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The musical ‘Les Miserables” uses an ensemble of eight singer/actresses, playing multiple roles, to form a dynamic background for the epic action of the play.

In the Hickory Community Theatre production of the mega musical this ensemble includes Heather Baynes, Maietta Burke, Linda LR Campbell, Joan Coppinger, Helena Hoyle, Emma Lee Kurts, Jen Wilson and Beth Woodard.

Collectively they bring almost a century of theatrical experience to the more than fifty roles they play. Those colorful characters include the desperately poor of Paris, factory workers, street walkers, rabble rousers, party carousers, elegant wedding guests, and all the other characters who set the tone for the musical and enliven its scenes.

To set them apart, costumer Christie Branch has created dozens of “looks” for the characters. Sometimes it is done with an entire costume change, sometimes with costume pieces added.

In an ironic twist, the most elaborate costumes for the ladies’ ensemble, their wedding guest gowns, are only worn five minutes.

Appearing as they do in most of the “Les Miserables” scenes, the ensemble clocks more time on stage than many of the principals. And they find that level of participation satisfying.

Performances of “Les Miserables” are May 9-June 1 2014 in the Jeffers Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at the Theatre box office, which is open Tue-Sat from 12-5pm. Tickets may be purchased in person, by phone at (828) 328-2283 or online at hickorytheatre.org.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. “Les Miserables” is produced by Alex Lee, Inc.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:36

Hickory Man Charged with Assault; D.W.I.

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37-year-old Jonathan Ray Randles of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 4:30 yesterday morning (April 22) on misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, D.W.I., an open container violation and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Hickory Police were called to the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. A 33-year-old Lenoir woman told Police she had been out drinking with Randles, who she said is the father of her unborn child.

She said the two returned to the hotel when an argument ensued and Randles allegedly hit the victim in the stomach. The argument escalated when she attempted to call for help. Someone in an adjacent room reported the fight.

Randles left the hotel and was stopped on the 400 block of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory where he was charged with the alcohol-related offenses. The 1993 Chevrolet Caprice he was driving was impounded.

The victim was checked out by E.M.S. personnel, but she refused to be transported to a hospital. Her injuries were described in Police reports as minor.

Randles has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on May 15 & 21, both in Hickory.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:20

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow

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Early voting in The Unifour starts tomorrow (April 24).

Early voting sites in Catawba County include the Newton Main Library, the Highland Recreation Center, the Southwest Library Branch on Highway 127 South and the Sherrills Ford Fire & Rescue headquarters.

In Caldwell County, early voting will be held at the Caldwell County office building, the Granite Falls Recreation Center and at the Caldwell County Public Library in Lenoir.

Early voting sites in Burke County are at the Burke County Board of Elections office, 2138 South Sterling Street in Morganton; at the Burke Senior Center, 501 North Green Street in Morganton; and at the Rutherford College Town Hall, 980 Malcolm Boulevard in Rutherford College.

And, in Alexander County, early voting will take place at the Board of Elections office and at the Bethlehem Community Fire & Rescue Department.

Early voting will run from April 24 to May 3. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 6.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:03

Wig Walk will Benefit Wig Bank of Caldwell County

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A Wig Walk to benefit the Wig Bank of Caldwell County will be held on Saturday, May 10 along the Lenoir Greenway Trail. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the local wig bank.

Participants are encouraged to walk for Macie Knight, the daughter of Lori Braswell, a former, long-time Communities In Schools Site Coordinator at South Caldwell High School. Macie has cancer and Communities In Schools is sponsoring a walk in her honor.

The event will begin at the United Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennell Street N.E. in Lenoir. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The walk and fun run will start at 10 a.m. with a wig contest at 11:30 a.m.

Early registration is $20 and is available at the Member’s Credit Union, 1501-A Norwood Street in Lenoir. Registration on May 10 is $25 and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information, call the Member’s Credit Union at 828-757-3299 or the Wig Bank of Caldwell County at 828-726-9111.

Catawba County Social Services is encouraging residents to donate to the Grace McLeod Fund. The fund assists low-income elderly or disabled persons served by the county’s Adult Services Programs. The Grace McLeod Fund is maintained through donations from the public.

Items purchased through the fund are limited to $50 or less and are not covered by Medicaid or any other source. Examples of items purchased include a basket for a walker, a blood pressure monitor or a "grabber" that allows a person in a wheelchair to reach items on a high shelf. In one case, the fund was used to buy an electric can opener for a county resident with severe arthritis.

Grace McLeod, after whom the fund is named, began working at Catawba County Social Services in 1985 as a Social Worker and Community Alternatives Program case manager, helping elderly and disabled citizens remain at homes rather than moving to nursing homes. In 1993, she was promoted to manager of the Adult Services Program. Under her leadership, the division grew to include 60 employees and more than 20 different programs.

Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so online by visiting www.catawbacountync.gov/dss and clicking on the red "Donate Now" button. Select the Grace McLeod Adult Services Fund from the drop-down menu.

For more information, contact Rodney Franklin at 828-695-5619 or rodney@catawbacountync.gov.

54-year-old Donna Thomas Harris of Kristen Lane in Hudson was arrested by Hudson Police Monday (April 21). She was charged with homicide.

Hudson Police were called to the Kristin Lane residence Monday after they were told that someone had been stabbed. Officers arrived on the scene and found the victim, 58-year-old William Daniel Harris, outside the residence. He had been stabbed at least once in the chest.

An investigation revealed that Donna Harris, the victim’s wife, was the suspect. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist.

Donna Harris was taken into custody and placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center without bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 23) in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 06:53

Morganton Named to N.C.'s List of 50 Safest Cities

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The City of Morganton was named one of the 50 safest cities in North Carolina by SafeWise, a security systems company.  

To make the list of the "50 Safest Cities in North Carolina," a city had to have a population of over 5,000 as of 2012.  The rankings are based on the most recent FBI crime report, combined with the company's own independent examination.

SafeWise analyzed violent crimes (consisting of aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder and robbery) as well as property crimes (consisting of arson, burglary, larceny or theft and motor vehicle theft).  SafeWise then calculated the chance that a crime would occur per each 1,000 residents, thus accounting for different populations in each city.

According to SafeWise, Morganton's violent crime rate is 3.04 per 1,000 and the property crime rate is 9.13 per 1,000.

For more information and a look at the complete list, click here.

37-year-old Jason Lee Nations of Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 21) by Lenoir Police for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Nations was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

30-year-old Steven Wayne Edwards of N.E. Carolina Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County yesterday (April 21) for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Edwards is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2013 larceny conviction in Ashe County.

He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

33-year-old Julie Ann Hilton of Horseshoe Bend Road in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 21) on charges of misdemeanor larceny and failure to appear on a probation violation. Hilton is on probation following a July 2013 conviction in Caldwell County for worthless checks. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Hilton was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.