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December 8th

Your heart is in good hands

December 8, 2010

In 102 minutes, Carl Cline's life changed forever.

Cline, 67, of Newton, experienced a life-threatening heart attack. If it was not for his emergency phone call, he might not have survived.

When Cline started to feel pain, he called 9-1-1 and an ambulance was at his house in 2.5 minutes.

"It was like clock work," Cline said, of the EMS responders who assisted his medical condition. "I had (the heart attack) at the 87th minute."

December 7th

Foard's football coach resigns

December 8, 2010

For the past eight seasons, win or lose, Fred T. Foard head football coach Ryan Gettys has always found joy in at least one aspect of his job.
“Just being with the guys — that’s what I enjoy most,” he said. “The players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.”
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, he’d rather be teaching.
“Practice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,” he said.

Foard hits the road to score win

December 7, 2010

For the first time this season Fred T. Foard's Lady Tigers took their basketball show on the road.
"I was a little worried," said Foard coach Wendy Price. "It was our first away game. There's cold weather, we’re in a new place we're not used to shooting in."
Relying on defense, the Tigers were able to ease their coach's fears and cruise to a 63-30 victory over Bunker Hill. The win improves Foard to 4-0.
"I told them they have to play great defense," Price said. "You can always depend on your defense."

DA: Murder charges still possible

December 7, 2010

Capital murder charges remain a possibility for the Hickory woman jailed on charges she interfered with the investigation into her stepdaughter's death.

The District Attorney's Office released a statement Tuesday about the case after several media outlets reported this weekend that Elisa Baker made a deal with prosecutors to receive life imprisonment, instead of the death penalty, in exchange for reliable information leading to the recovery of 10-year-old Zahra Baker's body.

Those reports, according to the District Attorney's Office, are false.

Justice Center expansion advances

December 7, 2010

The county is another step closer to having a new and improved Justice Center in Newton.

County commissioners approved design plans Monday for the structure and allowed planners to proceed with the project's schematic design.

Commissioners decided to move forward with four design concepts for the Justice Center, including combining two projects into one, choosing a two-wing building design instead of a front expansion, adding shelled space for future expansion and a parking deck and submitting a master plan of the project to the city of Newton.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 7, 2010

Robert Calvin Rosenbalm Sr., 75, of Conover, passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Robert Calvin Rosenbalm Sr.

Alda Blandena (Dean) Williams, 84, of Maiden, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Williams family.  

Law bans most license plate frames

December 7, 2010

North Carolina drivers' college-themed or other decorative license plate frames could cost them $100 in fines.

A North Carolina law banning license plate frames took effect a year ago, but starting Dec. 1, violators can be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor for obstructing their license plate.

December 6th

Guilty plea gets life sentences

December 6, 2010

A Charlotte man pleaded guilty to murdering a Conover couple.
Frederick Sylvester Hedgepeth, 25, pleaded guilty to the murder of Jerry Bullin, 72, and his wife, Joanne, 70, on Monday. He was sentenced to two life sentences for the murders.
Earlier this year, Hedgepeth was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon involving the couple's deaths.
According to officials, the Bullins drove from their Conover home to Salisbury on June 2 to show Hedgepeth a 2009 Honda Accord that he wanted to purchase from the couple.

Reid starts as sheriff

December 6, 2010

Catawba County's new sheriff took his oath of office Monday, surrounded by family, friends and members of the law enforcement community.
Coy Reid officially became sheriff Monday at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, as former Sheriff David Huffman watched from the audience.
"It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time now," Reid said of his bid for sheriff. "It's a goal that I had, and I accomplished it. Now I just want to accomplish it the right way and do the right thing for the people."

Elected officials sworn in

December 6, 2010

Several elected officials took oaths of office Monday as they officially embarked on their new leadership roles.
Elected county commissioners and a soil and water conservation district supervisor were sworn into office at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.

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