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October 22nd, 2010

Desired evidence not found

October 22, 2010

The search of the landfill in Caldwell County for evidence related to the disappearance and possible death of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker came to a conclusion Friday afternoon after three days, and teams scouring the piles of trash did not find the evidence they were seeking.
Hickory Police Department released a statement late Friday indicating that teams completed their search of the Foothills Environmental, Inc. landfill off Cheraw Road in western Caldwell County at 3 p.m., also confirming that they had been looking for a mattress.

Weekend of October 23-25, 2010

October 22, 2010

Kay Kristen Williams Cunningham, 64, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. A celebration of her life ceremony will be privately held by her family.

Burgin Lee Laney, 90, of Maiden, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary.

Tammy Delores Blackwell Chester, 39, of Maiden, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in Florida due to an automobile accident. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Sky-High Confidence at N-C

October 22, 2010

Going into this year’s volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.

The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
“Last year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,” junior Corbin Evans said. “I think we should have gotten past that round, but we just weren’t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think we’ll go very far.”

Astronomy Meets Gastronomy at the Crescent Moon

October 22, 2010

October 21st

Newton water tank gets new life

October 21, 2010

Newton will spend $307,000 to keep intact a long-time part of the city's skyline and create a new opportunity for revenue in the process
Even though the plan, technically, doesn't hold any water.

GPS used in landfill search

October 21, 2010

Investigators in the Zahra Baker case are using GPS devices to pinpoint an exact location in an area landfill where a key piece of evidence might be located.
Crews continued a search Thursday of the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County for the piece of evidence, which police will not identify.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Wednesday during a press conference that the piece of evidence, if found, will provide a "good, solid timeline" in Zahra's case.
Crews, however, aren't searching for Zahra's body in the landfill, Adkins said.

Maiden woman dies in Florida crash

October 21, 2010

A Maiden woman died in a three-car collision Wednesday in Florida while she screamed for help along a roadway.
Tammy Chester, 39, and her husband, Jeremy Chester, 28, both of Maiden, stopped their vehicle Wednesday about 8 p.m. on State Road 528 in the outside, eastbound lane in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Jeremy Chester was driving the couple's 1993 Toyota, and Tammy Chester was sitting in the passenger seat when the vehicle stopped on the road.

Grants help inventive farmers

October 21, 2010

Three area farmers are paving the way for agriculture, thanks to help from a state grant funding.
Farmers Brian Bean, of Hickory, Jefferson Herr, of Vale, and Susie Devine, of Newton, received grants for expansion and improvement of their agricultural operations from the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.
"The single focus is to help farmers be more successful," said Joe Schroeder, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund director. "We're trying to make an impact that goes beyond individual farmers."

Friday, October 22, 2010

October 21, 2010

Del Norris Rozzelle, 68, of Claremont, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The Rozzelle family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.

Carolyn Ann Belton, 69, of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The Belton family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.  

Hickory Wins Shootout With Saint

October 21, 2010

The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesday’s rivalry match against St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes suffered their first loss of the year Tuesday to Asheville Roberson on a last-minute goal, and they lost last season at Hickory to their crosstown rivals.

“We wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,” Hickory senior Michael Delong said. “We knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.”

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