November 22nd, 2010
It has been more than one week since police confirmed they located the remains of Zahra Baker, and police continue to gather information about what happened to Zahra in her final days.
Hickory Police Department Maj. Clyde Deal said police follow up on any information that could give them a clear picture of Zahra's death.
"Obviously, anything we come across that could be of interest to the case we will collect," Deal said.
HPD investigators conducted interviews Monday in the case, but Deal declined to say who was interviewed or what those interviews involved.
Two people died since Friday in two different crashes on N.C. 127.
The latest crash occurred Monday half a mile north of Cloninger Mill Road in Hickory.
Danny Lynn Barnette, 57, of Granite Falls, was traveling north on N.C. 127 about 11 a.m. when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Swagger.
If you ask Terry Holmes, he'll tell you God has a plan for everything.
Holmes, 53, of Newton, had his share of difficulties in life -- involved with drugs at age 20 and in prison during his 40s.
Now clean and sober for 13 years, Holmes makes it his mission to show others how he cleaned up his life by cleaning up area schools.
He worked as a custodian at Hickory High School and Newton-Conover middle and high school since his release from prison on misdemeanor charges.
Mary “Virginia” Shipley Waldroup, 68, passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Mary “Virginia” Shipley Waldroup.
Gregory Wallace Bridges Jr., 72, of Taylorsville, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at his residence. The Bridges family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Carlene Mull Pitts, 90, passed away Firday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Lutheran Home East.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” It took one play for mystery man Brian St. Pierre to get the downtrodden Carolina Panthers in position for an upset.
Baltimore's stars, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, responded with two big milestone plays to spoil St. Pierre's potential storybook day and put the Ravens in great shape in the AFC North.
Reed and Lewis each had interceptions that turned into touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and a TD, and the Ravens overcame St. Pierre's 88-yard touchdown pass to beat the stubborn Panthers 37-13 on Sunday.
In his 2010 NFL debut, Panthers quarterback Brian St. Pierre tossed an 88-yard touchdown pass to bring his team within a touchdown of tying Baltimore.
Then, the Ravens collected two of his passes, returned them for touchdowns, and gave the Panthers the worst record in the NFL. With Sunday's 37-13 loss, the Panthers fall to 1-9, while Buffalo's 49-31 win over Cincinnati improved the Bills to 2-8.
Appalachian State ends the regular season with its toughest match in recent history. The Mountaineers travel to Gainesville, Fla., this week for a regular-season finale against the Florida Gators.
The Gators (6-4) need to beat the Mountaineers (9-1) to avoid their fourth-straight home loss. Florida has lost four of its last six games.
"Make no mistake about it, the team we're playing isn't some clown show," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "This is a real one."
Eight shots from an assault rifle were fired Thursday into an occupied home.
An unknown suspect fired the shots about 9:15 p.m. into a mobile home in the 4100 block of River Road, which is just outside Hickory city limits.
A man and his wife, who live in the residence, were at home when the incident occurred, according to Catawba County Sheriff's Office Lt. Joel Fish. No one was injured.
The bullets' entry into the residence damaged about $1,400 of property, including chairs, a metal wood stove, a TV, a wooden entertainment center and the residence's interior and exterior walls.
The average property value in Catawba County went up about 2 percent for the current revaluation, but that doesn't mean the values are final.
The appeals process for property values is under way after the 2010 property values were mailed Nov. 15 to residents.
"We allow taxpayers to make an appointment and sit down with our appraisal staff to discuss the revaluation," said Catawba County Tax Administrator Mark Logan.
Thanks to a $124,000 grant Newton will purchase a fire-simulation trailer that will help train the city's fire department to safely fight structure fires.
"In order for our firefighters to become state-certified, they have to participate in a live, controlled burn setting," Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said, adding that a fire trailer provides just such a live fire situation. "Live fire evolutions are the most important training we provide for our firefighters. You don't realize how well a firefighter is going to perform until they face a live fire."