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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:07

Rhodhiss Names New Town Manager

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The Town of Rhodhiss announced today (Wednesday, September 14) that they have hired Ben Turnmire as it's next Town Manager.  Town Council voted unanimously last night (Tuesday, September 13) to appoint Turnmire as Town Manager. A news release said that Turnmire will begin serving sometime later this month or in early October. Turnmire was selected from a list of 28 applicants from across the region, state and country. Applicants from as far as California, Texas and Georgia applied for the position.

Turnmire served recently as a management intern in Valdese and also in Knightdale. Turnmire is a graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU) with a B.S. in Political Science and is a candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree at ASU. It also helps that Turnmire is a native of Caldwell County and graduated from South Caldwell High School.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted the Town with the search process. The WPCOG is regional planning, service and economic development agency that is owned by and serves the 28 local governments in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 09:59

Catawba County Schools Hires New Superintendent

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The Catawba County Schools Board of Education has hired Dr. Matthew Stover as the new Superintendent for Catawba County Schools (CCS). Dr. Stover will take office on November 1. He was chosen from a field of 24 candidates.

Dr. Stover’s career in public education has spanned more than 15 years in North Carolina. He currently serves as Associate Superintendent of the Lincoln County Schools, a role he has filled since 2013. Prior to his current position, Dr. Stover served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Lincoln County Schools from 2011-2013. He also served as an assistant principal (2003-2007) and principal (2007-2011) in Lincoln County. He began his career in public education as a high school teacher and coach in Cleveland County.

Dr. Stover has a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He also attended Gardner-Webb University where he obtained a master’s degree in school administration in 2003 and a doctorate in educational leadership in 2009.

Dr. Stover and his wife, Melia, have two sons.

22-year-old Lexxus Rakieth Harper of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering. Harper was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, September 15).

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 06:10

"Caldwell Is Hiring" To Be Held Thursday In Lenoir

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The 13th Caldwell is Hiring will feature 49 companies offering a total of more than 1,800 jobs. The event will be held Thursday (September 15) from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

Companies attending include Labor Connections, Caldwell UNC Health Care, Bemis, Hickory Springs, Fiserv, Leviton, Bernhardt Furniture, Lee Industries, Catawba Valley Staffing,  Bayada,   Sealed Air, Convergys, and many more. Several of the companies attending currently have 50 or more jobs available.

For more information on tomorrow's Caldwell is Hiring event go to

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 06:04

Missing Man Returns Home, Runaway Teenager Sought

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives located a missing 66-year-old man who disappeared on Sunday (September 11).  Charles Michael Shepard was found in Gaston County and is in good condition.

Detectives are currently looking for a juvenile who ran away from DSS custody on September 4. DSS workers say 14-year-old Tipton Lamar Jones was last seen with his biological father, Travis Jones who lives on Highway 27 West.

The juvenile, who is also known as T.J., is five feet- three inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.  

Anyone with information about Tipton Lamar (T. J.) Jones whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 05:53

Claremont Man Charged With Statutory Rape

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30-year-old Thomas Adam Strider of Boggs Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (September 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a child. Following the arrest, Strider was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 14).

As technology enthusiasts line up to get the latest smartphones, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper reminds consumers to take precautions to keep personal information stored on mobile phones secure.

In a news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Justice, Cooper offers tips to protect personal information on smartphones:

Keep your smartphone locked.  Set a passcode, pin or pattern on your home screen so if someone finds your phone they can’t access your applications or private information. Then set your phone to lock automatically after a certain period of idle time.

Be cautious when downloading apps. Only download apps from trusted sources and make sure to check the ratings. Apps from untrusted sources may contain malware which can steal your personal information and install viruses onto your phone. Be sure to read the fine print to find out what access the app will have, such as access to photos and contacts.  

Use wireless wisely. Connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots can cut down on your data usage but it’s important to make sure the network is secure. If you are using a Wi-Fi network at a restaurant or library, ask an employee the name of the wireless network instead of guessing. Criminals will use a legitimate sounding name like “coffeeshop-guest” to lure unsuspecting users to a wireless network they have set up to steal your personal information. Don’t conduct sensitive business or banking transactions via public Wi-Fi.

Don’t save passwords.  Logout of websites and apps when you are done.  Be cautious about allowing apps to save your username and password, especially banking sites or sites where your credit or debit card information may be stored.

Turn off GPS function. Geolocation software pinpoints your exact location using your phone’s GPS latitude and longitude data. Many apps use this software to allow you to check in at a location or tag your whereabouts in pictures. While you may want to enable GPS for mapping or weather apps, use privacy settings to turn it off for photos and social media. Criminals may troll social networking sites and can use information about your location to target you.

Turn on tracking. If included in your phone, enable the tracking feature that lets you find your phone’s location if it is lost or stolen. Most tracking features also allow you to wipe, or permanently delete, sensitive information from your phone remotely.

Back up your smartphone. Your smartphone contains a lot of data—photos, messages, documents, contacts—that you’ll want to be able to retrieve if anything happens to your phone. Options for backing up your data vary depending on your phone’s operating system and your mobile service provider. Research your storage options and then set up a way to save important smartphone data to the cloud or another device.

Wipe data before you part with your old phone.  Since your smartphone has personal information stored on it, be sure to permanently erase pictures, contacts and other information. Wipe the internal memory so there is no trace of any personal information remaining. It’s also a good idea to restore the phone to the original default settings so your information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Three suspects have been charged with manufacturing meth at a Cadlwell County home. Officers responded to a residence on Barlowe Place in Lenoir after receiving complaints about meth being cooked at the home.

27-year-old Joshua Lewis Hall of Stillwater Road in Boomer, 29-year-old Amanda Jean Tillman of NW Vance Street in Lenoir, and 29-year-old Joseph Earnest Berry IV of 2924 Barlowe Place in Lenoir were all arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Ice Unit Officers and charged with one count felonious manufacturing methamphetamine. Two additional suspects were interviewed and were not charged. When they arrived at the scene, Officers saw what they believed was a “shake and bake” type lab located behind the residence in plain view.  

The Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. After receiving a search warrant, officers searched the premise and located a “one pot” type meth lab and materials consistent with cooking methamphetamine. The lab and its components were seized and disposed of by the SBI Clandestine Laboratory Team.         

All three suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond apiece. They were all scheduled to make first court appearances Tuesday (September 13). 

The man wanted for killing a Shelby Police Officer was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island. 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner Jr. of Grover, North Carolina, was arrested early this morning. He is in custody in Rhode Island.

According to broadcast reports out of Providence, Rhode Island State Police say that officers believed the man wanted for shooting and killing 38-year-old Tim Brackeent was on Oxford Street in Providence. State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell said officers used tear gas to get into the building in Providence. The suspect’s half-sister, Jolisa Peeler, was also reportedly taken into custody at the home.

Peeler is reportedly charged with felony accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. In addition to Peeler, others have been arrested for aiding Fenner. Ashley Hamrick was arrested in North Carolina and charged with felony harboring an escapee. Additional suspects arrested for allegedly aiding Fenner are Deitra Morris and Casey Fenner.  

At about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Officer Brackeen was shot in the line of duty in the area of Parkview Street while searching for a subject who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Officer Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department since July of 2004. At the time of the shooting, he was assigned as a K-9 Officer. Officer Brackeen was married and had one daughter.

A ribbon cutting & open house will be held this Thursday (September 15) to celebrate Café Rule's grand opening in Hickory.

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and elected officials will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

From 5:00 p.m. until 9 p.m., open house tours of the new renovations and the innovative Chef’s Table & Chef’s Patio will be available.

Café Rule is located at 242 11th Ave NE in Hickory (the former Yousef 242). For more information, call Chrissy Schramm at 828-324-2005 or email

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