February 24th, 2011
CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” The former defense team for a North Carolina woman accused of killing her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter took key evidence from a crime scene before it was turned over to authorities searching for the girl's body, the suspect's former attorney said Thursday.
A former defense attorney for Elisa Baker says that a deal was struck to keep her client from facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter despite assertions from the district attorney that no bargain was made in exchange for Bakerâ€™s assistance in locating the remains of Zahra Baker.
Lisa Dubs spoke out Thursday regarding an agreement she contends she brokered with the District Attorneyâ€™s Office on Elisaâ€™s behalf.
"To Kill a Mockingbird."
The novel and its message of redemption are an iconic part of American history.
An area theater group is performing a stage production tonight of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality during a one-night presentation on Lenoir-Rhyne University's campus.
The play comes during the final days of Black History Month, and the "To Kill a Mockingbird" actors said they hope theater-goers leave the play with a better understanding of the horrors of racial inequality.
Area school children love dinosaurs, and Thursday they had the opportunity to pair that love with a lesson in religion.
Creation Family Ministries is hosting a Dinosaurs and the Bible Conference on Biblical Creation at the Hickory Metro Convention Center to teach children about how dinosaurs fit into the Bible's account of how the world was created.
The three-day conference will continue through Saturday and aims to answer questions from believers and skeptics alike about dinosaurs and their interactions with mankind.
Inez Clarence Buff Hilderbran, 85, of Sherrills Ford, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at her residence. Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hilderbran family.
Ronald Scott Kiser, 66, of Lincolnton, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his residence. The funeral service will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at his residence, 226 Victory Grove Church Road, Lincolnton.
The cause of a house fire remains undetermined Thursday after investigators sifted through the remains of a Newton mobile home destroyed in a late-night blaze.
Fire broke out Wednesday night in a double-wide manufactured home at 1870 April's Way off Sigmon Dairy Road in Newton. The home was a total loss, and two vehicles were damaged from exposure to flames and smoke.
Despite eleven 3-pointers from Shelby, the Lady Trojans knocked off the previously unbeaten Golden Lions on the road Wednesday.
Both teams were tied 34-34 at halftime. The Lady Trojans (26-3) came out sluggish in the second half. They committed four early turnovers in the third quarter after only having ten turnovers in the first half.
The Lady Red Devils advanced to the Sectional Round of the playoffs with a victory over Mountain Heritage on the road Wednesday.
Leading Newton-Conover (23-3) were four players â€“ Kadesha Gibbs, Quazzy Tipps, Shynese Whitener and Tiana Littlejohn.
They combined to score 48 of their teamâ€™s 59 points in the game.
The Lady Red Devils rushed out to a 28-13 halftime lead with a combination of their strong defense and fast break offense.
The State 2A Individual Wrestling Tournament begins today, as 21 local wrestlers from Bandys, Bunker Hill, Newton-Conover and Maiden will compete.
Last season, the entire tournament was two days in length, which caused some scheduling issues. Some tournament matches lasted until right around mid-night.
The new tournament schedule is three days in length and 2A teams start competition on Thursday instead of Friday.
When the Revs. Ann and Frank Aichinger saw "The Grace Card" movie, they knew it had to come to Hickory.
The problem was that the film, scheduled for release Feb. 25, was only available for screening in larger cities like Charlotte and Raleigh.
The Aichingers, who are co-pastors at New Vision Church in Conover, saw "The Grace Card" in November during a special pre-screening event. They learned that, although the film wasn't set to appear in Catawba County movie theaters, there was something they could do to change that.