November 2nd, 2010
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.
Alyce Augusta Valdes Berasa, 71, of Newton, passed away peacefully at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice House of Catawba Valley in Newton. Visit www.catawbamemorialpark.com to register your condolences online.
Ellen Phillips, 57, of Conover, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremation in Conover.
Newton-Conover started the season with a loss to third-ranked Shelby. That loss turned into seven straight losses and eventually into losing its first 11 of 14. But that losing turned into winning late in the 2010 season and eventually led to a playoff berth in the 2-A West.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference with a 7-6-1 conference record, and they captured the conferenceâ€™s last playoff spot.
Police confirmed Monday that the prosthetic leg found in Caldwell County belonged to a disabled child now missing for more than three weeks.
Hickory Police Department said in a press release they confirmed the prosthesis match using serial numbers on the leg.
Ten-year-old Zahra Baker lost her lower left leg to bone cancer. Zahra's hearing was also damaged during cancer treatment, forcing her to wear hearing aids.
To get a wireless computer lab up and running, Balls Creek Elementary students are doing some running of their own.
Students, faculty and volunteers raced around the school track Monday to raise money for a new computer lab in the school.
The project, called Laps 4 Labs, is designed to involve students in the computer lab fundraising process, while keeping them physically fit at the same time.
Students and members of the school's Parent-Teacher Organization were asked to find area businesses willing to donate to the school's goal of $10,000.
Brightly colored fall foliage is everywhere in Catawba County, but someone must clean up the leaves once they fall to the ground. Area municipalities offer leaf collection for residents, and each area's collection schedules, requirements and services are different.
The city offers curbside loose-leaf collection for residents. This year's collection routes, however, are different than previous years.
Lewis Andrew Webb, 77, died peacefully at his residence in Conover and went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Lewis Andrew Webb.
Debra Elaine Henry McLauchlin, 55, of Conover, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley. The McLauchlin family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis Reynolds Home and Crematory in Newton.
Nate Johnson made a transition from the beginning of the season to now. Johnson, a senior running back at Maiden, was used primarily for his speed at the beginning of the season compared to quarterback Matt Johnsonâ€™s power.
That role changed as the season went on, and it showed Friday night at Maiden against the Bunker Hill Bears.
â€śAt first, I was just a speed back when they needed to use me in the backfield,â€ť Nate Johnson said. â€śOver the weeks and weeks, Iâ€™ve been more of the power back running the football more as we are getting ready for the playoffs.â€ť