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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:36

Hudson Man Faces Stolen Vehicle Charge in Hickory

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35-year-old James Wallace Jernigan III of Laurel Street in Hudson was arrested at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon (August 11) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. Jernigan will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:34

Early Morning Crash in Lenoir Claims One Life

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19-year-old Allen Paul Barnes of Freezer Locker Road in Hudson was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Lenoir early this morning (August 12).

At approximately 5:19 a.m., a 2003 Kia passenger car driven by Barnes was heading north on the 2700 block of Ellerwood Road in Lenoir with his wife Courtney Barnes as a passenger. While going around a curve, the Kia crossed the center lane and ran head-on into a 2004 GMC driven by Tammy Church Houck of Alfred Hartley Road in Lenoir.  

Mr. Barnes was pronounced dead on the scene. A preliminary investigation indicates that speed, road conditions and equipment on the Kia were factors in crash.

Authorities have not released any information regarding the condition of Ms. Barnes or Ms. Houck.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:57

Lenoir Woman Held on $75K Bond as Fugitive

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50-year-old Juanita Jane Steptoe of College Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 11) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Steptoe was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed, though Steptoe will appear in Lenoir District Court on September 4 on a charge of making harassing phone calls.

The 33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts will be held on Saturday, September 27 on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters and performers since 1981. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

The Hiddenite Center is currently seeking regional fine arts and crafts vendors and commercial vendors to participate in the festival. Vendor spaces are available for arts, crafts, commercial items and food sales. Public information booths are also available for non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals.

Vendor applications are available at The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion upon request. Applicants may call The Hiddenite Center at 828-632-6966 or email info@hiddenitecenter.com for more information or to request an application form.

Cost for each vendor space is $30 if purchased before August 16 and $40 after that date. Public information booths for distributing information with no sales are $15 each.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center’s events and programs, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:39

Sails Music Series to Resume in September

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The City of Hickory has announced the lineup for its September Sails Music Series. The Sails Music Series kicked off in May and continued through June, taking a break during the hottest summer months of July and August. In September, the series resumes with a variety of musical performances every Friday night, starting at six o'clock.

According to Bob Sinclair, Music Coordinator for the series, musical talents will travel to Hickory from all across the country including acts from Portland, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

On September 5, North Carolina native Seth Walker, who currently lives in New Orleans, will perform. His style is described as a mix of gospel-drenched, southern-inflected New Orleans-style funk.

September 12 will feature Greg Trooper, a singer/songwriter who grew up in Little Silver, New Jersey and was inspired by the music scene in nearby New York City. He looked to Otis Redding, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams for inspiration. Since 1986, he has released 12 albums.

Fruition will perform on September 19. From Portland, Oregon, the string infused quintet released their first album, “One of Them Nights,” in 2013. The album debuted at #11 on Soundcan’s Bluegrass chart.

The Adam Levy Trio will wrap up the month on September 26. Levy, a guitar player and songwriter, has performed as a member of Norah Jones’ Handsome Band and for other artists. He left Jones’ band in 2007 to concentrate on his songwriting.

31-year-old Ryan Douglas Elmore of Lee Cline Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (August 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Officers on foot patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. stopped to talk to Elmore outside the room where he was staying. Police asked for and were given consent to search Elmore’s vehicle where they found three grams of marijuana, a bottle containing marijuana residue, another container containing 3.4 more grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, scales, and 27 Oxycodone pills in two different locations within the vehicle.

Elmore was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. He has since been released. Elmore was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:57

Hickory Libraries to Close for Training Friday

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The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and the Ridgeview Branch Library will be closed this Friday (August 15) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for annual staff training. The libraries will re-open for regular hours at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 16.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:51

Former Lenoir-Rhyne President Passes Away

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Former Lenoir-Rhyne University president Dr. Albert B. Anderson died on Tuesday, August 5, in Fargo, North Dakota.

Dr. Anderson served as Lenoir-Rhyne’s eighth president from 1976-1982. His administration was marked by a refinement of the school’s role as a church-related institution; the restructuring of the academic calendar and core curriculum; and the addition of majors in psychology and accounting.

The first non-clergyman to serve as president, Dr. Anderson was a native of North Dakota. He had a wide educational background, which included Concordia College in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota and Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. In September 1982, Dr. Anderson resigned as president, effective January 1983, to become Director of Development at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Two significant programs—the Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal and the Broyhill Institute for Business Leadership—were established under Dr. Anderson’s leadership and the endowment grew to $8.8 million.

He is survived by his wife Anita and their children. A memorial service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Laporte, Minnesota on August 9.

Two major initiatives involving the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Catawba County and its partner municipalities are the subject of a case study released across the United States by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Catawba County is one of only 33 counties (along with two multi-county associations) selected in the United States for case studies this year.

NACo’s report, “Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development,” presents information to county governments across the United States about economic development challenges and the solutions applied by selected local governments.

Catawba County’s efforts to attract data centers to the county following the location of an Apple Data Center off of Startown Road near the Town of Maiden are featured in the case study, along with the Innovate Catawba initiative, which is designed to make the county more economically competitive. The case study makes note of the cooperative planning for a data center location that led to Apple’s decision to locate in Catawba County.

The study says that before Apple selected the site, the county and four municipalities planned to finalize the development of utilities, roads and signage at the data center campus (as it was originally envisioned) before a buyer was secured.

The NACo case study notes that the county, the EDC and the cities of Conover and Hickory and the towns of Maiden and Catawba subsequently partnered to create a second data center development called the ncDataCampus off of I-40 near Conover, now nearing completion.

The entire NACo Case Study is available at www.uscounties.org/strong-economies/profiles/CatawbaNC.pdf. For more information, call the EDC at 828-267-1564 or visit www.catawbaedc.org.

Monday, 11 August 2014 15:16

Hickory Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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59-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 1st Avenue Place S.E. and 35-year-old Latrina Caprice Woods of 1st Avenue S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (August 10). Robinson was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and no responsibility.   Woods was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the area of 9th Avenue Place S.W. and 2nd Street Place S.W. saw a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was driven by Robinson with Woods as the passenger. As Officers approached, they could see an open container in the vehicle.

A consent search was conducted, leading to the discovery of nine rocks of crack cocaine in the car door. The drugs weighed 1.8 grams. A crack pipe was found on Woods’ person.

They were taken into custody without incident. Robinson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. Woods was processed and released after posting a $600 unsecured bond. Robinson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Woods will appear in a Hickory courtroom on September 10.