November 5th, 2010
Wilder Morris Blitch, 92, of Hickory, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Lutheran Home West in Hickory. Arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Ellen Elaine Phillips, 57, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The Phillips family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Conover.
William "Hog" Douglas Hodge, 59, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at his residence.
Forty percent of Catawba Countyâ€™s registered voters made their way to the polls Tuesday.
For a non-presidential election, Board of Election officials said during the early voting period, this election is going well.
From 103,003 registered county voters, 41,686 residents voted Tuesday.
The largest amount of votes, ranging from 40-50 percent, came from the Lake Norman, Sherrills Ford, Balls Creek, East Maiden, South Newton, West Newton, Conover East, Claremont, Startown, Mountain View, Banoak, Oakland Heights, Viewmont, Falling Creek and St. Stephens precincts.
U.S. House of Representatives -- District 10
Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry appears to have defeated Democrat challenger Jeff Gregory. McHenry received 71.65 percent and Gregory received 28.35 percent of the more than 174,000 votes cast in the election. District 10 includes Burke County, which didn't finish reporting results before press time
N.C. House of Representatives -- District 88
Democrat David Munday lost to Republican Mark W. Hollo. Hollo won the race by 6,057 votes.
N.C. Senate -- District 42
Incumbent Austin Allran ran unopposed for the seat.
The newly elected Catawba County Board of Commissioners won't appear any differently than it has during the board's last two meetings.
Republican incumbents Kitty Barnes, Lynn Lail and Randy Isenhower won seats on the board, outing Democrat challengers Carolyn Jones Connor and Crystal D. Smith.
Isenhower, who was appointed to serve on the board last month, was the top vote-getter of the night, receiving 28 percent of the votes.
"I appreciate everyone who voted for me tonight, and I look forward to serving Catawba County," Isenhower said.
It was a tight race for the Catawba County Schools Board of Education, but two incumbents held on to their seats, while voters chose two new board members.
Incumbents Charlie Wyant and Sherry Butler will remain on the Board of Education for another four years.
Wyant, who served on the board for almost 20 years, said this year's campaign was one of the toughest yet.
"It's been good and educational," Wyant said of the election campaign. "I'm pleasantly surprised. Naturally, I'm happy about it. I felt like it would be a close race, but I had no idea that I might be at the top."
Incumbent Jay Gaither will continue serving Catawba County residents as District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District.
Gaither nabbed 60.68 percent of the almost 75,000 votes cast in Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties as of press time Tuesday. Democrat challenger Jason Parker received 33.29 percent of votes, and Libertarian T.J. Rohr received 6 percent.
"(The victory) feels like a victory for the District Attorney's Office," Gaither said. "Being elected by this district is very gratifying."
Parker declined to comment about Tuesday's election results.
There's a new sheriff in town, but the new law enforcement leader for Catawba County is no stranger.
Republican Coy Reid received almost 74 percent of the general election vote Tuesday to defeat Democratic challenger Doris Kirby. According to unofficial results from Catawba County Board of Elections, the sheriff's department long-time chief deputy received 30,636 votes, compared to Kirby's 10,365 votes.
Three womenâ€™s basketball teams representing the Greater Hickory Metro competed in the state Senior Games during the weekend. They played a combined 11 games Friday and Saturday at East Carolina Universityâ€™s student activity center, and they combined for zero wins.
The team wants that to change next year.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping some time in the future, whether it is next year or the next year, ultimately we want to win a game,â€ť said Jesse McCarther, head coach of the three teams from the Unifour Red Foxes.
Zahra Baker was reported missing almost one month ago, but the search for her whereabouts hasn't slowed.
Investigators continue to follow leads, process information and conduct interviews in the hope of locating the 10-year-old girl, who is presumed dead.
HPD Maj. Clyde Deal said Tuesday officials are processing evidence collected during recent searches, but police have yet to receive any results from the lab.