela Jean Lingerfelt, 48, at her home Friday. They discovered 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine, $1,900 in cash, several items of drug paraphernalia and 22 grams of marijuana in a hidden growing operation in an outbuilding on the property.
The residence that was once the crime of a grisly mutilation was broken into Saturday.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Monday the reported break-in and larceny at 5209 Ruth Drive in Hickory is unrelated to the alleged murder and mutilation of Stephen Starr that occurred at the residence Feb. 14.
Additional indictments have been filed against the stepmother of Zahra Baker, this time on unrelated charges in Caldwell County.
A Caldwell County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment for Elisa Annette Baker, 42, on one count of financial identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. Court records show that on or about April 3, 2010, Elisa â€śunlawfully, willfully and feloniouslyâ€ť did obtain electric utility service from Duke Energy for the familyâ€™s Hudson home while using someone elseâ€™s name without permission.
Severe weather swept through Catawba County on Monday afternoon, leaving downed power lines and toppled trees in the storm's wake.
Catawba County's emergency communications center was swapped with calls for service as residents reported power lines in the roadways, fallen trees on houses and even funnel-like clouds in the area.
Catawba County is no longer under a National Weater Service-issued torndao watch, which was canceled for the area about 6:15 p.m.
Postal workers continued their quest to prevent job loss and maintain service levels Monday during a peaceful protest and demonstration.
Employees and their supporters gathered at the post office in downtown Hickory on Monday to distribute flyers, display signs and circulate a petition protesting the consolidation of a 200-worker mail processing facility. The facility serves the Hickory Metro and is located in Conover.
Marilene Parker Ledford, 71, of Conover, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. The Ledford family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Willie Eugene Smith, 86, of Catawba, passed away Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Hospice of Catawba County. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Smith family.
A 4-month old baby was transported to the hospital Friday after an alleged intoxicated driver lost control of her vehicle in Conover.
The crash occurred at 6:37 p.m. as Brittney Lyfae McCleave, 20, of Hickory was traveling east on Fourth Street southwest toward Trillium Court. Also in the vehicle were Danta Broome, 25, of Hickory, and Danta Broome Jr., 4 months.
Everyone in the vehicle was listed as living at the same residence, but Conover Police didn't immediately know what the relationship was among the passengers.
Catawba County is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service issued the watch at 1:30 p.m. Monday. In addition, the county is also on a look out for hazardous weather as severe thunderstorms and strong wind is expected to arrive in the afternoon.