February 21st, 2011
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back.
Bandys advanced to the district round of the NCHSAA playoffs with an impressive win over Smoky Mountain on Monday.
The win was the first since the Lady Trojans won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference tournament last week.
Bandys coach Beth Queen thought one of the keys to the game was Bandys' experience against Smoky Mountain's inexperience.
Newton-Conover bounced back from a loss to Bandys last week in the CVAC tournament and took their frustrations out on Starmount.
The Lady Red Devils (22-3) overcame a 9-2 deficit early in game and exploded in the second quarter on their way to a huge first round playoff win over the Lady Rams.
Newton-Conover coach Jonathan Tharpe expected nothing less of his team despite the difficult loss on Friday.
Undetermined homicidal violence killed the 10-year-old disabled girl from Hickory who used hearing aids and wore a prosthetic leg to walk.
A recently released autopsy performed Nov. 12 at Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill revealed Zahra Baker died from unknown violent injuries before her body was dismembered by at least two different cutting instruments.
Caiden Edward Higgs, infant, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem. A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in the Garden of Angels section of Startown/Jenkins Cemetery.
Ida Catherine Nowak, 79, of Hickory, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. No services are planned at this time.
Editor's note: For complete details from this story, including reporting on autopsy reports and a timeline of events for investigations conducted by departments of social services in Caldwell and Catawba counties, be sure to see the Tuesday print edition of The Observer News Enterprise.
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) â€” More than four months after a 10-year-old disabled girl disappeared, her jailed stepmother was charged with murdering her with the indictment coming the same day authorities revealed that they haven't been able to find the dismembered girl's head.
The first round playoff pairings for Monday's games were released on Saturday.
Among those teams hosting home games are two girls' basketball teams, including CVAC regular season champion Newton-Conover and CVAC tournament champion Bandys.
The Lady Red Devils (21-3) will try to rebound from a tough loss to the Trojans in the conference tournament championship game on Friday. They host Starmount (10-12), the No. 3 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference.
It took the Trojans three times, but they finally got the monkey off of their back.
Tara Potter scored 15 points, including 11 in the second half, and fellow senior Katie Carpenter came up with some crucial second half plays, as Bandys overcame a four-point halftime deficit to win the CVAC tournament over Newton-Conover.
Walter Ellis knows a lot about black history.
That's not because he studied it in school or perused endless history textbooks.
It's because he lived black history.
Ellis, 88, is a lifelong resident of Catawba County. He's seen the area go through many changes during his lifetime, and he celebrates Black History Month as a way to commemorate those changes and look forward to a future where people have the same opportunities â€” regardless of the color of their skin.
Catawba County wants the world to know it can "start something here."
During Catawba County Chamber of Commerce's annual membership meeting Thursday, business leaders, government officials and educational representatives were introduced to Catawba County's web portal â€” a website linked to all chamber members.
Startsomethinghere.com was unveiled Thursday at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center event after two years of brainstorming and planning.
What kind of impression does Newton leave on residents and visitors as they enter the city?
According to one city council member, nothing too positive.
"Coming down N.C. 16 from Conover, the first thing you see is a house on that corner that looks terrible," Council Mary Bess Lawing said of a residence where used and abandoned child toys and refuse fill the property. "People coming through town, wherever they are coming from, they come in and see dilapidated property or property that needs tender, loving care, and they think, 'What kind of city is this?'"