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State officials want to hear from the public on what local projects should be priorities in the state's next 10-year transportation plan, called the State Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP. Data and local input are used to determine which projects get built based on a funding formula aimed at reducing congestion, increasing safety and promoting economic growth.

The department's 14 local transportation divisions are accepting input on division-level projects, which are one of three categories in which projects are funded. Information on the process and how and when to comment is available on the NCDOT’s 2020-2029 STIP Development website. You can also see details on the projects in each area at this website. Once on the site, scroll down to the Next Steps section to find the public comment opportunities for your area.

The public comment period is now underway for the three divisions containing counties in the Hickory Metro area. Division 11 includes Caldwell, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, and Yadkin Counties. Division 12 covers Catawba, Alexander, Lincoln, Iredell, Cleveland, and Gaston Counties. Division 13 includes Burke, Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey Counties. The public comment period runs now through next Friday, October 5.

You can submit your comments via email, mail, or phone using the associated contact information listed online. You may also be able to visit the division office if that option is offered in your area. The draft plan is scheduled to be released for public comment in January 2019, and adopted by the N.C. Board of Transportation at its summer monthly meeting. You can get full details by going to

Friday, 28 September 2018 04:56

New Name Added To Burke Most Wanted List

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A new name was recently added to the Burke County most wanted list.

32-year-old David Wade Shuping is wanted by authorities in Burke County on a charge of fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Shuping's last known address was 2528 Woodburn Drive in Valdese. He was added to the Burke County most wanted list on September 21.

Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of 49-year-old Sheila Hollifield Kirby. She's wanted on a charge of probation violation. Kirby's last known address was 1855 Hilferty Road in Hickory. She was added to the most wanted list on August 3.

44-year-old Craig Herman Lytle is also among the names on the Burke County most wanted list. He's also wanted on a charge of probation violation. Lytle's last known address was 2116 Highway 126 in Morganton. He was also added to the list on August 3.

You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

30-year-old Melinda Sue Mullinax of Jennifer Lane in Claremont was arrested Thursday (September 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Mullinax was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 28).

Friday, 28 September 2018 04:28

Burke County Authorities Seeking Missing Man

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Authorities are seeking information on a missing man. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing person and spoke with the family members of 36-year-old Jason Edward Shuford of Spann Hill in Connelly Springs. Mr. Shuford was last seen on August 27, 2018, in the Icard area of Burke County.

Mr. Shuford is a white male, 5'7", 180 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red T-Shirt. Anyone with information about Jason Shuford’s whereabouts is asked to call the Burke County Emergency Communications Center’s non-emergency number of 828-438-5500 or call Morganton-Burke CrimeStoppers at 828-437-3333.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:31

Reported Armed Robbery Under Investigation

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On Wednesday, (September 26) at approximately 11:30 p.m., Hickory Police responded to CVS Pharmacy at 1504 2nd Street NE in reference to an armed robbery. During the robbery, the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the property.

The suspect is described as being a black male, approximately 5’7”, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and black and white shoes. Additionally, the suspect utilized a gray cloth to cover his face. Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Darren Bailey directly at 828-261-2687 or

32-year-old Joshua Clayton Anthony was arrested Wednesday (September 26) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony common law robbery and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Anthony was arrested at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday an address on Foxfire Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (September 28).

61-year-old David Wayne Cates was arrested this morning (September 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Cates is also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Cates was arrested shortly after midnight this morning at an address on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton and placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Friday (September 28).

30-year-old Tony Allen Dewey and 30-year-old Jennifer Michelle McMichael, both of the same Orchard Lane, Lenoir address, were arrested Tuesday (September 25) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They're each charged with felony breaking and entering. Bond for both suspects was set at $5,000 secured. They each have District Court appearances scheduled for October 11.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 05:11

Meth Possession Charge Lodged Against Conover Man

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41-year-old Robert Jay Frye of Atherstone Street NW in Conover was arrested Tuesday (September 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. he's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Frye was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for October 17.

55-year-old Robert Keith Ross of Manley Clark Road in Morganton was arrested last Wednesday, September 19, by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued yesterday (September 26), he's charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substances and possession of counterfeit currency. In Addition, Ross is charged with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

In August 2018, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives investigated a complaint of drug activity at 5533 Manley Clark Road in Morganton. Last Wednesday, Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Morganton Department of Public Safety and DEA served a search warrant on the residence.

Multiple people were detained within the residence after entry was made by detectives. A crystal-like substance consistent in appearance with methamphetamine was seized along with several items of drug paraphernalia, and counterfeit US currency.

Following his arrest, Ross received a $25,000 secured bond and was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He remained in jail as of earlier today (September 27). District Court appearances are scheduled for October 10, October 12, and October 22.

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