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Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:02

Governor to Make Three Stops in Western N.C. Today

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Governor Pat McCrory will make three appearances in western North Carolina today.

The Governor will be at the Burke County Community & Business Leaders Meet & Greet at one o’clock this afternoon. The event will take place at Abele's Restaurant on South Sterling Street in Morganton.

At 3 p.m., Gov. McCrory will appear at the dedication of the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center at McDowell Technical Community College on College Drive in Marion.

At seven o’clock this evening, he’ll attend the N.C. Metro Mayors Coalition at The Bull & Beggar on Paynes Way in Asheville.

None of those events are open to the general public.

The City of Hickory’s Parks & Recreation Department will host the 3rd Annual Bark Bash at Stanford Park’s picnic shelter on Saturday, November 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The family-friendly event will benefit the Humane Society of Catawba County.

The Bark Bash features contests and presentations by Hickory’s K9 Officers and the Catawba Valley Obedience Club. Contest registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the events set to begin at 10 a.m.

The Humane Society of Catawba County (HSCC) invites all participants to join in the “Mutt Mosey,” a dog walk to benefit the homeless pets at the Humane Society. The $20 registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. All dogs participating in the “Mutt Mosey” will receive a treat bag.

For more information, contact Recreation Programmer Sherry Morgan at 828-328-3997 or email smorgan@hickorync.gov. For more on the “Mutt Mosey” dog walk, contact Beth Hatley at the 828-464-8878 ext. 205 or email beth@catawbahumane.org.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:51

Early Voting Starts Today

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The Catawba County Board of Elections reminds eligible voters that one-stop voting for the 2014 general election begins today (Thursday, October 23) and ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 at the Main Catawba County Library in Newton.

Five one-stop voting locations will be open at varying times and dates. New for this election is a one-stop site at Conover Station at 403 Conover Station in Conover. Other one-stop sites will include: the Newton Main Library at 115 West “C” Street in Newton; the Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory; the Southwest (Mountain View) Branch Library at 2944 Highway 127 South; and the Sherrills Ford Fire & Rescue headquarters at 4011 Slanting Bridge Road in Sherrills Ford.

Two precinct locations have been permanently moved. The voting location for Banoak Precinct 2 has moved to Corinth Baptist Church at 7929 Highway 10 West in Vale and the location for Blackburn Precinct 3 has moved to Blackburn Baptist Church at 5015 Highway 10 West in Vale.

The period for early voting will be shorter this year because of the changes in North Carolina law. On Election Day, voters must now vote at their assigned precinct or their vote will not count. Another change in North Carolina law requiring voters to show an I.D. card at the polls will not go into effect until 2016. A law that eliminates straight-party voting is in effect for the November 4 general election.

For more information, call the Catawba County Board of Elections office at 828-464-2424 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/elections.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:07

Lenoir Woman Faces Felony Drug Charges

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31-year-old Rachael Nicole Cox of Laws Street in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 21) on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Cox was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Lenoir.

54-year-old Ronald Earl Curtis of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (October 21) on four counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of injury to personal property. Following his arrest, Curtis was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $101,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

31-year-old Justin Nathaniel Deaton of Statesville has been arrested for financial card theft and financial card fraud.

The crime was reported on October 15 and assigned to Detective Getz of the Economic Crime Unit. According to the incident report, on October 9, the victim and his wife were getting ready for bed when they saw the interior lights of their truck come on. The victim and his wife went to the window where the victim saw his stepson, Justin Deaton, running around to the back of the truck.

The couple went outside to see if anything was missing from the truck, but did not notice anything missing at the time. Later that night, they realized they had left a debit card in the truck and realized that it was gone.

The victim contacted his bank and found that there was a fraudulent transaction at an ATM in Statesville. The cash taken was less than $100. Detectives obtained surveillance video from the business where the debit card was used and identified the suspect as Justin Deaton.

Deaton was arrested on October 22 and processed at the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500, secured. No court date is currently listed.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:34

Beverly Hester Named Catawba Co. Employee of the Year

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Beverly Hester, an Administrative Assistant II with Catawba County’s Department of Utilities & Engineering, was recognized as the Employee of the Year for 2014 at the county’s annual Awards Night dinner yesterday (October 21). The event was held at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Center.

Hester was honored for her work following the severe flooding that occurred on July 27, 2013. Her work allowed the county to receive disaster recovery funds from FEMA for flooding at the landfill. Hester also met an unexpected staffing shortage at the landfill as the county was preparing to begin new, expanded recycling programs.

Cindy Meadows, a Business Manager with the Department of Utilities & Engineering, nominated Hester for the award. Meadows says Hester’s attention to detail in cataloguing the damages and repairs was invaluable in the county’s efforts to recoup much of the cost of recovery from FEMA. As a result of Hester’s efforts, the Solid Waste Fund was reimbursed by FEMA for $66,464.

When the cleaning crew for the landfill offices and the county’s Biodiesel Production Facility quit abruptly, Hester took on those duties to ensure the office, restrooms and break area were kept clean, saving the county $1,800 until a new cleaning company could be contracted almost six months later.

Hester is a native of Catawba County. She is a 1983 graduate of Fred T. Foard High School. She began work for Catawba County in 1990 as a Scale Attendant at the Blackburn Landfill. In 1992, she was promoted to the position of Scale Manager. That title was reclassified as Waste Reduction Coordinator in 1997 and again re-classified as Administrative Assistant II, the title she currently holds, in 2004.

Hester and her husband, John, live in Conover and have two daughters.

Six other Catawba County employees were nominated for Employee Of The Year for 2014. They included: Teresa Buff, Assistant Tax Collector, Tax Office; Darlene Burgess, Public Health Nurse, Public Health; Leslie Campbell, Administrative Assistant II, Public Health; Kristy Connelly, Accounting Services Manager, Finance; Brian Drum, Communications Center Supervisor, Communications Center; and Tommy Poovey, EMT Paramedic, Emergency Services.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:14

Vale Man Charged with Felony Indecent Liberties

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34-year-old Thomas Anthony Wylie of Warrior Road in Vale was arrested yesterday (October 21) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Dan Renn on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

The incident, which involved inappropriate touching, allegedly occurred on August 19 of this year while a 12-year-old female was visiting the suspect’s residence. Wylie lived on Seagletown Road in Vale at the time of the incident.

Following his arrest, Wylie was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Angie Sigmon, a K-3 teacher at Shuford Elementary School in Conover, was named North Carolina's latest Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner and the recipient of a $25,000 prize. State Superintendent June Atkinson made the surprise announcement during a school-wide assembly last Friday (October 17).

Sigmon, whose career has spanned 13 years, is among the nation's 40 most recent recipients of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, which carries with it an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 and membership in a network of over 2,600 past recipients from across the nation.

Sigmon’s colleagues say she leads by example and always models for her students and fellow teachers how to act, engage and follow through with tasks in a successful way. Co-workers say she spends countless hours planning for lessons, promoting community involvement among her students, fundraising for field trips and building a love of technology in her classroom and throughout her school. Her hard work, encouragement and her belief that every student can be a leader enables her students to grow academically and socially.

In 2013-14, less than 50 percent of Sigmon’s students were at grade level in math and reading at the beginning of the year. By the end of the year approximately 80 percent of students were performing at grade level or above and all students made their growth goals.

She currently serves as grade-level chair for second and third grade and is the School-Wide Assistance Team chairperson. She is an Instructional Consultation Team Facilitator, a Technology Team member and she was selected to host the school’s iPad pilot classroom and open her classroom to visitors from other districts. The National Board Certified teacher was named the Shuford Elementary First Year Teacher of the Year in 2002, Teacher of the Year in 2007 and 2011 and the Newton-Conover City Schools Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Sigmon earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and psychology and a master's degree in reading education (K-12) from Appalachian State University.

For more information on the Milken Educator Awards, call 310-570-4775 or visit www.MilkenEducatorAwards.org.

The North Carolina National Guard Education & Employment office has opened an additional location in Lenoir, beside the Lenoir National Guard armory.

The mission of the Education & Employment office (EEC) is to assist current and separated members of the N.C. National Guard & Air Guard, their spouses and working-age dependants. The EEC provides services that include career assessment, résumé & interview preparation, job-seeking skills, networking and more.

In North Carolina, the EEC has assisted over 726 soldiers, spouses and dependents in finding new careers. There are currently over 1,400 candidates in their database.

The EEC serves local businesses in finding candidates with the desired skill sets by accessing and searching the EEC database. Michael Isenhour serves as regional program coordinator for the area.

Any business interested in being added to the EEC employer database or any service member looking for a new career should call Isenhour at 828-757-3220 ext. 11243.

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