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Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:03

H.P.D. to Hold Reduced-Cost Rabies Clinic

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The Hickory Police Department will hold a rabies clinic in the east front parking lot at Police Headquarters on Sunday, November 30 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The rabies clinic will offer reduced cost rabies vaccinations for $7 per animal. Those who participated in the program last year should bring their paperwork. Their pets could be eligible for the three-year vaccination for the same $7 fee.

Hickory Police Department Animal Control reminds pet owners the best way to protect pets and avoid the spread of rabies is to have them properly vaccinated.

Contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 to report any animals exhibiting abnormal behavior.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:06

Statesville Man Faces Additional Child Sex Charges

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38-year-old Joshua Maurice Young of Statesville has been arrested on 50 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 15 counts of first-degree sex offense with a child under 13. He was also charged last Friday (November 14) on two additional outstanding warrants for indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense with a child under 13.

On October 14, Statesville Police concluded an investigation into allegations against Young, a former employee at a now-closed child day care facility. In June, a victim came forward and reported incidents that occurred between 1995 and 1997 involving a caregiver at the Church of Today Day Care, which was located at 502 Brevard Street. The victim said Young was involved in inappropriate activity with the victim, who was then three to four years old.

An investigation turned up a prior allegation that was filed against Young in 1999. The victim in that incident recalled inappropriate activity with Young that occurred between 1994 and 1995 while she was three years old. Both victims reported similar incidents that occurred in the same part of the building. The District Attorney’s Office issued warrants for Young’s arrest.

On the morning of October 15, Young turned himself in at the Statesville Police Department.

The warrants that were served Friday were based on a continuing investigation by Investigators with Statesville’s Criminal Investigation Divisions. Those incidents occurred between 1997 and 2000 and involved a relative of Young’s. The incidents occurred in Young’s residence and were not associated with the day care facility.

Young has been confined in the Iredell County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance was set for December 1 with another court date on January 21.

Granite Falls’ Ninth Annual Festival on the Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Monday, November 24, in downtown Granite Falls.

The Festival will begin at 6:15 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to come early to see the 25 Christmas trees decorated by local school groups and civic organizations as part of the "Light Up Granite Falls" event.

Christmas music from local school choruses, school bands and the community choir will begin at 6:30 p.m. Several downtown businesses and faith-based organizations will have booths providing free refreshments and there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:34

Two Arrested for Vehicle Break-In; Credit Card Fraud

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23-year-old Jordan Alexander Steele and 24-year-old Nicholas Ryan Callahan, both of Rolling Hills Lane in Stanley, were arrested late yesterday (November 18) in connection to a vehicle break-in that occurred on November 6 on the 7900 block of Woodhill Cove Lane in Denver. Steele was charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count of possession of stolen goods, while Callahan was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods and financial transaction card fraud.

The men are accused of stealing a wallet containing credit cards & cash, a radar detector and an iPhone charging cable. The victim was notified by his bank that the cards had been used at several locations in the area, including Wal-Mart, Murphy’s Express and Wilco-Hess in Denver. An X-Box and games were purchased at Wal-Mart while various purchases were made at the two convenience stores.

On November 13, a Lincoln County Detective was leaving the manager’s office at Murphy’s Express and noticed one of the two persons suspected of making fraudulent purchases at the counter. The Detective called a patrol unit for assistance with the other suspect, who was near the gas pumps. Steele was taken into custody. Callahan was interviewed and released, but was later arrested on November 18.

Both men were taken to the Lincoln County Detention Center with bond for Steele set at $15,000, secured, while Callahan was released on a $25,000 secured bond. First appearances in Lincoln County District Court were scheduled for today (November 19).

23 public power communities across the state received ElectriCities 2014 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards honor outstanding efforts in key areas such as creating a competitive business environment, legislative involvement on public power issues, customer service programs and community energy efficiency promotion.

The Town of Granite Falls received five awards.

The Competitive Business Environment award recognizes efforts by the town to create a strong business climate, including economic development planning and community or regional partnering, an online economic development presence and focus on key accounts customers.

The Energy Efficiency award recognizes efforts by the town with energy-efficient building programs, energy education and energy audits.

The Financial Stability award recognizes customer options throughout the billing process, including: equal payment programs, alternate payment methods such as online billing and payment, credit card payments and multiple payment locations. The award also recognizes community partnerships to help customers in need and the implementation of new technology within the electric system.

The Legislative Involvement award recognizes town staff and officials' involvement in the legislative process on issues pertaining to public power. The award recognizes town officials actively engaging with their legislative delegation, participation in ElectriCities-sponsored events and involvement in the Public Power Grassroots Network.

The Service Excellence award recognizes outstanding efforts by the town to communicate with customers through advertisements, online resources, social media or other community-based methods. The award also addresses emergency communications and community public power celebrations.

ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. serves more than 70 North Carolina public power communities with municipally owned and operated electric systems serving more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in North Carolina.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:36

Parade and Tree Lighting Set for this Friday

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The Hickory Christmas Parade and tree lighting will take place this Friday, November 21.

At 5:30 p.m., the Lenoir-Rhyne Brass Ensemble will play under the Sails on the Square. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the intersection of North Center Street and Main Avenue N.E. All parade entries will be announced by Christmas Parade Hosts, City Manager Mick Berry and Deputy City Attorney Arnita Dula, who will be stationed by the red, green and white balloon arch over North Center Street near the water fountain in front of City Hall.

Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs and set them up in the blocked off parking spots along the railroad tracks on Main Avenue between 3rd Street N.W. and 2nd Street N.W. Bleachers will also be set up in the City Hall Parking lot on North Center Street.

Several groups will perform on 1st Avenue N.W. in front of the parking lot deck. James and Dorothy Best will serve as Grand Marshals for the Christmas Parade.

After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the Christmas Tree in downtown Hickory, then visit with children until 8:30 p.m. Rick Cline and Nathan Hefner will perform under the Sails on the Square after the parade until about 7:45 p.m. and then the Lenoir-Rhyne Percussion Ensemble will play until 8:30 p.m.

For a complete parade line up, go to www.HickoryNC.gov.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:27

Info Sought in Connection to July Break-In in Boone

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High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a break-in and larceny at New River Building Supply on Highway 105 South in Boone.

At 4:19 in the morning on Tuesday, July 29, an unknown white male broke a window and entered a warehouse door. The man removed various items from the store, including flashlights, drills, a saw and food items.

High Country Crime Stoppers is now offering a guaranteed $500 reward for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125 or call the Watauga Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-264-3761.

All information will be kept confidential.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:06

Morganton Man Accused of Breaking into Truck

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27-year-old Curtis Chase Clark of Hartland Road in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny of a firearm.

On November 6, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Chesterfield Family Restaurant on Johns River Loop in Morganton in reference to a vehicle break-in. The victim said his truck had just been broken into. An employee at the restaurant saw a possible suspect walking north on N.C. Highway 18 carrying a backpack that was stolen from the truck.

A Deputy made contact with a male subject, Curtis Clark, walking near the area of Hartland Road and Hidden Pines Drive. Clark denied any involvement with the incident. A Detective found a backpack on the ground, covered with a hooded sweatshirt. When the Detective told Clark his DNA would be on the sweatshirt, Clark began to cooperate and admitted that he had broken into the truck.

A pistol and other items were found in the backpack. Some of the victim’s property taken from the truck was also found on Clark’s person.

Clark was arrested and given a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on December 1 in Morganton.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:44

Christmas Concert Set for December 20 at H.C.T.

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Award-winning vocalist Jackie Finley; national recording artist Nathan Hefner; award-winning percussionist Rick Cline; Jennifer Canterbury, who recently played the lead role in “The Little Mermaid”; and Allen Finley will present their ninth annual Christmas concert. The event, entitled, “A Mancini Christmas Concert,” is scheduled for 8 p.m. on December 20 in the newly renovated Hickory Community Theatre.

The event will showcase music by composer Henry Mancini, such as “Moon River,” “The Pink Panther Theme,” “Peter Gunn” and “Days Of Wine & Roses,” as well as traditional Christmas music.

Jackie Finley has opened for country music stars Travis Tritt and Jo Dee Messina; performed at Nashville’s World-Famous Tootsie’s Orchid; won the 2007 NFDA Idol competition in Las Vegas; and holds six Kay Awards for acting at H.C.T. Hefner performed at Reece Witherspoon’s wedding and has opened for music star Patti Page.

Individual tickets are $22 and are available at the Hickory Community Theatre’s website, www.hickorytheatre.org or by calling 828-328-2283. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Finley Advertising at 828-324-6700 or 828-322-4738 or at nathanhefner.com.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:39

Two Burke County School Employees Abruptly Resign

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According to published reports, two high-level Burke County Public Schools employees have abruptly resigned. The two are assistant superintendent Milland Bradley and Jan Crump, director of human resources. Crump resigned Friday (November 14) and Bradley resigned Sunday (November 16).

A spokesperson for the Burke County Board of Education would confirm only that the two had voluntarily resigned. In consideration of employee confidentiality, no additional details were released. The two will not receive severance packages.

Bradley was hired as an assistant superintendent in July, 2012 and Crump was originally hired in August of 1994, serving in a number of roles until moving into the human resources director position in July 2012.