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17-year-old Kristyn Carson, a senior trumpet player at Hickory High School, has been selected to perform in the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Carson will join 245 musicians and dancers representing all 50 states as they perform in the Great American Marching Band. Each performer was selected through a rigorous application process and recommendations. She was nominated by Carson Williams, a band teacher at Hickory High.

A trumpet player since the sixth grade, Carson will fly to New York for three days of rehearsal just prior to Thanksgiving Day. The band will be provided with new uniforms. On the day of the parade, band members will leave the hotel at 2 a.m. for a final rehearsal that will take place on the streets from 77th and Central Park West on the way to Sixth Avenue and Macy’s Herald Square.

In addition, Western Carolina University’s band will perform in the parade, including three Hickory High alumni. They are Christopher Leeper, Terence Hector and J.R. Brodie.

The live NBC broadcast will begin at 9 a.m.

36-year-old Amanda Michelle Watts and 40-year-old Alfred Wayne Watts, Jr. of Springfield Drive in Lincolnton have both been cited by criminal summons as overage persons aiding & abetting possession of alcohol by underage persons.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Propst served the summons yesterday (November 13) in connection to a party at the Watts’ residence on November 1 that involved underage drinking. The couple allegedly allowed the consumption and possession of alcohol by underage persons. The summons states that alcohol was made readily available to underage persons with the Watts’ knowledge and consent. Amanda Watts is a substitute teacher in the Lincoln County School System.

The parents of some of the underage persons reported the incident to Lt. Propst on November 10. Interviews revealed that the party was attended by a mixed group of adults and teenagers.

The Watts will appear in Lincoln Co. District Court on December 5.

29-year-old Shannon Renae Hodge of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:35 yesterday afternoon (November 13) for felony larceny by servant or other employee.

Hodge was an employee at the McDonald’s restaurant on Highway 70 N.E. in Hickory. Management at McDonald’s called H.P.D. after they suspected Hodge of taking cash from the register.

McDonald’s was able to provide video surveillance footage implicating Hodge. She allegedly took about $1,800 on several occasions, possibly starting in early October of this year.

Hodge was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

22-year-old Marcus De Shawn Mayfield of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (November 13) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Mayfield was arrested after a vehicle he was in was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Witnesses told Police they saw Mayfield open the trunk and throw several guns off the overpass that crosses Interstate 40. Police recovered at least two firearms: a shotgun and a pistol.

Mayfield was arrested on the scene without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. The designation comes in recognition of the system’s exemplary clinical performance in multiple specialties. Top Performers are recognized for attaining excellence in using evidence-based processes that are shown to improve care. Blue Ridge is ranked among the top 33% of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported accountability measure performance data for 2013.

Blue Ridge was recognized for achievement in several areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. To be named as a Top Performer, the hospital achieved the highest levels of performance in providing evidence-based care in those areas. Evidence-based practices include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery and identifying pneumonia in patients early in their hospital experience.

Across North Carolina, 39 hospitals were named to the Joint Commission’s Top Performer list this year. They are among 1,224 hospitals recognized this year.

Friday, 14 November 2014 11:38

Hickory Man Faces Multiple Assault Charges

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20-year-old Raheem Shaiquan Harper of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (November 13) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun, assault & battery, communicating threats and second-degree trespass.

He was arrested after Police responded to a domestic dispute at about 8 a.m. yesterday. A 20-year-old female victim told Officers she was assaulted by Harper, who had run away before Police arrived. The victim had red marks on her face, chest and neck. Her injuries were not life-threatening and did not require medical attention.

Warrants were issued for Harper’s arrest. Police spotted Harper at about 2 p.m. on foot near the Ridgeview Recreation Center. He walked towards the Hillside Gardens apartment complex where he was taken into custody without incident. Harper was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond on the domestic assault charges. Bond was set at $300, secured, on the trespassing charge. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

The Hickory Police Department has started collecting toys and monetary donations for the Cops for Tots “Christmas Wish House”. The program began in the early 1980s and served approximately 12 families. Cops for Tots has expanded over the years and, in 2008, almost 2300 children benefited from the program.

The Christmas Wish House will be at the Winkler Park Activity Center (next to L.P. Frans stadium) on Clement Boulevard on December 15, 16 and 17. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

City of Hickory residents can attend on the 15th. Catawba County residents can attend on the 16th and Hickory addresses in Burke, Caldwell or Alexander counties can attend on the 17th.

Participants will be required to show proof of address such as a utility, cable or phone bill. In an effort to allow more children in need to receive toys, families who are serviced by the Christmas Bureau in 2014 will not be able to shop at the Christmas Wish House. A parent or guardian of the child must present a photo I.D. of themselves, along with the birth certificate or Medicaid card for each child. Children from birth to 16 years of age are eligible to receive toys. No social security cards will be accepted. No children are allowed inside.

Collection boxes for new or slightly used toys have been placed at the following locations: the lobby at Hickory Police Department; Viewmont Elementary, Jenkins Elementary, Oakwood Elementary, Davidson, Holland, Whitesell & Co. on 13th Avenue Place N.W.; Scruples H.A.I.R on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard; the U.P.S. stores on North Center Street and Highway 70 S.E.; Lou Lou’s Corner on Union Square and the NAPA Auto Store on Highway 70 S.E.

Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cops for Tots, Hickory Police Department, 347 2nd Avenue S.W., Hickory, N.C. 28602. Make checks payable to “Cops for Tots”. 100% of monetary donations are used to purchase additional toys.

For more information, call 828-261-2642.

Dr. Steve Stone, Superintendent of Caldwell County Schools, is one of eight nominees for North Carolina’s A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year award. The winner will be announced at an awards presentation and reception on Tuesday, November 18, at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro beginning at 5:45 p.m.

The North Carolina Superintendent of the Year is chosen by a selection committee appointed by the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association, in conjunction with its umbrella organization - the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) - and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). The three organizations co-sponsor the annual award that recognizes outstanding leadership in K-12 public schools and is named in honor of former State Superintendent A. Craig Phillips. The digital learning company, Pearson, is the event sponsor and will provide a $5,000 award to the state winner.

Other nominees are from the Perquimans, Carteret, Greene, Cumberland, Rockingham, Union and Transylvania county school systems.

The recipient of this year’s award will compete for the National Superintendent of the Year honor, which will be presented next February at the National Conference on Education in San Diego.

Friday, 14 November 2014 06:43

Maiden Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

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24-year-old Jessica Louise Keller of Airport Road in Maiden has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of misdemeanor larceny, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Keller was jailed early this morning (November 14) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $24,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court Monday (November 17) in Newton.

40-year-old Christopher Lee Rathbone has been arrested and charged with 32 counts of felony embezzlement.

Yesterday (November 12), Det. Robert “Trey” Hayes and Officer Rick Hensley of the Lincolnton Police Department traveled to the York County Detention Center in York, South Carolina where Rathbone was being held as a fugitive from North Carolina.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department and the North Carolina Lottery Commission. Rathbone allegedly stole lottery tickets, activated the lottery tickets and collected the winnings from the tickets while he was an employee at the A-1 Express store in Lincolnton.  

Authorities in Lincoln County received information regarding Rathbone’s whereabouts and Rock Hill Police arrested the suspect on charges filed by the Lincolnton Police Department.

Upon his return to Lincolnton, Rathbone was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible

Rathbone has previous convictions for the sale of cocaine, felony larceny, felony forgery of an instrument, felony uttering a forged instrument, felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, shoplifting, leaving the scene of an accident, simple possession of marijuana, resisting a public officer and several traffic related charges.