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45-year-old Mark Shannon Mills of Souther Road in Old Fort has been charged by McDowell County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Alkire with eight felony counts each of larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.

In May, while Mills was a subcontractor for Crane Resistoflex, the company reported ten sintering tubes, valued at $100,000, missing. Det. Alkire said Mills stole the tubes and sold them to a scrap metal business on multiple occasions for a total of $2,000.

Mills was released from custody on a written promise to appear in court. No court date is currently listed.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia will present two virtual open houses beginning this Friday, July 11 between noon and 1 p.m. The final virtual open house session will be offered Wednesday, July 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Open house sessions will highlight the center’s Counseling program and online Human Services program. Those seeking professional degrees and an opportunity to accelerate their careers should attend.

Each virtual open house session will introduce enrollment counselors and the Dean of the Graduate School and will highlight various opportunities available at the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia. Information about financial aid opportunities, degree programs and campus housing will also be provided. Sessions are expected to last approximately one hour.

Go to Columbia.lr.edu to register. Contact Kohl Friery or Bria Rearden at 803-461-3296 for more information.

The Caldwell Arts Council has announced that Grassroots Arts Program Grant Applications are now available. Applications must be submitted to the Caldwell Arts Council by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 15. Allocations will be announced in mid-September.

The grants are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and are available to non-profit organizations for cultural arts programming in Caldwell County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county.

The application is available at www.caldwellarts.com. For more information, contact the Caldwell Arts Council at 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.com.

The March of Dimes Foothills Division has announced that Team Will in Iredell County has been ranked number two in the nation among Family Teams participating in the 2014 March for Babies. Team Will is the second highest fundraising Family Team in the nation.

In March of 2006, Mitch and Anna Johnson of Statesville gave birth to their first son, Will, nearly three months prematurely. Will weighed only one pound, five ounces at birth. His twin brother, Sam, was born three days later and weighed one pound, two ounces. As the result of various complications from the premature birth, Sam passed away two days after delivery. While Will was still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Johnson family formed Team Will.

Their fundraising efforts were led by now eight-year-old Will and his parents. In 2014, they raised more than $77,000 during the Iredell County March for Babies campaign. They have been among the top Family Teams statewide and nationally since 2009. Since inception, Team Will has raised more than $313,000 to aid in the Foundation’s efforts. The Johnsons will receive national recognition from the Foundation this fall.

More than four million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. The March of Dimes helps them all through research, education and vaccines.

Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:14

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

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21-year-old Gregory Michael Cramer of Meadow Circle in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (July 8) by Hudson Police for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was given a custody release with a District Court appearance in Lenoir set for tomorrow.

42-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (July 8) for misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods or property and first-degree trespass. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $23,800, secured. District Court dates in Lenoir were scheduled for August 14 and September 15.

28-year-old Eric Dale Jones of Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir was served an indictment yesterday (July 8) by Lenoir Police on charges of felony trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. He also faces charges for D.W.I., allowing a vehicle to be driven with no registration, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Jones was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and District Court were set for September 8.

Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency, will host a special "Everything Free" Community Outreach event on July 26 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Brown Penn Recreation Center, 735 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory. The event will feature music and testimony. Exodus Homes has hosted similar events for 16 years.

The "Everything Free" giveaway will include furniture, clothing, Bibles, haircuts, manicures and face painting for kids, with hot dogs and hamburgers for all who attend. ALFA will provide free and confidential HIV testing with immediate test results during the event and the League of Women Voters will offer voter registration.

The Umoja Project and Exodus Church clergy will be available to talk one on one with people who need spiritual support and guidance.    

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Smith Walker at revsusanwalker@gmail.com or 828-962-8196.

Newton Police report that their investigation into the death of Maggie Daniels continued yesterday (July 9) as Investigators followed up on tips and leads. As a result of their expanded neighborhood canvas, Investigators continued to conduct interviews and sort through information gathered.

According to one published report, Ms. Daniels had expressed concern about her safety approximately a year ago. A friend wrote to her via Twitter, encouraging her to be careful of a neighbor and suggesting that she take a self-defense class. Newton Police did not comment. Police say Ms. Daniels had not contacted them with any concerns.

Ms. Daniels’ body was found in her apartment on June 28. Newton Police announced two days later that the investigation into her death is a homicide investigation.

Investigators will continue to follow up on all tips and leads as they are reported. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

32-year-old Nadiaya Rosalyn Johnson of 9th Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (July 8) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

She was arrested in connection to a vehicle stop on the morning of July 3 as Police attempted to serve a warrant. After a vehicle chase, Johnson and 34-year-old Melvin Franklin Mull of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory both jumped and ran from the vehicle. Mull was apprehended and charged with assault on a female and resisting arrest, but Johnson eluded authorities until yesterday.

She was taken into custody without incident at her apartment and processed at H.P.D. Johnson was released under a $2,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.