November 23rd, 2010
Catawba County Schools' search for a superintendent is another step closer to finding a new leader.
Monday was the North Carolina School Board Association's application deadline for the position. Allison Schafer, legal counsel and policy director for NCSBA, said the number of applications received is above the national average.
"We have at least 15 applications," Schafer said, adding the NCSBA staff will have a final number once mailed applications are received and e-mail spam folders are checked. "The national average is about 12 (applications per position)."
Flu season, a time of coughing, fever, chills and body aches, is under way.
It's not too late, however, to prevent the flu from ruining your holiday plans.
"Anytime is the right time to get your flu shot," said Lynne Laws, Community Health Services nurse supervisor at Catawba County Public Health. "Based on information from the (Center for Disease Control), the flu vaccine is effective all year."
More than 200 families can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the collaboration of two community groups committed to serving the needy.
The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry partnered with Wal-Mart to distribute the makings of Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings Tuesday to area residents in need.
Wal-Mart donated 200 frozen turkeys so GHCCM clients will have a free, warm meal to enjoy Thanksgiving Day. The turkeys were packaged in a reusable Wal-Mart bag also stocked with stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and canned yams.
Tamarah Lynn Cunningham Paul, 43, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley. Arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Earl Kivett Wallace, 79, of Claremont, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Hickory.
The troubles with the Maiden boys basketball program are no secret. The Blue Devils did not win a game the entire 2008-09 season, and they won only one in the 2009-10 season.
Maiden beat Fred T. Foard in December 2009 in a non-conference game at Maiden. St. Stephens badly beat Maiden in its next game, and the Blue Devils did not win a game the rest of the season.
They ended the season 1-23 overall. That one win, however, showed improvement to third-year head coach Doug Miller and the player. Now, they want to show their opponents the team is improved since then.
It has been more than one week since police confirmed they located the remains of Zahra Baker, and police continue to gather information about what happened to Zahra in her final days.
Hickory Police Department Maj. Clyde Deal said police follow up on any information that could give them a clear picture of Zahra's death.
"Obviously, anything we come across that could be of interest to the case we will collect," Deal said.
HPD investigators conducted interviews Monday in the case, but Deal declined to say who was interviewed or what those interviews involved.
Two people died since Friday in two different crashes on N.C. 127.
The latest crash occurred Monday half a mile north of Cloninger Mill Road in Hickory.
Danny Lynn Barnette, 57, of Granite Falls, was traveling north on N.C. 127 about 11 a.m. when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Swagger.
If you ask Terry Holmes, he'll tell you God has a plan for everything.
Holmes, 53, of Newton, had his share of difficulties in life -- involved with drugs at age 20 and in prison during his 40s.
Now clean and sober for 13 years, Holmes makes it his mission to show others how he cleaned up his life by cleaning up area schools.
He worked as a custodian at Hickory High School and Newton-Conover middle and high school since his release from prison on misdemeanor charges.
Mary “Virginia” Shipley Waldroup, 68, passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Mary “Virginia” Shipley Waldroup.
Gregory Wallace Bridges Jr., 72, of Taylorsville, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at his residence. The Bridges family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Hickory.
Carlene Mull Pitts, 90, passed away Firday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Lutheran Home East.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” It took one play for mystery man Brian St. Pierre to get the downtrodden Carolina Panthers in position for an upset.
Baltimore's stars, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, responded with two big milestone plays to spoil St. Pierre's potential storybook day and put the Ravens in great shape in the AFC North.
Reed and Lewis each had interceptions that turned into touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and a TD, and the Ravens overcame St. Pierre's 88-yard touchdown pass to beat the stubborn Panthers 37-13 on Sunday.