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The City of Hickory and its project partners have received the North Carolina Main Street program’s Award of Merit for Best Historic Rehabilitation Project.  The city was recognized for the transformation of the Lyerly Full-Fashioned Mill into Transportation Insight’s corporate campus.  Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland and Executive Director of Economic Development Susan Fleetwood presented awards last week to 15 program participants.

The former hosiery mill was vacant since the mid-1990s before Transportation Insight acquired the property in 2014 and successfully adapted 17,942 square feet of the mill and surrounding property into its corporate headquarters.  Lyerly Mill was constructed in 1930.  It is Hickory’s only remaining two-story hosiery mill from that era.  It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2007.  

The property owner is OHM Holdings LLC, which developed the site to create the corporate campus.  The building contractor was Neill Grading & Construction Company.  The City of Hickory played a key role by developing a public parking area to serve the company’s employees.  

Transportation Insight president and founder Paul Thompson said the company’s goal is to create North America’s largest and most reputable provider of value-based logistics services by January 1, 2020.  The company employs more than 400 people at its Hickory location.  Transportation Insight previously occupied several buildings in downtown Hickory.  

This year’s Main Street award winners were chosen by a panel of judges from dozens of applications submitted by program participants from across the state.

55-year-old Gerald Robert Hipps was arrested Thursday (March 23) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Hipps was placed in jail under $6,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.

32-year-old David Robert Masten and 25-year-old Sierra Elizabeth Barnette, both of Pea Ridge Road in Morganton, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 24).  They are each charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.  The warrants for their arrests were issued on March 20 in Burke County.

Btoh subjects were taken into custody without incident at about 3:10 a.m. on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  Masten was given a $2,500 secured bond and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Barnette was processed and released under a $1,500 unsecured bond.  They were both scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Human Relations Awards. The annual Human Relations Awards are designed to recognize any individual, youth, or organization/business that has gone “above and beyond” in promoting good human relations in the City of Hickory.

The community is encouraged to nominate individuals or businesses who meet and excel in the CRC’s mission of promoting positive human relations in the City of Hickory and beyond.  Nominees need to be currently involved in promoting human relations within the City of Hickory.

Nominee applications can be found on the CRC’s webpage on the City’s website, under Boards and Commissions.  Completed applications are due to the Hickory CRC by May 1, 2017.  Completed nomination forms should be sent to the attention of Chief Thurman Whisnant, 347 2nd Avenue, SW, Hickory, NC 28602 or e-mail

The winners will be announced and recognized at the annual Spring Human Relations Award event.  Details of the Human Relations Award event are in the planning stages and will be announced in the near future.

For more information, please contact staff liaison Chief Thurman Whisnant at the City of Hickory Police Department, at (828) 261-2600.

25-year-old Wayne Scott Barber of Roundtree Lane in Lincolnton was arrested today (Friday, March 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Barber was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Monday (March 27).

Friday, 24 March 2017 05:50

Fire Hydrant Testing Scheduled In Newton

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The Newton Fire Department will begin conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the northeast quadrant of the city on March 27.

The northeast quadrant of the city includes areas north of A Street and east of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Citizens residing in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate the discoloration.

Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.

The city of Newton apologizes for any inconvenience residents encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.

55-year-old George Mitchell Rhinehardt of 3rd Avenue SE in Hickory and 49-year-old Jeanine Francine Crossno of Old Lowman Street in Valdese were both arrested by Hickory Police Officers. They’re each charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rhinehardt and Crossno were detained this morning (Friday, March 24) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond apiece. They’re both schedule to appear in District Court today.

26-year-old Amanda Danielle Forth was arrested this morning (Friday, March 24) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with identity theft and five counts of failure to appear. Forth was being held in jail in Morganton under a total bond amount of $163,500 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

Friday, 24 March 2017 03:18

Granite Falls Woman Arrested On Cocaine Charge

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31-year-old Alicha Leann Hamby of Crescent Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (March 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Hamby was given a custody release. A court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (March 23) in Newton. 

Friday, 24 March 2017 02:53

Sherrills Ford Woman Indicted On Arson Charge

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53-year-old Joyce Ann Atwood of Alphabet Lane in Sherrills Ford was arrested Thursday (March 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with first degree arson. Atwood was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, March 24).

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