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October 12th, 2010

2 county ambulances damaged in wrecks

October 12, 2010

Two Catawba County ambulances were involved in accidents Monday, with one being recorded as fatal.
Nathan Turner, 54, of Claremont, was driving an ambulance occupied with another paramedic and a patient from an Alexander County nursing home to a hospital in Catawba County. As Turner approached the Alexander and Catawba county line, a 2003 Ford Escape crossed the center line and hit the ambulance head on about 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Patrick Salmons, 67, of Taylorsville, was driving the SUV and died at the scene.

Maiden, Bandys vs. cancer

October 12, 2010

On the football field Friday, Maiden High School and Bandys High School will battle it out for a victory.
But as the clock winds down the game's final moments, both teams will emerge victorious against a common opponent: cancer.
The rival schools joined forces to help Bandys assistant football coach Chris "Chopper" Fulbright, 38, who is recovering from kidney cancer.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 12, 2010

Eric Daniel Christopher, 40 of Catawba, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Bet Pays Off At Bunker

October 12, 2010

It started the first week of practice as a simple bet. It was just a coach trying to motivate his team to perform, and it worked. Bunker Hill tennis coach Doug Watters shortly after practice opened in summer made an offer the girls did not refuse.

The 2009 Bears finished the season 0-14 in conference play after losing six seniors to graduation the year before. And Watters wanted to entice his players to achieve more than that.

Search turns toward homicide query

October 12, 2010

Police canceled the Amber Alert issued for a missing Hickory girl and will instead investigate the case as a homicide.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Tuesday that police will continue the case to locate 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker as a murder investigation.
Adkins fought back tears Tuesday as he briefed local and national media during a late-morning press conference about the investigation.

Police probe missing girl's past

October 12, 2010

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins will update the community on the disappearance of Zahra Baker during a press briefing at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Ahead of that meeting HPD announced that "investigators are working several leads, specifically addressing Zahra’s life before she disappeared."

Missing girl had 'terrible' home life

October 12, 2010

HICKORY — Relatives of a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl whose bone cancer left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids described the child's life as miserable, saying she was locked in her room for most of the day and was punished over little things.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday, but police said they have had trouble finding anyone outside the household who had seen the girl alive in the last few weeks. Authorities also cast doubt on what the couple had told them.

October 11th

Political sign rules

October 11, 2010

Political signs accumulate in yards and city streets as election day nears. Some of those signs, however, could be illegal.
Illegal campaign sign placement is a violation of littering laws, said Larry Brewer Catawba County Board of Elections director. The Board of Elections, however, does not have the authority to enforce the laws.
"We don't control signs," Brewer said. "We're not the sign police, so to speak."
Littering law violations on public rights-of-way are enforced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

City manager takes office

October 11, 2010

Claremont's new city manager is in office and ready to serve the citizens.
Doug Barrick started Sept. 27 as Claremont city manger, and he said he is excited for the opportunities the job holds.
"So far, so good," Barrick said. "It's just been a whirlwind."
Since his first day in office, Barrick sat down with department heads and discussed ongoing projects and other partnerships.
"My focus has been on meeting all the people we work with," he said.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October 11, 2010

Harold Brantley Cline, 95, of Gastonia, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at home in Gastonia. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia assisted the family of Cline with arrangements.

George Charles McCray, 62, of Hickory, passed away Oct. 8, 2010, at N.C. State Veterans Home in Salisbury. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of George Charles McCray.

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