November 9th, 2010
The Rev. Jack Monroe Benfield, 73, pastor emeritus at Garner United Methodist Church, died Monday at Rex Hospital.Condolences may be made to bryan-leefuneralhome.com.
Susan Monroe Drum, 57, of Catawba, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. The Drum family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover.
A portion of westbound Interstate 40 was closed Tuesday following a traffic accident.
Catawba County Emergency Services announced the closure of I-40 exit 130 at 6 p.m. after a crash injured four people.
Emergency workers said the injuries didn't appear to be serious, and all accident victims were free from the vehicle.
Hickory Police resumed its search Tuesday in the month-old case of a missing child.
Search crews scoured an undisclosed area Tuesday for additional clues in the disappearance and presumed death of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, who was reported missing Oct. 9 from her Hickory home.
HPD Maj. Clyde Deal wouldn't disclose the area where crews continued their investigation, saying he would release the location after the search concluded. Deal also declined to say what investigators are looking for.
Catawba County residents can honor veterans and their families this week with several services scheduled throughout the county.
Claremont will honor county veterans Thursday at 11 a.m. in City Park. This is the city's second annual ceremony in remembrance of veterans from all wars.
"We just want to ensure we have a commitment to honor the city's veterans -- past, present and future," said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.
Jack Gantt knew it would take only one date before he wanted to marry Pat Gantt.
The pair waited a little longer than one date before they exchanged vows, but Jack married Pat on April 16, 1961.
Jack, now 81, was 32 years old when he married Pat, and he was already a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an airman for two years then became a commissioned navigator through the Aviation Cadet program. He flew on a B-26 plane in Korea and Japan before leaving active duty in 1956 to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
When Henry Revels returned from Korea in 1952, he had $26 and a medical card detailing his shoulder injury in the war.
That medical card, crucial for Revels' future medical treatment, disappeared shortly after he returned home. Last month, the card resurfaced after missing for more than 50 years, giving 79-year-old Revels a chance at the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
A medic filled out Revel's injury card on a Korean battlefield in 1952 after Revels was struck by a 55-gallon drum of fuel oil during enemy fire. The blow tore Revels' rotator cuff. He was 18 years old.
Maiden ended the past two seasons with six wins and six losses. That changed this season along with the roles of running back Nate Johnson and quarterback Matt Johnson.
The Blue Devils, seeded sixth in the 2-A West, are 8-3 and play Friday at No. 3 Polk County (10-1). Their three losses this season came against Newton-Conover and South Iredell â€” the top two teams in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference â€” and Lincolnton. The Wolves are the top seed in the 2-A West after finishing the season 11-0.
Adam Baker called 9-1-1 one month ago to report his daughter, Zahra Baker, missing.
Four weeks later, police continue searching for information about the 10-year-old cancer survivor who is presumed dead.
Investigators didn't search areas of Catawba or Caldwell counties on Monday, but that doesn't mean the case is cold.
"We're following up on some other leads in the investigation," said Hickory Police spokeswoman Libby Grigg.
A Hickory man accused of murder had his case continued Monday in court.
Orlando Murry Gibbs Williams, 27, of Hickory, is charged with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a man Friday.
Williams had his first appearance Monday in Catawba County District Court at the Justice Center in Newton, where his case was continued to a later date.
Williams will receive a court-appointed lawyer to represent him during the case.
Catawba County's latest employment statistics paint a more positive picture for those hoping for a job in the area.
The number of employed workers in Catawba County increased by about 1,000 since the start of the year, according to statistics from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. In January, 63,046 people were employed in the county, and that number increased in September to 64,026.
"Very slowly, Catawba County is moving in the right direction," said Larry Parker, acting PIO director for the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.