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30-year-old Tammy Michelle Blankenship of East Boyd Street in Maiden was served a felony indictment yesterday (April 23) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony indecent liberties with a child. She has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. Blankenship will appear in Superior Court on May 5 in Newton.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:38

LRU's New Building to be Called Grace Chapel

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As Lenoir-Rhyne University’s latest construction project comes into its final months, the University has announced the chapel’s name. The chapel, which sits in the center of campus, will henceforth be known as Grace Chapel.

While the name Grace is prevalent among churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America, Lenoir-Rhyne is the first Lutheran university in America to name its on-campus house of worship Grace.

Other universities have named their chapels after saints, donors or assorted theological concepts. The name was chosen from more than 20 ecclesiastical choices suggested.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:31

Lenoir Woman Held on $25K Bond as Fugitive

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23-year-old Danielle Marie Connor of Triplette Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (April 22) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. Connor will appear in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:21

Lenoir Man Charged with Forgery & Uttering; More

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43-year-old Terry David Shew of Sunflower Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 22) on eight counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count each of forgery of endorsement and uttering a forged endorsement. Shew was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:12

More Vehicle Break-Ins Reported in Lincoln County

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Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives are again investigating a number of overnight vehicle break-ins that occurred Monday night (April 21) in the Boger City area.

Thieves broke into at least 31 vehicles on Woolie Road, Green Acres Road, Ralph B. Keener Road and Sunny Hills Drive. The break-ins were discovered as residents were getting up and leaving for work. All of the vehicles were left unlocked.

Over 95 vehicles break-ins have occurred since March in an area east of Boger City along streets that run off Highway 150 and Highway 27.

Residents are encouraged to lock their vehicles in order to deter theft. Officers say several people heard barking dogs and heard cars doors opening and closing, but no one looked to see what was going on outside or called for law enforcement to check the area. Officers say citizens are making it easy for thieves by leaving items in plain view and not locking their car doors.

Suspicious activity should be reported to the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202, the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:08

Newton Man Convicted of Assault on Officer

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25-year-old Garison Sanders Jefferies of Newton was convicted in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court this week on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer.

After a two-day trial, the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half prior to returning the guilty verdict. Jefferies was sentenced to no less than seven months and no more than 18 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The assault occurred in October 2012 in Hickory and involved the defendant pushing a law enforcement Officer into a door.

Gordon Killian from the Hickory Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis prosecuted the case. The Honorable Eric Levinson presided over the trial.

Garison will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction in Raleigh for processing.

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.