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Carolina Vines and Winstead Architecture in Newton have won the North Carolina Main Street Center award for best adaptive reuse project.

Twyla McDermott, Dennis Baucom and Michael Waltuch created Carolina Vines at the former Phyllis’ Crafts location at 19 North College Avenue in downtown Newton. McDermott’s mother, Phyllis Deese, closed Phyllis’ Crafts in 2010.

The project involved removal of paint from the building’s brick façade to reveal rows of rare, blond-face brick. The building’s upper level was stabilized. A complete renovation of the lower level included installation of a wine bar, serving kitchen, retail & display areas and a lounge. Winstead Architecture of Newton served as architect for the project.

Carolina Vines showcases the work of local artists and serves as a venue for local musicians. A concert series and other events are scheduled this summer.

With the assistance of Newton’s Main Street program, the business owners secured a $50,000 grant to help complete the $339,000 project. Carolina Vines created six new jobs and ensured that the 2,400 square feet of retail space would continue to contribute to the local economy. The business generates more than $80,000 in annual payroll, plus added sales taxes, property taxes and utility revenues.

For more information about Carolina Vines, visit carolina-vines.com. For more on N.C. Main Street, visit nccommerce.com/rd/main-street.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:00

Work Underway on Bridge in S.E. Catawba County

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun nighttime bridge maintenance on the west end of the bridge at the entrance to the Marshall Steam Station on N.C. 150 in southeastern Catawba County.

The work will be done, weather permitting, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of the bridge will be closed during that time.

Message boards will be in place to remind motorists to reduce their speeds when approaching steel plates on the bridge, which will be used during the maintenance work. The work is scheduled for completion by May 1.

36-year-old Carly Buchanan Thorpe of Unity Church Road in Denver was arrested Tuesday (April 14) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Thorpe is a former home health care nurse. She’s been charged with using an elderly victim’s credit card for months after she was terminated. Thorpe had been the home health nurse for an 89-year-old patient and was authorized to make purchases on the patient’s credit card until she was terminated in November 2014. The daughter asked the bank in January 2015 to remove Thorpe as an authorized user but the bank failed to do so.

The suspect continued to make purchases totaling $3,108.07 between January 2015 and April 2015 until the daughter cancelled the credit card. Thorpe was arrested on April 14, 2015 and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

39-year-old Christopher Robin Vance and 33-year-old Kenneth Matthew Gowan, both of the same Mountain Laurel Court, Vale, address, were served indictments by the Hickory Police Department. Both men have been indicted on felony counts of breaking and entering to a building and larceny after breaking and entering.

The charges are in connection with a 2012 case in which cleaning supplies were stolen out of a supply closet at Merchants Distributors Incorporated or MDI in Granite Falls. Vance previously worked on a cleaning crew that was used by MDI, he was fired prior to the theft of the supplies. The two suspects were initially arrested following the theft in 2012, the indictments were served on Tuesday (April 14).

Bond for both suspects was set at $5,000 secured. They’re scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Newton on Friday (April 17).

46-year-old Patricia Ann Ellis of 2nd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 14) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of schedule two controlled substance, and resisting a public officer.

The arrest resulted from a vehicle stop that occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at 312 South Center Street. Hickory Police Officers searched the vehicle, during the search they found and seized one gram of crack cocaine.

Ellis was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today in Newton.

40-year-old Kevin Franklin Ashley was arrested Tuesday (April 14) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Ashley was placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 15).

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 05:32

Hickory Man Charged With Several Drug Offenses

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31-year-old Quinton Javar Davis of 22nd Avenue in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell schedule II controlled substance, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Davis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 15).

74-year-old Clifford Ernest Lindsey of North Main Avenue in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of selling or delivering a controlled substance within less than 1,000 feet of a school, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule IV controlled substance, two counts of sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, three counts of maintaining a place to keep controlled substances, one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, one count of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, one count of delivering schedule II controlled substance, and one count of manufacturing marijuana.

Police reports say that Linsdey sold drugs to undercover officers. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $140,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 15).

Hickory Public Library recently completed draft #4 of its new strategic plan, based on information provided over the last several months by the public, staff, Steering Committee, and many diverse groups in the community. It’s time now to seek input on this latest phase in the process. First, everyone is encouraged to go to the library’s website, www.hickorync.gov/library, click on the link to a survey, and share opinions about how we’re doing thus far. Second, a public focus group is scheduled on Monday, April 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library to allow people to comment on any aspect of the proposed plan. Consultant Dr. Anthony Chow will facilitate the discussion.

A news release from the library system asks citizens to celebrate National Library Week by letting them know how you think your public library can best serve the needs of the community for the next three years. Take a few minutes to complete the online survey, and plan to come to the public focus group April 27. Call the library at 828-304-0500 ext. 7276 if you’d like more information.

The strategic planning process is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Hickory Public Library, a department of the City of Hickory, includes Patrick Beaver Memorial Library located at 375 3rd Street NE and Ridgeview Branch Library at 701 1st Street SW.

The City of Morganton Main Street Department been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

Morganton was designated as an N.C. Main Street Community in 1982, and during the last 30-plus years, the program has generated more than $60 million dollars of public and private investment into downtown.

“We have accomplished some really progressive and innovative things to improve downtown Morganton,” Main Street Department Director Sharon Jablonski said. “It really takes a team effort from a lot of committed people in the private and public sector to build a community like ours, and Morganton has been blessed with those kinds of people.”

Some notable achievements of the Morganton Main Street Department include continued building improvements and beautification in the district, the recruitment of Marquee Cinemas, a seven-screen movie theater, into downtown, and the success of the Historic Morganton Festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors into Morganton every September.

Some of the more recent accomplishments that Jablonski is proud of include providing grants to local businesses and property owners via the Main Street Solutions Fund Grant Program, the receipt a few years ago of an NC Golden LEAF grant that was used to help rejuvenate the local tourism office and attract visitors into Morganton and Burke County, and the City’s Wayfinding program.

The Main Street Department’s performance is evaluated each year by the N.C. Main Street Center, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet the ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.