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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 09:25

Shelby Plant Purchased By Burke County Company

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(News release from Valdese Weavers)

It was announced this week that the fabric company Dicey Mills of Shelby has been purchased by Valdese Weavers. The company, which has four facilities in Burke County, will close the Shelby plant and move its operations to Valdese.

Michael Shelton, president and CEO of Valdese Weavers announced in a company news release that his company will begin the integration of Dicey immediately, with the expected completion of an orderly and deliberate transition of the Dicey business into the company's facilities in Valdese by the end of December 2015. Valdese Weavers did not purchase the Dicey factory in Shelby. "Along with the asset purchase, we have negotiated a transition services agreement for the right to operate in the Shelby facility as needed until the end of the year. This will help to ensure a seamless integration and high level of service to all Dicey customers during the transition. Further, Valdese Weavers intends to offer employment to as many as possible of the highly skilled artisans who currently work for Dicey Mills," according to Shelton.


"The addition of the Dicey fabric line complements the existing Valdese Weavers' brands unique style very well. It will extend the breadth of our product diversity and market reach by utilizing different yarn systems and weave techniques that achieve the specific Dicey look. And while Dicey's fabrics are somewhat different in nature to our current mix of products, technically they are remarkably compatible and therefore will integrate nicely into our vertical manufacturing operations in Valdese," Shelton said.

Dicey Mills was founded in 1956 by Paul M. Neisler Sr., and has been owned and operated by the Neisler family since its inception. The current management of the company and primary shareholders have been brothers David C. Neisler, W. Hayne Neisler and H. Parks Neisler. Parks Neisler has headed up sales and marketing functions at Dicey for many years, and will join Valdese Weavers to help lead the creation of the new Dicey Fabrics brand of Valdese Weavers, and the sales effort. "I have known the Neisler family for a long time, and have had the utmost respect for Dicey Mills," said Shelton. "For several years, I worked alongside Henry Neisler on industry trade and regulatory issues in conjunction with the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and the National Textile Association, through which I gained tremendous regard for him and the well- respected company he and his brother Charles had developed." Henry was the father of David, Hayne and Parks Neisler. Shelton further stated, "I am extremely happy that Parks Neisler will be joining Valdese Weavers and become an integral part of our team as we move forward into a new era for Dicey."

"Our intention is to apply all the necessary resources to the Dicey Fabrics brand to fully realize the potential that we believe exists for the fabrics that Dicey is well known for, and couple that with the reputation for industry leading quality and service that Valdese Weavers represents. Our hope is that we will properly honor the legacy of Dicey Mills, and the Neisler family, through our future development of their rich heritage," Shelton stated.


On behalf of the Neisler family, Parks Neisler said, "Dicey is excited about becoming part of an outstanding company like Valdese Weavers. Like us, they are a family business with deep roots in the textile industry and we look forward to growing the Dicey Fabrics brand with them in the years ahead."

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 06:51

Man Arrested in Burke on Larceny By Employee Charge

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44-year-old Michael James Chapman was arrested by authorities in Burke County Tuesday (January 6) and charged with felony larceny by employee. Following the arrest, Chapman was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 7.)

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 06:32

Public School Choice Fair Scheduled for Today

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(News release from Hickory Public Schools)

During a time in education when families are considering the best options for their children, public education in Catawba County flourishes with an abundant list of accelerated and specialized programs—all designed to meet the needs and goals of the individual student.

The public has the chance to learn about the options in public education through the second annual Public School Choice Fair, scheduled for today from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the CVCC Student Center. The open house is a “drop-in” family event, free of charge. Families from throughout Catawba County and beyond are encouraged to attend.

Whether a high school student is seeking studies in public safety, graphic design, theory of knowledge, project-based technology or college credit to help ease the expense of higher education while gaining forward steps, students and their families may consider applying to any of the programs across the county.

The exceptional programs, offered as a collaborative effort among all three school systems within Catawba County (Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools), are tailored to meet the aspirations of students who seek opportunities beyond the traditional environment.

“There is a collaborative spirit among the three school district superintendents, Dr. Dan Brigman, Dr. Walter Hart and Dr. David Stegall,” said CVCC President, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. “They have expressed their ability to think outside the box, creating excellent venues of education for all.”

Working closely with Catawba County Manager, Tom Lundy and the Board of Commissioners of Catawba County, the three school systems and CVCC have received continual financial support to enhance the programs and upgrade facilities for these specialized programs.

“We are fortunate to have such strong backing from the County Commissioners—as their provisions have positioned our school systems and CVCC to jointly offer significant partnerships to benefit all students,” said Hinshaw.

The specialized programs are open to all county students (through application)—no matter a student’s residentially-assigned school:

Challenger Early College High School

     (Based with Catawba County Schools and located on the campus of CVCC)

Discovery High School

     (Based with Newton-Conover City Schools)

Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM)

     (Based with Hickory Public Schools)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)

    (Based with Hickory Public Schools and located at Hickory High School)

Challenger Early College High School is a prime example of the efforts to remove clocks and calendars as barriers to student performance. In partnership with CVCC, students from all three school systems in Catawba County, as well as Alexander County, have access to their high school diploma and up to two years of a college education, free of charge. 

Hickory Career and Arts Magnet High School, also known as HCAM, offers college-level courses taught by CVCC instructors—on the HPS remodeled campus (the former College Park Middle School).  The students are preparing for career and technical licensing through their studies in eight different academies at HCAM including Acting, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dance, Forensics, Advertising & Graphic Design, Photography, and Public Safety (Firefighting/EMT).

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) offered at Hickory High School is open to students from throughout Catawba County. The curriculum is developed as a standard on an international, competitive level.  When the seniors take their exams, the exams will be the same exams distributed in such countries as Japan, the United Kingdom, and Poland—actually, more than 140 countries. Required courses range from IB English to IB Individuals and Societies, while IB electives include such courses as IB Psychology and IB Music, among others.

The doors at Discovery High are open to students who seek an education that offers problem-based and inquiry-based learning. The technology-rich curriculum engages students with instruction that offers a strong teacher to student ratio—with learning as the number one priority. The problem-based learning emphasized at Discovery, originates with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) model approach to education.


With the collaboration of all three school systems in Catawba County, finding ‘choice’ for public education is not an issue, according to Hinshaw. “In fact, the opportunity to choose from diverse, specialized educational programs—is tremendous,” he said.

63-year-old Roger Dale Smith of Ray McGalliard Road, Morganton, was arrested Tuesday (January 6) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, driving while impaired, and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Smith was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. 

36-year-old Terry William Dorsey of Midland Avenue, Charlotte, was arrested Tuesday (January 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with burning personal property, domestic violence protection order violation, and misdemeanor probation violation. Following the arrest, Dorsey was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 12).

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 05:37

SC Woman Charged With Aid and Abet Larceny

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25-year-old Shelley Carol Pettigrew of Battery Circle, Clover, South Carolina, was arrested Tuesday (January 6) by the Catawba Police Department. She’s charged with aid and abet felony larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Pettigrew was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 7.) 

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 05:33

Officials Offer Tips to Deal With Cold Snap

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Catawba County Emergency Management has received questions about extremely cold weather expected beginning Wednesday night and Thursday morning and what kinds of actions citizens should consider taking. The National Weather Service forecast for Catawba County for Thursday, January 8, 2015, calls for temperatures in the range of 10 degrees Fahrenheit for a low early Thursday, with a high around 30. Winds are predicted to be strong during the day on Wednesday, January 7 and around 10 miles per hour in evening but are predicted to become light on Thursday.

Tips on how to dress during cold weather:

• Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.

• Wear a hat, because 40% of your body heat can be lost from your head.

• Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.

• Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.

• Try to stay dry and out of the wind.

Wind chill could become a factor on Thursday morning. If the temperature is 12 degrees and winds are 9 miles per hour, then wind chill will feel like 0 degrees. While this wind chill range does not fall into the scientific range of frostbite for a 30 minute or shorter exposure, frostbite risk depends on how someone is dressed and whether or not they are wet.  “Wind chill is what the temperature ‘feels like’ outside and is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold,” said Karyn Yaussy, Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator. “As the wind increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate causing the skin temperature to drop. Wind chill does not impact inanimate objects like car radiators and exposed water pipes, because these objects cannot cool below the actual air temperature.”

• A Wind Chill Warning means wind chill temperatures are life threatening.

• A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chill temperatures are potentially hazardous.

Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing body tissue. The most susceptible parts of the body are the extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose. Symptoms include a loss of feeling in the extremity and a white or pale appearance. Medical attention is needed immediately for frostbite. The area should be slowly re-warmed. Hypothermia is abnormally low body temperature (below 95 degrees Fahrenheit). Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. Medical attention is needed immediately. “Don’t forget that family pets are cold sensitive, too,” Yaussy said. “Make sure they spend only limited time outdoors when temperatures drop. If they are outdoors, dogs and cats need access to a protected, draft free shelter that is large enough for your pet to turn around and lie down but small enough to hold in their body heat. They need access to drinking water that is not frozen and may need extra food to compensate for the extra calories burned when they are cold.” These guidelines are for your information, but we also urge you to stay on top of changing weather conditions by monitoring local TV/radio stations (Charlotte or Hickory) or an internet source such as the National Weather Service,” Yaussy added. 

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 05:31

More Information on Plane Crash Tuesday in Long View

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Four people were injured and transported to the hospital when a plane crashed in Long View Tuesday. The crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. near the Hickory Regional Airport and involved a single-engine plane. The plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza which seats six. Four people were on board at the time of the crash. Officials say the pilot was airlifted from the scene with serious injuries. The other three on board were injured but are expected to be okay. According to reports, one of the people on board the plane, which was en route to Greenville-Spartanburg, told officials that the plane's engine quit right after takeoff when the aircraft was about 300 feet in the air. The pilot attempted to bring the plane back in and reports say was able to just miss several houses before crashing into a tree. The names of the people on board have not been released. Federal officials were scheduled to return to the scene today at first light to continue their investigation.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:02

Plane Crashes in Longview (Updated)

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A small plane is confirmed down in Longview near the Cape Hickory Road area by the Catawba County/Burke County Line. All four people on the plane have been transported to the hospital. The Fire Marshall says the FAA was scheduled to be at the scene Tuesday night to investigate. The plane is a Beechcraft bonanza and seats 6. Officials were at the scene directing traffic in that area. WHKY'S Fentress Chestnut is on the scene. She reports a child was among the four who were involved, no names have been released. We will have more details on this developing story as they become available. Meanwhile, follow Fentress Chestnut on Twitter: @Fentresswhky14.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:29

Hickory Man Faces Felony Crack Cocaine Charge

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31-year-old Marcus Dale Thomas of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 5) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas was taken into custody at about 10 p.m. last night without incident in the vicinity of the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. In his possession were eight crack rocks weighing 1.4 grams, four 10 mg Oxycodone pills and three 1 mg Alprazolam pills.

Following his arrest, Thomas was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $10,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.