March 3rd, 2011
Police say the Hickory man shot and killed by Oklahoma officers was going through a difficult time and wanted law enforcement to take his life.
Police fired eight shots at Brian Dollarhide, 30, in Perry, Okla., early Tuesday morning in what officers are calling suicide by cop.
Perry Police Chief Brian Thomas said Thursday that Dollarhide was separated from his wife, who reported Dollarhide had suicidal thoughts.
An area toddler will be featured on a North Carolina travel magazine cover after she was selected among hundreds of other children to win a photo contest.
The photograph Matt and Alicia Anderson snapped of their then 8-month-old daughter, Ava, will appear on the 2011 cover of Beach Times magazine after an online contest, where Facebook users voted for their favorite vacation photograph among eight finalists.
The dress, the shoes, the flowers and the dinner â€” those items can add up to a costly prom night for area students.
But students and their parents don't have to spend a lot of money to ensure a fun, safe and memorable prom night. Area organizations are working to provide clothes and services to prom-going students at little or no cost.
Hickory High School's prom closet
Students at Hickory High School will have the option to get free evening wear for their prom night through the school's sixth annual prom closet.
The Lady Trojans basketball team will face a familiar opponent tonight in Greensboro, when they take on Salisbury.
Bandys (27-3) faced off against the Lady Hornets (24-1) in last yearâ€™s Regional semifinals. Salisbury won that game, 45-31, and eventually the state championship.
The last two seasons, the Hornets are an incredible 53-1. Their only blemish in those 54 games was a Nov. 22 loss to Butler, 60-50.
The Lady Red Devilsâ€™ basketball team is seeking a return trip to the 2A Regional finals.
Newton-Conover (24-3) reached the finals last season after defeating Shelby, 59-38. They face the Thomasville Lady Bulldogs (23-6) tonight in Greensboro in one of two Regional semifinal games for a chance to repeat that feat.
Head coach Jonathan Tharpe believes his team is more focused at this point in the season than they were last year.
Rev. Harold F. Leatherman, of Lincolnton, passed away March 1, 2011, at Hospice of Union County in Monroe. The Leatherman family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Alice Faye Travis Tucker, 72, of Claremont, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. The Tucker family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Catawba Valley Community College received a $300,000 grant to fund equipment and operations of a center moving to Conover Station.
The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center awarded the grant to CVCC to be used by the Manufacturing Solutions Center. MSC, which is currently housed on CVCC's East Campus, will move to Conover Station in early 2012.
The grant will be used for equipment and operations, according to Dan St. Louis, MSC executive director.
Winter snow woes were replaced this week with another weather worry â€” tornadoes.
Severe Weather Awareness week started Sunday, just one day before severe weather swept through Catawba County, downing power lines and trees. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported, according to Catawba County Emergency Services director Bryan Blanton, but active tornado season is just starting.
North Carolinians experienced more tornados in the last three years than in the previous decade, with March, May and November being the deadliest months, according to a press release from Perdue's office.
A Bandys High School graduate returned to Catawba County Schools on Wednesday â€” this time as a member of Gov. Bev Perdue's cabinet.
North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier M. Cansler arrived at Webb A. Murray Elementary School for Read Across America Day, a national program to encourage reading among children.
Cansler spoke with third- and fourth-grade students about state government and read a chapter from a book about multiculturalism in the classroom.
The man accused of bludgeoning someone to death was transported to a mental hospital last week after a judge ruled the man incapable of standing trial.
Dennis Edward Scherzer, 45, of Hickory, was taken to Broughton Hospital in Morganton, according to a motion filed Monday with the Catawba County Clerk of Court. Scherzer is charged with murdering Roland Simmons, 70, at Hickory's Walden House Assisted Living Center.
A representative from the Catawba County Detention Center transported Scherzer to Broughton Hospital shortly before 4 p.m. Feb. 24.