Catawba County is ready to launch it's new mobile library, it's called "Library to Go." For many months, the library staff has been working behind the scenes to prepare for the roll-out. It's essentially a traveling location of the Catawba County Library which brings empowering services and resources from within the library walls and into communities that need them the most.
The Library to Go features lots of colorful graphics and is equipped with computers, solar panels, an awning, exterior lighting, and wireless access points. When it arrives for a visit, library workers will unload it and set up bookshelves, work tables, technologies, lounging spaces, and play and learning areas – creating a temporary, ever-changing library space designed for interactive learning and exploration.
To kick off the launch of the Library to Go, a ribbon cutting will be held at noon on Thursday, November 29 at the Newton Recreation Center at 23 South Brady Avenue, on the lower level. The interactive spaces will be set up for viewing and tours, and everyone is invited to the event.
For more details about this new exploration station, visit the Library to Go page, where you can also fill out a request for a visit to your non-profit organization or community event.
41-year-old Clarence Thomas Waycaster of West Avenue NW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Waycaster was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 3.
40-year-old Joshua Alan English of Northwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. English was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 3.
33-year-old Neil Randall Cuthbertson was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying an antitheft device. Cuthbertson was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $1,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 28.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (November 20). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. A public hearing was held and City Council approved closing a portion of “E” Avenue SE, as petitioned by Catawba County. Following another public hearing, City Council approved a street improvement project for curb and gutter along a portion of 4th Street NW.
Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented an update on Trivium Corporate Center. City Council approved an agreement for professional services with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. for master planning services related to Trivium Corporate Center.
City Manager Warren Wood mentioned that Hickory Police Department offers information about resources and programs available to help the homeless. Mr. Wood and Council also mentioned the great turnout for the Christmas parade and tree lighting last week.
41-year-old Tyrone Christian Schmid of SW Emerald Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Schmid was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
49-year-old Tony Jerome Odum Sr. was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with murder.
Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a 911 call from 105-A Ross Street. The caller, later identified as Emanuel Odum, reported an argument with his father who had a gun. As Officers responded they were notified that shots had been fired and the caller was wounded.
When officers arrived they found 27-year-old Emanuel Forrest Odum shot in the chest lying in the driveway. The victim was taken to CHS Morganton where he was pronounced deceased. According to a news release, further investigation revealed that Emanuel Odum was shot with a rifle inside the trailer. Authorities identified Tony Jerome Odum Sr., Emanuel's father, as the shooter. The NC State Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation and processing of the scene.
Odum was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 21).
40-year-old Jerry Wayne Williams of 17th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony probation violation and one count of misdemeanor probation violation. Williams was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 26.
42-year-old Eric Scott Hefner of 16th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (November 20) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Hefner was charged with misdemeanor larceny and driving while license revoked.
Events leading to Hefner’s arrest began yesterday when Hickory Police were notified of a larceny at Tractor Supply Co. on Highway 70 S.E. The suspect vehicle was identified as a white KIA that had been reported stolen in Morganton.
Officers saw the KIA on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle sped away. The vehicle was then spotted at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. Hefner was taken into custody without further incident at 1:35 p.m. at the hotel.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and on January 24.
25-year-old Garan Colby Wilburn of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:45 yesterday afternoon (November 19) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Wilburn was in possession of 56 grams (approximately two ounces) of marijuana at the time of his arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. No bond amount was listed, and Wilburn was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this afternoon. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
39-year-old J.D. Elliott Vanhorn, Jr. of Dirty Ankle Road in Lawndale was served a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (November 19) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants for his arrest were issued on September 17 in Catawba County.
Vanhorn was taken into cusody without incident off of the McDonald Parkway N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,600, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
A missing man from Gaston County was found deceased in Blowing Rock at about 5:15 p.m. last Friday (November 16). The deceased is 72-year-old Milton J. Hayes from Bessemer City.
On Friday, Blowing Rock Police Officers and personnel with Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue and Watauga Medics responded to a report that someone had fallen on Greenhill Road in Blowing Rock. First responders found Mr. Hayes' body off of an embankment.
Mr. Hayes was reported missing to Gaston County Police the previous day (November 15). The Medial Examiner's preliminary investigation indicated that Mr. Hayes may have died 10-to-12 hours prior to the time his body was discovered by a resident in the area.
The vehicle driven by Mr. Hayes, a Maroon 2010 Chevy HHR, was found by Blowing Rock Police Sunday morning (November 18). The vehicle was located on a heavily wooded private drive off of George Blagg Lane in Blowing Rock. The Chevy had run through a split rail fence and was stuck off of the driveway. It was approximately a quarter mile from the location where Mr. Hayes' was found Friday evening.
Investigators believe that Mr. Hayes may have become disoriented and confused when he ran off the driveway and left the safety of his vehicle during an ice storm Thursday night. The investigation is ongoing.
Blowing Rock Police are working with the North Carolina Medical Examiner to determine the cause of Mr. Hayes’ death.
44-year-old Terry Lynn Snipes was arrested Monday (November 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and felony possession of weapon by a felon. Snipes was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $65,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (November 21).
29-year-old Christopher Bernard Cabinet of NE Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest. Cabinet was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 20).