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33-year-old Amber Nichole Swanson of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (January 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with one count of cyberstalking. Following the arrest, Swanson was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Thursday (February 5).

Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:07

Drug Charges Filed Against Caldwell County Resident

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51-year-old Marty Lee Baker of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 28) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with simple possession of schedule four controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and fail to appear. Following the arrest, Baker was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 5.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:42

Authorities In Burke Arrest Man On Drug Charge

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36-year-old Billy Lamour Jones was arrested Wednesday (January 28) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Jones was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Wednesday (February 4).

As progress continues on the Enola Road widening project in Burke County, the N.C. Department of Transportation will implement a new traffic pattern on Enola Road beginning today (Thursday, January 29). The new traffic pattern will make Enola Road a partially divided roadway. Drivers will notice the portion from I-40 North to Brick Street will be median divided, and the side south of I-40 will have a painted center turn lane.

Previously, a two-lane, two-way pattern was in place on Enola Road. The $14.1 million project will widen 2.2 miles of Enola Road from Arnold Drive to South Sterling Street/N.C. 18 in Morganton. Once completed, the project will improve mobility through the area, which includes Broughton Hospital and the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center as well as three schools and several businesses. For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.

The Hiddenite Center was selected to receive the January 2015 monthly charitable contribution from JMS Southeast, Inc. and Statesville Process Instruments Inc. This generous contribution is part of the company’s program of giving direct monetary contributions to local charities in Iredell and Alexander Counties. Employees are encouraged to utilize the company owned snack machines in the building. Revenue from these snack sales is given away on a monthly basis. JMS and Statesville Process Instruments contributed over $370 in snack funds to The Hiddenite Center, a non-profit arts and cultural heritage organization providing classes, gallery exhibits, and performing arts programming for Alexander County and the Northwest North Carolina region.

Eddie Leach, JMS Southeast, Inc. employee, is shown presenting the donation to The Hiddenite Center’s Executive Director, Pete Woods. “On behalf of the Center’s Board of Directors and staff, it is my pleasure to accept this donation in support of the arts in our community. We appreciate the continued support of JMS Southeast, Inc. and Statesville Process Instruments and their employees,” said Woods. According to Suzanne Blackburn, JMS Southeast and Statesville Process Instruments is very proud to be able to make direct monetary contributions to local non-profit charities in Iredell and Alexander Counties. “This special program of giving offers a unique way for employees and corporations to contribute to organizations that make a difference in our community,” Woods went on to say. “We welcome the participation of like minded businesses in our area who may be inspired by this example and wish to initiate their own monthly charitable giving program.” To learn more about The Hiddenite Center’s mission and their ongoing arts events and cultural heritage programs, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com , search “Friends of The Hiddenite Center” on facebook, or call (828) 632-6966.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:06

CAPC Names New Executive Director

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The Board of the Children's Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County has announced the hiring of Nancy Hughes as the agency's new executive director. The public is invited to meet the new direct or at a reception to be held at 3-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the CAPC, located at 1007 First Avenue South in Conover.

Hughes has extensive experience in non-profit management and children's issues. Most recently, she served as a consultant to the Foundation For The Carolinas, researching and writing a comprehensive community needs assessment on childhood hunger in Mecklenburg County. From 2006 to 2013, she served as senior vice president of Child Care Resources Inc., a child care resource and referral agency in Charlotte. In this job, she served as liaison to the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services for the administration of its child care subsidy program as well as several other grant-funded early care and education initiatives. She also guided the creation and implementation of a three-year, state-wide project designed to deliver professional development and coaching to child care center directors on leadership and management best practices.

From 1998 to 2006, she served as the founding executive director of Partnership for Children of Johnston County. In this position, she directed implementation of the state-funded Smart Start and More at Four programs. Hughes has a master of public administration degree from N.C. State University and a bachelor of science degree in home economics/foods and nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In addition, she holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She has held many volunteer leadership positions related to business and child care in the communities where she has lived. Hughes grew up in Catawba County and is happy to continue her child advocacy career in the county she considers home.

Vickie Martin, chair of the CAPC Board said: "On behalf of the CAPC Board of Directors, we are excited to begin a new journey with Nancy. She is joining the CAPC at a time when leadership is vital to the ongoing operations of the organization. Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge in providing for the care of children. We are confident that she will integrate her previous involvement in the care of children and the management of nonprofit organizations into serving our organization’s needs. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship. "The CAPC works with law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, and Catawba County Social Services to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. The non-profit agency also provides several types of training related to child safety. For more information about the CAPC, go to catawbacountycac.org or call 828-465-9296.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:55

Newton Continues to be a "Tree City U.S.A."

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Newton has been designated as a “Tree City U.S.A.” in each of the past four years and is on its way to a fifth year of recognition this year.

Tree City U.S.A. began in 1976 as a bicentennial program through the National Arbor Day Foundation. The nationwide program provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.

Communities must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management to achieve Tree City U.S.A. status:

  • Maintain a tree board or department;
  • Have community tree ordinances;
  • Spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry; and
  • Celebrate Arbor Day.

More than 135 million people live in the 3,400 communities that participate in Tree City U.S.A.

On Monday (January 26), the N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) paid tribute to 28 of the department’s most dedicated and outstanding employees during its first annual DPS Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony, held in Apex, N.C., acknowledges DPS employees who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments. The Badge of Excellence program promotes department-wide recognition that acknowledges and celebrates employees' impactful contributions to the overall goals and mission of the department, North Carolina state government and to North Carolinians. Employees are nominated for the award by other DPS employees including their supervisors, co-workers and subordinates.

Among those receiving recognition for Public Service & Volunteerism was Burke County Correctional Officer Darris Williams. Williams works in the support section at the Marion Correctional Institution. As the intelligence representative for his housing unit, Williams spent many hours outside of his shift working to track and validate the activities of gang-affiliated inmates. Last spring he was named the Marion Facility’s Intelligence Officer.

Williams also excels in volunteer work in the community. A former standout high school football player, he has served as president of the Forest City youth football program and vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Youth Football & Cheer Conference.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 13:27

Forgery Charges Filed Against Catawba County Man

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31-year-old Christopher Gene Crawford of 20th Avenue Drive Northeast in Hickory was arrested today (Wednesday, January 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Crawford was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A first appearance in court was scheduled for today.

As progress continues on the Enola Road widening project in Burke County, the N.C. Department of Transportation will implement a new traffic pattern on Enola Road beginning Thursday (January 29). The new traffic pattern will make Enola Road a partially divided roadway. Drivers will notice the portion from I-40 North to Brick Street will be median divided, and the side south of I-40 will have a painted center turn lane.

Previously, a two-lane, two-way pattern was in place on Enola Road. The $14.1 million project will widen 2.2 miles of Enola Road from Arnold Drive to South Sterling Street/N.C. 18 in Morganton. Once completed, the project will improve mobility through the area, which includes Broughton Hospital and the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center as well as three schools and several businesses. For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.