February 4th, 2011
Two Catawba County residents are out of a Texas jail after being arrested for possessing more than $1 million in drugs.
Chelsea Elizabeth McDowell, 25, of Hickory, and Terry Alexander Bumgarner, 47, of Newton, were released from Gregg County jail Tuesday in Longview, Texas, on $300,000 bonds each.
A Texas Department of Public Safety officer allegedly found 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine secured in a false compartment in McDowell and Bumgarner's vehicle after a routine traffic stop Jan. 29.
The street value of the drugs was estimated at $1.3 million.
On Nov. 1, 2010, the Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved changes to the school systemâs policy for non-faculty coaches. That approval came after school system leaders began discussing changes to CCS Board of Education Policy 7.3500 in late June 2010.
I got out of bed Tuesday morning and could barely move. My neck was stiff and my legs didnât want to move without a little pinch in my nerves. I walked in somewhat of a hunch as I tried to make my way to the shower. Why was I in so much pain? Three words: Step moves class.
Monday night, I decided to try something different at The Perfect Workout. I got off work in time to make it to the gymâs weekly step moves class, so I thought Iâd give it a shot. It was something different for me. The only class Iâve tried was Zumba, which Iâve grown to enjoy.
One morning last week, I awoke to a very unsettling sound.
No, it wasnât the jarring sound of an alarm clock. It was the harsh peal of thunder.
After hearing the thunderstorm move across Hickory, my thoughts immediately went to one thing: snow.
Itâs part of an old wivesâ tale my grandmother always talked about. She said that any time it thunders during winter months, the area will have snow within 7-10 days.
The surprising thing is that most of the time, it happens.
As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, a longtime resident in Catawba County is remembered.
Ron Kuchenbecker, who passed away on Sept. 24, 2009, was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan that lived in Newton. His team will face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.
âWe miss âKuchâ,â said former N-C athletic director Don Patrick. âHe was a big fan for the Red Devils, but he was the epitome of a Green Bay Packer fan.â
A taste of fine dining has returned to Conover.
Yet, while interior decor inside the new Conover Tavern has turned from Southwestern "wild" to tasteful elegance, the atmosphere in the downtown restaurant is still relaxed.
"We are trying to offer something to Conover that is new, offer something that will keep people from going all the way to Hickory for a nice night out," said Conover Tavern owner Patty Watts. "We want to create something that people can enjoy here in downtown Conover."
Ruby Love Burcham Clark, 93, of Abernethy Laurels Retirement Center in Newton, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, surrounded by her family. The Clark family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Boyce “Buddy” Lee Frye Sr., 54, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Catawba County emergency responders are in the early stages of implementing more than 350 new radios purchased through grant funding.
The 800 megahertz radios' technology capabilities allow firefighters, rescue squads and police departments to communicate on the same frequencies, helping responders to react more effectively and efficiently during emergencies.
HICKORY (AP) â Elisa Baker had an uncanny ability to stay ahead of bill collectors, police, social workers and her multiple husbands, The Associated Press discovered in an investigation of the woman who led authorities to the dismembered remains of her disabled, 10-year-old stepdaughter.
Few saw her pattern because when she abandoned a relationship, she usually severed all ties. In seven years, she had no fewer than 42 different addresses. During a different three-year stretch, she was married to three men at the same time.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) â The stepmother of the North Carolina girl whose dismembered remains were found in the western part of the state was married seven times, and she was wed to more than one man on several occasions, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Elisa Baker was indicted last month on a bigamy charge involving her marriage to Zahra Baker's father, Adam, and another man, but AP found documents at half a dozen county courthouses that showed at one point she was married to three men at the same time, calling into question the single charge.