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48-year-old Tammy Hollifield Ford and 59-year-old Harold Timothy Miller, both of the same Goat Farm Street, Hickory, address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Ford is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Miller is charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and probation violation.

According to a news release issued Friday (February 2), on January 24, 2018, the NC Probation Office requested the assistance of the Burke County Narcotics Task Force to accompany them to a known drug house. While on the scene, narcotics officers found 26.2 grams of methamphetamine on Ford, and 1.5 grams of methamphetamine on Miller.

Following their arrests, Ford received a $10,000 secured bond and Miller received a $14,000 secured bond. Both suspects were jailed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. They are no longer listed as inmates at the facility. They both have District Court appearances scheduled for February 20.

Friday, 02 February 2018 10:51

Woman Arrested In Burke County On Drug Charges

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28-year-old Cari Rene Mcfall was arrested Thursday (February 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony failure to appear, and misdemeanor counts of resist, delay or obstruct a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mcfall was arrested at the intersection of William Parks Lane and Jamestown Road in Morganton at 3:10 a.m. Thursday. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $32,000 secured bond. A District Court date is February 14.

Friday, 02 February 2018 10:39

South Mountains State Park Named Park Of The Year

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South Mountains State Park in Burke County has been named North Carolina’s State Park of the Year by the Division of Parks and Recreation. It was selected from three regional nominees that included Jordan Lake and Fort Fisher state recreation areas.

The park was chosen for its “exemplary contribution to the North Carolina state parks mission of stewardship, public service and education," as well as exemplary leadership, service and educational programming throughout the year. It was specifically recognized for work that went above and beyond in fighting the Chestnut Knob fire. To fight the fire, 97 park staff worked over 3,700 hours over the course of three weeks. The fire caused the park to be closed for two months.

The community offered overwhelming support to park staff and volunteers during the fire, providing $40,000 worth of food and supplies and feeding an average of 100 firefighters each day. Volunteers also contributed thousands of hours supporting firefighting efforts throughout the incident.

Park staff also provided training, helped out at neighboring parks, and completed major maintenance projects in-house last year. The park offered 400 programs to 14,000 participants as well, including programming staff developed that interprets the effects of wildfire and promotes the benefits of prescribed burns.

The state parks system began choosing a Park of the Year in 2010 with nominations from each district. Each of the 38 state parks and recreation areas submit an annual report that is judged on progress in recreation, natural resource protection, sustainability, efficiency, public safety and environmental education. Final judging is completed by division administrators. To honor the Park of the Year, a medallion is attached to a hiking staff that is passed to the award recipient each year. In addition, the Park of the Year displays a commemorative plaque in its visitor center. All parks were honored in 2016 in celebration of the division’s Centennial year.

South Mountains State Park was established in 1975 with just over 5,500 acres and is operated under the direction of Superintendent Jonathan Griffith. The park has since grown to 20,871 acres to become the largest in the system. In 2017, it recorded 296,773 visitors. South Mountains also won the Park of the Year award in the award’s inaugural year in 2010.

Contractors working for Burke County Public Schools will close a portion of Bouchelle Street next Wednesday (February 7) between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting and barring any unforeseen problems.  The street will be closed from the Morehead Street Extension to Sanford Drive.  Crews will perform electrical work associated with the new Mountain View Elementary School.  Drivers should seek alternate routes.

Friday, 02 February 2018 06:22

Lenoir Residents Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

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30-year-old Devan Hawk Enloe and 22-year-old Samantha Leanne Brooke, both of the same Thad Miller Road, Lenoir address, were each arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Enloe is also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine.

Ice Unit Agents have been investigating the couple under the suspicion of drug and firearm dealing during the last month. During the investigation, Agents managed to collect enough information through surveillance techniques and intelligence gathering to receive enough for a search warrant of the premise. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was utilized and secured the residence without incident at approximately 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Agents searched the residence and seized four grams methamphetamine, 65 alprazolam pills, ten diazepam pills, two oxymorphone pills, one methylphenidate pill, 48 grams of high grade marijuana, $675 in US Currency, a semi-automatic pistol, an Assault Rifle, and drug paraphernalia. The drugs have a street value over $2,000 according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines. Both Enloe and McLean were subsequently arrested and charged with felony controlled substance violations. Agents expect additional charges to be filed against the suspects in this investigation.  Enloe has pending drug and firearm charges in Catawba and Caldwell Counties.

Bond for Enloe was set at $50,000 secured, Brooke's bond is $20,000 secured. They both have District Court dates February 22.    

46-year-old Grady Hartwell Mangum Jr. of Woodridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bond for Mangum was set at $2,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 5).

Friday, 02 February 2018 06:05

String Of Drug Charges Filed Against Long View Man

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57-year-old Richard Raymond Hilton of 39th Street NW in Long View was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale of schedule II controlled substance, delivery of schedule II controlled substance, trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Hilton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 2).

20-year-old Marcus Wilcox Simmons of Bridget Lane in Sneads Ferry was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, sale of meth, and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Simmons was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 5).

43-year-old Carrie Medlin Brown of Hillcrest Drive in Claremont was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Brown was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 2).

Unemployment rates remained mostly steady across the Greater Hickory Metro and statewide according to the most recent report. The numbers were released Thursday (February 1) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect unemployment rates for December 2017.

Alexander County's unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, the same as in the previous report. Burke County's jobless rate dropped slightly to 4.2 percent from 4.3 percent in the November report. Caldwell County's unemployment rate is unchanged, holding steady at 4.5 percent, same as the previous month. Catawba County's jobless rate dipped to 4.1 percent from 4.2 percent in November.

The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent according to the December report. That is unchanged from the previous month. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 5th lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.  

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 in the previous report. Unemployment rates decreased in 56 counties, increased in 20, and remained unchanged in 24. Hyde County has North Carolina's highest unemployment rate at 10.6 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.4 percent.

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