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March 7th, 2011

2 indicted for murder

March 7, 2011

Two men were indicted Monday on murder charges at the Catawba County Justice Center.

The Catawba County Grand Jury indicted Michael Joseph Anderson, 19, of Hickory, and Brian Todd Hieb, 43, of Sherrills Ford, on murder charges stemming from two unrelated deaths. The clerk of court's office said Monday that the indictments don't specify whether the murder charge is first or second degree.

Website to create, retain jobs

March 7, 2011

Catawba County received a more than $200,000 grant to increase the visibility of its small, rural manufacturers.

The web-based program will connect small companies with potential clients through the worldwide exposure of the Internet, in the hope of creating and retaining manufacturing jobs in Catawba County.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 7, 2011

Martha Smith Yount, of Blowing Rock, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.  The Yount family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.

John W. Hatchett passed away peacefully in his sleep at Carillon Assisted Living in Newton on March 5, 2011.  Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Hatchett family.

Company leases city warehouse

March 7, 2011

A Claremont warehouse has a new occupant, according to a statement released Monday from a private real estate company.

JER Partners announced that Sutter Street Manufacturing, a division of home-goods manufacturer Williams-Sonoma, will lease the entire warehouse on Kelly Boulevard in Claremont. The company's decision to come to Claremont, however, is a business move the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and the city of Claremont have yet to confirm.

Laurels and darts: Darts to the process, not to the CCS hire

March 7, 2011

DARTS

After the Catawba County Schools Board of Education announced a new superintendent for the county’s largest school system, we fire darts at officials who orchestrated the search.

Riverbend Park closed today

March 7, 2011

Riverbend Park, off N.C. 16 in northern Catawba County, is closed Monday for the safety of the public.
Duke Energy will open flood gates at the Oxford Dam following weekend rains. Conditions are unsafe for patrons at the park when the flood gates open.

March 4th

Red Devils believe anything is possible

March 4, 2011

Believe anything is possible.

That is the new motto for the Newton-Conover Lady Red Devils basketball team heading into Saturday’s Regional championship game against Salisbury.

On Tuesday, Mallard Creek (27-4), a team that Newton-Conover defeated earlier this season, knocked off defending state champion Butler (30-1) in the 4A ranks.

Following that upset victory, Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe texted all of his players with one simple message.

“I texted them that Mallard Creek had beaten Butler,” Tharpe said. “All you have to do is believe.”

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 4, 2011

Wilma Mae Beaty, 77, of Maiden, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, at United Church of Christ in Maiden.

Murders 'not typical' in county

March 4, 2011

Several high-profile murder cases in past months aren't indicative of an increase in the county's overall crime rate, according to Catawba County's sheriff.

The county received state, national and international media attention in recent months after murders like the Zahra Baker case, the Wheeler family murder-suicide and the death and mutilation of Stephen Starr.

The sheriff's department reported three murders in 2010 in its jurisdiction, which is the same number of murders the department has responded to already this year.

Sergeant charged

March 4, 2011

A prison sergeant is charged with sexual activity with a female inmate.

Thomas Edward Pearson, 58, of Morganton, was arrested and charged with sexual activity by a custodian after allegations that he made sexual contact with a female inmate in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility.

Pearson worked in the facility as a sergeant on the night shift.

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