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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will be the guest speaker for this year’s Century Club dinner. The dinner is an annual fundraiser held by the Catawba County Democratic Party.

This year’s Century Club Dinner will take place on Sunday, August 24, starting with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Crowne Plaza Ballroom, 1385 Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Tickets start at $100 per person.

Roy Cooper has previously been elected to both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate, where he served from 1991 to 2000. In 2000, Cooper was elected as the state’s Attorney General.

For more information about the Catawba County Democratic Party, call 828-322-5100 or visit catawbacountydemocrats.com.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:20

LINC Ministry to Present Jon Scott Concert Sunday

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The LINC Ministry (Linked in New Creative Ministries) will bring ​Nashville artist ​Jon Scott of the band Phoenix Drive to Hickory for a free outdoor concert on August 24 at 6 p.m. at Church of the Master UCC, 2230 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Scott’s music has been described as a unique blend of country and soul music, mixed with his message of love and hope for the world.

A hamburger and hot dog supper will be served at 5 p.m. The concert and dinner are free, but a free-will offering will be appreciated. The public is invited to attend. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the church.

LINC is an outreach association of six small churches working together to accomplish mission work they could not do as single congregations. The group operates the Gift & Thrift Store in Newton with profits from the store used to respond to a variety of community needs.

For more information about LINC or the Jon Scott concert, contact the Rev. Don Flick at jodonplace@aol.com or 828-495-8400.

60-year-old Kenneth Dewey Nicholson of Trinity Road in Statesville was arrested yesterday (August 19) on a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

His arrest stems from a recent multi-county registered sex offender verification and compliance check known as “Operation Double Deuce.” Nicholson’s residence was searched by Lt. William Hamby of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit, along with Agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Several firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in a closet. The guns were seized and processed as evidence.

Nicholson is a registered sex offender and has also been labeled as a recidivist offender. His first conviction was for indecent liberties with a child in 1995 and his second conviction was for sexual battery, which occurred in 2009 in Caldwell County. Following his second conviction, Nicholson was placed on the satellite-based monitoring program.

Following his arrest yesterday, Nicholson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under an unspecified secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

The case will be reviewed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms to see if Federal charges may be brought against Nicholson.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 06:54

Marion Man Charged with Felony Child Abuse

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20-year-old Brandon Lee Edwards of Formosa Drive in Marion has been arrested by McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

On Thursday, August 14, Edwards allegedly shook his three-month-old daughter and threw her to the ground, knocking her unconscious. The baby remains hospitalized.

Edwards will appear in District Court on September 3.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 06:51

Possible Hit & Run Suspect Vehicle Identified

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Authorities believe they have identified a possible suspect vehicle in a hit & run accident that killed 35-year-old John Morrison of Mountain View Monday morning (August 18). The accident occurred on Highway 321, just south of Interstate 40.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the vehicle is being processed for DNA evidence. No further information was released.

Anyone with information regarding the accident should call the Highway Patrol at 828-466-5500.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 06:47

Part Time Jobs Fair at L.R.U. Monday

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Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a Part Time Jobs Fair on Monday, August 25, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Rudisill Library’s second floor Learning Commons.

The Jobs Fair is an opportunity to promote part time jobs and internships for all the university’s majors.

To register, click here.

For more information, contact Travis Cook, Graduate Assistant in The Career & Professional Development Center, at 828-328-7709 or visit www.cpdc.lr.edu.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:37

Lenoir Man Indicted on Felony Meth Charge

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25-year-old Paul Edward Seeds, Jr. of Outlaw Lane in Lenoir was served a felony indictment yesterday (August 18) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine. Seeds also faces felony charges for possession or distribution of meth precursors and felony trafficking in methamphetamine.

He has been confined in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $122,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date in Lenoir was set for September 8.

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating break-ins at the Tobacco & Beer Outlet at 3598 North N.C. Highway 16 and at Denver Smokes at 120 South N.C. Highway 16, both in Denver. The incidents occurred this morning (August 19) less than 30 minutes apart.

At 12:30 a.m., Deputies responded to an alarm call at the Tobacco & Beer Outlet. Officers found the front glass door had been broken when a cinder block was thrown through it. The owner arrived and pulled up the store’s surveillance video, which showed two people entering the store and placing items into boxes. Both were wearing masks and blue jeans. One person was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and the other was wearing a long-sleeved shirt. The suspects exited through the front door and fled the scene in a vehicle of unknown description.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Deputies were checking businesses in the area of Highway 16 & 73 when they found the break-in at Denver Smokes. The store’s surveillance system showed that a rock was thrown through the door at 12:19 a.m. after a dark-colored S.U.V. pulled up to the front of the store. Two suspects got out of the vehicle and entered the store with boxes, gathered items and left within three minutes.

In both break-ins, it appears the thieves targeted only cigarettes.

18-year-old Zachary LaForce of Moorseville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony financial transaction card theft and felony financial transaction card fraud.

Events leading to his arrest began on June 20 when the Sheriff’s Office took a call from a victim who said her son, Zachary LaForce, had stolen her credit card and used it fraudulently. An investigation revealed that LaForce used the credit card to make purchases in Iredell County, totaling $558.82, and at a merchant in Mecklenburg County, totaling $11.12.

LaForce was arrested on August 12 and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on August 27.

The case remains under investigation by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

48-year-old Deborah Scoggins Mann of 42nd Avenue Circle N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (August 18) on one felony count of larceny by employee.

Mann was charged in connection to an incident on August 5 at Great Clips on North Center Street. An employee opened the store that morning and couldn’t find the cash drawer. The drawer had been accounted for the previous day. As she drove up, the employee noticed Mann, also a Great Clips employee, coming out of the business and leaving on foot.

That employee’s eyewitness account led Police to arrest Mann at her residence without incident yesterday. Less than $300 was stolen from the business. It was not recovered.

Mann was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. She will appear in District Court on August 20 in Newton.