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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:43

Tickets on Sale for HUB's production of "Fiddler"

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The Town of Hudson has announced that tickets for the upcoming dinner theatera production of “Fiddler on the Roof” will go on sale on Monday, August 11 at the Hudson Uptown Building (HUB). Show dates are Thursday through Saturday, October 16-18 and October 23-25.

“Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of a small Russian Jewish village, threatened by the crumbling of tradition from within and political pressure from without. The story is set in 1905 and revolves around a poor milkman named Tevye, his wife, Golde, and their five daughters, three of marrying age.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is one of the most beloved, longest running shows in Broadway history, with musical selections such as “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Do You Love Me?” and more.

The meal will be catered by the Dan’l Boone Inn. Tickets for dinner and the play are $30. Tickets for the show only are $15. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the show to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Performances will be staged in the HUB Auditorium at 145 Cedar Valley Road in Hudson. Tickets are available by calling 828-726-8871 or they may be purchased in person at the HUB during business hours.

The Hudson dinner theater is sponsored by the Town of Hudson and by the Hudson Community Development Association, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization.

43-year-old Angel Yvette Bruner of Burette Fox Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 2) on one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her arrest was connected to the arrest of 32-year-old Gary Wayne Romska, who was charged in connection to a break-in and larceny at Doug White Auto in Newton, as reported yesterday on WHKY. A tipster notified Police that Romska was on his way to the Wendy’s restaurant on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory.

When the vehicle arrived at the restaurant, Police took Romska, who was in the rear seat, into custody. As they did so, they checked for outstanding warrants on the vehicle’s driver and Angel Bruner, who was a front seat passenger.

Officers noticed Bruner attempting to conceal something in her purse. Police asked to see the purse, where they found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle turned up another bag in the trunk area containing a marijuana pipe and another pipe used for meth.

Bruner was taken into custody without incident. The driver was not charged.

Bruner was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (August 4). In Alexander County, Bruner also faces misdemeanor vehicular charges and misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and possession of stolen goods. Court dates there were set for today and for September 15.

42-year-old Marvin Clarence Chester of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir has been arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony failure to register as a sex offender, failure to appear and felony failure by a sex offender to register a change of address.

Chester is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1994 conviction in Caldwell County for indecent liberties with a minor.

He was jailed yesterday (August 4) in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $52,000, secured. Chester was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday in Lenoir.

Burke County Public Schools has made the top-five list of most productive public school systems in North Carolina. The Center for American Progress recently released the report, “A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity.” Updated from a similar study in 2011, the report rates the effectiveness of school districts and which systems get the best “bang for their buck.”

The report gave Burke County Public Schools a “1” for its “Basic Return on Investment.” The rating is the highest a school system can receive and indicates high student achievement coupled with low district per-pupil spending.

Of the 115 school districts in North Carolina, only 13 received a ranking of “1.” Burke County Public Schools is fifth on the state list below No. 1 Union County, No. 2 Davie County, No. 3 Mooresville City and No. 4 Surry County schools.

Burke County Public Schools received a mark of 83 on student achievement, meaning 83% of Burke County students scored proficient or above on reading and math tests in the fourth grade, eighth grade and in high school during the 2010-11 school year. The school system’s per-pupil spending in 2011 was $7,669.

34-year-old Sharman Howard Odom of West 17th Street in Newton made a first appearance in court yesterday (August 4) in Newton. Odom is charged with murder in connection to the death of 31-year-old Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” Daniels, who was a teacher and counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment in Newton on June 28.

In a news conference yesterday, Newton Police said Daniels died as a result of strangulation. They said there was a struggle prior to Daniels’ murder. Police do not believe there was any prior relationship between Odom and Daniels.

Odom was given a court-appointed attorney. He was arrested Saturday (August 2) in Winston Salem. Odom remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond with his next appearance in court scheduled for August 25.

Monday, 04 August 2014 15:03

Felony Meth Arrest in Lincoln County

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46-year-old Tony Ray Kirkland was arrested last Thursday (July 31) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; sale or delivery of meth and conspiracy to sell meth.

Kirkland was jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on August 12.

Monday, 04 August 2014 14:16

Lenoir Man Jailed on Multiple Drug Charges

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21-year-old Clarence Casey Chester of Parkview Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 3) on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

Chester was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.

41-year-old Crystal Michelle Gragg Jackson of Enlos Place in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (August 2) on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and injury to personal property. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $12,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (August 5) in Lenoir.

Monday, 04 August 2014 13:39

Hickory Woman Charged with Felony Assault

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58-year-old Wanda Sharon Holiday of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested early Saturday morning (August 2) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

She was arrested when Hickory Police responded at 3:25 a.m. to Holiday’s address in reference to a report of an assault with a knife. As Police arrived, they were flagged down by the victim, a 48-year-old Hickory woman. The victim had an injury to her left forearm.

The victim said Holiday and a male subject were walking when the victim approached from behind. An altercation ensured, during which Holiday allegedly pulled out a knife and cut the victim. The victim was able to I.D. her assailant.

Police called E.M.S., which transported the victim to Frye Regional Medical Center where she received stitches for her wound.

Within 20 minutes of the initial report, Holiday was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 4) in Newton.

20-year-old Robert Colon Finley of Jacktown Road in Marion and 32-year-old Heather Nichole Taylor of Summerset Park in Old Fort have each been charged by McDowell County Sheriff’s Capt. Ricky Crisp with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.

Capt. Crisp was in Old Fort at approximately 4 p.m. Friday when he received information regarding a suspicious man and a vehicle parked on Greenlee Road near the railroad tracks. The Captain responded and found a male and a female inside the car and a man standing outside.

The man inside the vehicle told Officer Crisp that the other man had just tried to rob him. The victim said Taylor, who was driving, briefly stopped the car on the side of the road and Finley came from the woods carrying a gun. Finley allegedly ordered Kelly to give him his money as Capt. Crisp arrived on the scene.

Old Fort Police Chief Melvin Lytle assisted Captain Crisp on the scene. An investigation confirmed that Finley and Taylor had conspired to rob the victim.

Finley was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond, while Taylor was given a $75,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 4).