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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:05

H.C.T. Hands Out its Annual Kay Awards

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The Hickory Community Theatre presented its annual Kay Awards Saturday night on the stage of the Jeffers Theater. Three cast members from “Les Miserables” – Nathan Crabtree, William Morgan and Edyth Pruitt – served as the evening’s hosts. The awards are named for HCT’s founding director, Kay Johnson. 15 awards and honors were presented with the acting awards based on voting by audience members during the season.

The Outstanding Supporting Actress was Carol Anne Hartman for her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables.”   The Outstanding Supporting Actor was Bob Smith for his role as Passepartout in “Around the World in 80 Days.”

The Outstanding Character Actress award went to Edyth Pruitt for her role as Madame Thenardier in “Les Miserables.” The Outstanding Character Actor was Steve Austin for his role as Patsy in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

The Outstanding Newcomers were Karla Woggon for her role as Mrs. Beauregarde in “Willy Wonka Jr.” and Jeff Manus for his role as the Bishop of Digne and as an ensemble member in “Les Miserables.”

Norma Frank won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance as Ethel Thayer in “On Golden Pond.”   There was a tie for Outstanding Lead Actor with the awards going to James Best for his role as Norman Thayer in “On Golden Pond” and to Charles Jeffers for his role as Francis Biddle in “Trying.”

“Les Miserables” was recognized as the Outstanding Ensemble.

HCT’s Technical Director Tony Chambers recognized Christine Levy as the Outstanding Technical Volunteer and John Rambo, HCT’s Managing Director, named Taryn Stinson as Volunteer of the Year.

John Brinkley, HCT Past President, gave the President’s Award to Allen Finley in recognition of his work on behalf of the theater’s capital campaign. Brinkley himself was presented with special recognition by Thom Hutchens, the President of the HCT Guild.

The Kay Awards were sponsored by CBSA Architects and The Compounding Pharmacy. The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

The Alexander County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors have announced plans to help improve the exterior appearance of retail businesses in the county through a Building Improvement Grant. Annually, the EDC will offer a maximum of five grants of $1,000 each to qualified building owners or tenants. The grant is a 50/50 reimbursement of expenses with a maximum grant of $1,000 per grant application.

The purpose of the Building Improvement Grant program is to provide an economic incentive to properly renovate or restore building exteriors of retail businesses in Alexander County.

For additional information, contact the EDC’s Gary Herman at 828-632-1378 or glherman@alexandercountync.gov.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:17

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

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38-year-old Tracie Dianah Bass of Brannock Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count for possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested when Police were called to the Probation Office on Main Avenue N.E. at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon (August 18) in reference to a drug violation. A Probation Officer there saw Bass in the parking lot next door. As the Officer approached Bass, she saw Bass going through a pocketbook. The Officer handcuffed Bass and conducted a warrantless search, which resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag containing 0.2 grams of methamphetamine, a syringe and a lighter.

Bass was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for August 20 in Hickory.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:05

Victim Identified in Yesterday's Fatal Hit & Run

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The victim in yesterday’s fatal hit & run accident on Highway 321 has been identified as 35-year-old John Morrison of Mountain View. A truck driver spotted Morrison’s body at 6:47 a.m. yesterday.

Investigators with the N.C. State Highway Patrol found parts of a Honda Civic near the body, but have since determined that the tire impressions left by the Honda were about a week old. They are no longer sure of suspect vehicle’s make and model. Investigators say the vehicle will have damage to the hood and possibly the windshield.

Morrison was hit after he was dropped off at River Road with plans to walk to his girlfriend's house. He was last seen alive at about 1:40 a.m. An autopsy was scheduled for today or tomorrow (August 19-20).

The Highway Patrol is asking anyone with information to call 828-466-5500 or *HP (*47). The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:02

Fire Destroys Connelly Springs Home

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Fire destroyed a home at 6591 Maple Grove Avenue in Connelly Springs late yesterday afternoon (August 18). Several area fire departments responded to the blaze.

An adult and a child were in the home when the fire occurred. They escaped without injury. No Firefighters were injured.

The house is believed to be a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:59

Suspect Charged in B&E at Morganton Tire Store

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61-year-old Roger Dale Brown, Jr. of Morganton has been charged with breaking & entering into a business with the intent to commit larceny, breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

He was arrested yesterday (August 18) after Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a break-in at the Tire Specialists II store, 380 East Fleming Drive in Morganton. The vehicle break-in also occurred at the business. Investigators gathered evidence that led to Brown’s arrest.

Some of the stolen property and currency was recovered. Additional charges are possible.

After his arrest, Brown was incarcerated in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Morganton.

The Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center will present "How to Start a Small Business" on Thursday, August 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CVCC's Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville.

The program is designed to help participants assess their skill sets, determine the feasibility of their business concepts and consider legal structure options and requirements for their business ideas. The workshop covers many facets of the business start-up, including the need for a well thought out business plan, and provides information on the various resources available to assist with starting a business.

There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact the CVCC Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit http://sbc.cvcc.edu to register on-line.

50-year-old Deborah Anderson Ervin of Ken Dar Lane in Hudson, 36-year-old Donna Julianna Watson of Norwood Street in Lenoir and 32-year-old Amanda Joy West of Fork Road in Lenoir were all arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 17). They were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. All three women were jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $25,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow in Lenoir.

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Monday, 18 August 2014 13:55

Odom Indicted in Daniels Murder Case

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34-year-old Sharman (a.k.a. Sherman) Howard Odom of Newton has been indicted for felony murder, felony first-degree sexual offense and felony first-degree kidnapping.

The 18 member Catawba County Grand Jury was presented with evidence by Investigators from the Newton Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The indictments are the result of an ongoing investigation into the death of Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” Daniels on June 27.

Odom is currently being held in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. He will appear in Superior Court in Newton on October 6.

22-year-old Kelsey Saxton Trumble of Granite Falls has been convicted of felony indecent liberties with a child following a four-day trial last week in Caldwell County Criminal Superior Court. The jury deliberated for more than two hours before returning the guilty verdict. Trumble was given a suspended sentence of no less than 16 months and no more than 20 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction and was placed on supervised sex offender probation for a period of 36 months. He must also serve an active sentence of 90 days. Upon his release, Trumble will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry for a period of 30 years.

The crime occurred during the summer of 2010 in Caldwell County. Trumble was 18 and was a babysitter for the victim, who was under the age of 12 at the time of the offense.

Detective Shelly Hartley from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County and the Caldwell Co. Department of Social Services. Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Lee and Dawn Tutterow prosecuted the case and the Honorable Robert T. Sumner presided over the trial.