October 12th, 2010
Eric Daniel Christopher, 40 of Catawba, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
It started the first week of practice as a simple bet. It was just a coach trying to motivate his team to perform, and it worked. Bunker Hill tennis coach Doug Watters shortly after practice opened in summer made an offer the girls did not refuse.
The 2009 Bears finished the season 0-14 in conference play after losing six seniors to graduation the year before. And Watters wanted to entice his players to achieve more than that.
Police canceled the Amber Alert issued for a missing Hickory girl and will instead investigate the case as a homicide.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said Tuesday that police will continue the case to locate 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker as a murder investigation.
Adkins fought back tears Tuesday as he briefed local and national media during a late-morning press conference about the investigation.
Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins will update the community on the disappearance of Zahra Baker during a press briefing at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Ahead of that meeting HPD announced that "investigators are working several leads, specifically addressing Zahraâ€™s life before she disappeared."
HICKORY â€” Relatives of a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl whose bone cancer left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids described the child's life as miserable, saying she was locked in her room for most of the day and was punished over little things.
Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday, but police said they have had trouble finding anyone outside the household who had seen the girl alive in the last few weeks. Authorities also cast doubt on what the couple had told them.
Political signs accumulate in yards and city streets as election day nears. Some of those signs, however, could be illegal.
Illegal campaign sign placement is a violation of littering laws, said Larry Brewer Catawba County Board of Elections director. The Board of Elections, however, does not have the authority to enforce the laws.
"We don't control signs," Brewer said. "We're not the sign police, so to speak."
Littering law violations on public rights-of-way are enforced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Claremont's new city manager is in office and ready to serve the citizens.
Doug Barrick started Sept. 27 as Claremont city manger, and he said he is excited for the opportunities the job holds.
"So far, so good," Barrick said. "It's just been a whirlwind."
Since his first day in office, Barrick sat down with department heads and discussed ongoing projects and other partnerships.
"My focus has been on meeting all the people we work with," he said.
Harold Brantley Cline, 95, of Gastonia, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, at home in Gastonia. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia assisted the family of Cline with arrangements.
George Charles McCray, 62, of Hickory, passed away Oct. 8, 2010, at N.C. State Veterans Home in Salisbury. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of George Charles McCray.
Julius Peppers return to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday was full of flying. The â€śboo birdsâ€ť were heard early and often when the name of Chicago Bearsâ€™ defensive end flew in the stadium.
Peppers tipped a screen pass in the first quarter and intercepted it while on his knees as the ball fell back toward the turf. He celebrated the play by motioning for the fans to be quiet. They did the opposite.
â€śI loved it,â€ť Peppers said. â€śI am over here now. See my shirt. Iâ€™m not for the home team so that is what I expected.â€ť
A search and rescue dog gave a positive alert Sunday for the presence of human remains in vehicles located near the home of a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl.
According to a search warrant, an organization specializing in recovery of persons and bodies arrived about 12:45 p.m. Sunday at Zahra Clare Baker's house, located at 21 21st Ave. NW in Hickory, and searched two vehicles located on the property.